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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 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

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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Underrated gem!
27 February 2003 | by xxlittlekittenxxSee all my reviews

I think the word 'cheesy' can either be an awesome thing or a painfully awful thing. In this movie, it's awesome! 'Animalympics' screams the classic cheesy-ness late '70s, complete with a mostly soft rock soundtrack (which I really love). I saw it quite a bit when it was aired on Disney Channel time and time again during the early-to-mid '90s. I haven't seen it on TV in quite a while sadly.

This movie really sparked my imagination, nearly as much as 'Yellow Submarine' did. Sure, talking animals weren't new in 1979, but I don't think they've ever had so much personality! All the characters were some of the best developed I'd ever seen in a movie.

'Animalympics' is most entertaining before the very ending (after that, it's a tad saggy as the events get less interesting). I think the summer game events are some of the best in the whole movie, and the boxing scenes with the nod to Muhammad Ali are a laugh riot. The voices are brilliant! Gilda Radner and Billy Crystal were awesome in this movie, and I would have loved to see Gilda do more voice work. She was really cut out for it.

'Animalympics' is delightful to kids and adults alike with very sharp humor and exciting events. This was one of my all time favorites as a youngun, and although it's been a while since I've seen it (it's hard to find on video. I'm wishing and hoping for a DVD release), I remember it very fondly and would give nearly anything to see it again. Even though it's a tad expensive and out of print, I think it'll be worth shelling out a bit more than you'd usually pay for a movie.


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