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Animalympics (1980)

The animal kingdom stages its own olympic games.

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Steven Lisberger

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

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)
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Animalympics - As Feras das Olimpíadas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marathon runner René Fromage's last name means "cheese" in French. See more »

Goofs

During his musical sequence, René Fromage tosses a rose behind him, but then steps on it in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Keen Hacksaw: 4.5. Is that her score or the reading on the Ritcher scale?
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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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Connections

Spoofs ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Z.O.O
Written, Performed and Produced by Graham Gouldman
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Satirical fun that's wasted on children.
29 September 1999 | by GazHackSee all my reviews

A splendid satire on the Olympic industry and TV sports programmes. Plenty of recognisable types amongst the furry cast from the gushing bimbo interviewer to an intense USSR gymnast to a deadpan turtle anchorman. The animation is above average for TV but lacks the richness of Bluth or Disney. However that hardly matters because the real pleasure lies in the smart script, engaging vocal performances and first rate character design. Quite a lot of the more adult humour will sail over the heads of the young but older viewers can watch this movie again and again to pick up on the jokes they missed last time. An extremely underrated cartoon gem.


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