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Animalympics (1980)

Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Family | 19 June 1980 (USA)
The animal kingdom stages its own olympic games.


Steven Lisberger


Steven Lisberger (character development), Roger Allers (character development) | 6 more credits »




Cast overview:
Gilda Radner ... Barbra Warblers / Brenda Springer / Cora Lee Perrier / Tatyana Tushenko / Dorrie Turnell / The Contessa (voice)
Billy Crystal ... Rugs Turkell / Joey Gongolong / Art Antica (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Keen Hacksaw / Mayor of Animal Olympic Island / Burnt Woody / Mark Spritz (voice)
Michael Fremer Michael Fremer ... Henry Hummel / René Fromage / Kit Mambo / Bolt Jenkins / Kurt Wuffner / Dean Wilson / Mele / Count Maurice Boar-Deaux / Jackie Fuelit / Bear McLane / Gui Lafluke / Bjorn Freeborg / Mamo Ululu (voice)


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 Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Brad Bird, now famous for his work with several great Pixar films, was one of the animators for Animalympics. See more »


When Kit starts to move to catch up to Rene during the Marathon, Barbara Wabbler states she's "currently in a disappointing fifth position", yet she passes four runners before catching up to Rene (leader), which would have put her in sixth position, not fifth. See more »


Otter: Dude, they're going all the way!
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Alternate Versions

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.
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Edited into The Making of 'Tron' (2002) See more »


I Don't Think I Can Go Through This Again
Written and Produced by Frank Zappa
Performed by Frank Zappa (as the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra and Chorus)
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A good movie
5 February 2005 | by uruguayita_mimosaSee all my reviews

I have just seen this movie, on TV. Saturday, drinking tea, and using the remote control hoping for a miracle in channel 12 of Montevideo, Uruguay. And it appears!!... This is a very nice movie, you can laugh, think, cry and find references to events, characters, behaviors of many people at their time. And seeing on 2005, after how comics and cartoons have evolved it is a pleasure. It was a pity that I could not enjoy Billy Cristal's voice cause it was in Spanish. It contains many jokes, references to particular historical situations. It portraits quite well the life of athletes and how maybe they give all their life such in gymnastics. I really enjoy this " before born" joke about her.

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19 June 1980 (USA) See more »

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Animalympics - As Feras das Olimpíadas See more »

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