Animalympics is all about the Animal Olympics Contest where all the animals around the world gather to take part in everything from skiing in North America to the very long marathon race in humid conditions. With lively music provided by Graham Gouldman, the film is very different to other cartoons, being more of a drama-comedy than cartoon. With a turtle hosting the proceedings and a killer whale competing against a sting ray in the swimming competition.Written by
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Many of the characters are caricatures of real personalities, such as: Barbara Warblers - Barbara Walters Dorrie Turnell - Dorothy Hamill Henry Hummel - Henry Kissinger Tatyana Tushenko- Nadia Comaneci Ruggs Turkel - Howard Cosell Joey Gongalong - Muhammed Ali Mayor of Olympic Island - Richard Nixon Ingmar Birdman - Ingmar Bergman Keen Hacksaw - Keith Jackson See more »
During his musical sequence, René Fromage tosses a rose behind him, but then steps on it in the next shot. See more »
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The original version of Animalympics was separated neatly into Summer and Winter Games halves. The version seen on TV and on video is the re-edited version, which most likely was created for its debut on HBO in the 80's. The version currently being shown on the Disney Channel has several edits:
A good deal of the "Noah's Ark Disco" sequence was cut (anything with animals smoking, drinking, and carousing)
Dean Wilson (the otter) saying of Kit Mambo and Rene, "Hey man, they're goin' all the way!" was cut.
Several other minor edits of topical 70's jokes were cut.
This film was made to co-incide with the 1980 Olympic games in Moscow. Sadly, the boycott over the USSR's invasion of Afghanistan damped much ethusiasm over the games, and this film fell by the wayside.
Now on video, and being marketed for the children's market, this film is a very clever spoof of network coverage of the olympic games, complete with jabs at celebrity worship and product endorsement (In one scene, a pole vaulter makes a record-breaking vault, and lands feet first into a studio set for a breakfast cereal commercial).
This film features the vocal talents of the late Gilda Radner, Harry Shearer (doing an incredible impersonation of Keith Jackson as "Keen Hacksaw"), Billy Crystal (lampooning Howard Cosell) and Michael Fremer. The very 1980's style music is by 10cc member Graham Gouldman.
There is no real "plot" to the film, just a series of linked vignettes about olympic sports (both summer and winter). Very clever.
The kids will love it for the action and animation. The adults will love it for the clever writing. A great film released at a bad time.
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