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->''"In all creatures great and small, there resides a spirit of athletic competition..."''

''Animalympics'' is an animated film produced by Steven Lisberger (who would later create ''{{Tron}}'' for Disney). The film was originally conceived as a pair of specials for Creator/{{NBC}} to air during the 1980 OlympicGames (one for the Summer Games and one for the Winter Games), but the American boycott of the Summer games that year put the kibosh on those plans. Lisberger's studio instead released ''Animalympics'' in theaters as a single feature film.

The film consists of a series of vignettes representing news coverage of the "Animalympics", which as you can imagine are the Olympics for anthropomorphic animals. The main event is the marathon, in which the two favorites (the obsessively driven goat René Fromage, and YouGoGirl lioness Kit Mambo) take an early lead... and also take to each other. Other highlights include the rags-to-riches tale of track-and-field alligator Bolt Jenkins, a fencing match that turns into a pastiche of Errol Flynn movies, and a hockey game that almost literally turns into all-out war.
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* {{Acrofatic}}: Ilsa Blintz the hippo during the Vault section, as well as the elephant acrobat on the uneven parallel bars.
** Subverted: Ilsa Blintz only gets a score of 4.5 (Keen Hacksaw wonders if that was actually the reading on the Richter Scale), the Elephant's routine ends in disaster (she destroys one of the uneven bars), and Keen Hacksaw does a lap around the track in 46 seconds, and says [[LampshadeHanging "Not bad for a fatso"]].
* Adorkable: Henry Hummell the tortoise announcer, despite being based on...of all people...[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Kissinger Henry Kissinger]].
* AnimalStereotypes: Played straight in some places, averted in others.
* AssumedWin: For downhill skiing, Marcel Pourseau [[spoiler:loses to Kurt Wuffner, who had disappeared some days earlier, but showed up just in time]]; for fencing, Count Maurice Boardeaux? [[spoiler:Nope, the Contessa, who appears out of nowhere]], and the Marathon, Rene Fromage? Kit Mambo? [[spoiler: They tie for gold.]]
* AwardBaitSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTp9v7-sERM#t=6m10s "We've Made It to the Top"]] by Graham Gouldman.
* BigDamnHeroes: Right after Count Boardeux wins a gold medal in fencing through unscrupulous tactics, the Contessa literally swoops in and shows him what-for.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: TV will occasionally play a version of the movie with a lot of "inappropriate" material removed.
* BoxingKangaroo: One of the participants in the boxing match. Of course. Billy Crystal voices him mimicking Muhammad Ali.
* CanadaEh: The North American ice hockey team is apparently Canadian; the coach and a few of the players have French-Canadian accents, and "O Canada" plays as the climactic game-winning goal is made.
* CatchPhrase: "Fer sure", courtesy of Dean Wilson.
* CharacterFocus: Born out of necessity, due to the four-person voice cast. For all intents and purposes, René and Kit represent the marathon, Bolt Jenkins is track and field, Kurt Wuffner is skiing, and Dean Wilson is the aquatic events. Less broad events get their own one-off characters who are never heard of beyond said events.
* ChestOfMedals: A dolphin [[note]]This one isn't even subtle -- his name is ''Mark Spritz'' (Mark Spitz won 7 medals at Munich, which was the record for one Olympics until Michael Phelps came along).[[/note]], who helps narrate the swimming and diving section, has an impressive set of gold medals. He takes them off and sets them down with an audible clank.
* CurbStompBattle: The boxing match, which goes thus: The kangaroo hops around the bull a few times, then taunts him by kissing his nose. The bull then grabs the kangaroo by the neck and punches him in the face, sending him spinning into the ropes. The kangaroo then spins back out and catapults himself back at the bull, hitting him in the gut. Then the kangaroo lands a punch to the nose, then to the top of the head. Two more jabs to the nose and an uppercut later, the match is over. The bull was knocked out, the kangaroo only took one hit.
-->'''Turkell:''' You let down your coach! You let down your country! You let down your mother! You're a bum steer! But most importantly, you let down yourself! And now you can let ''me'' down!
* DartboardOfHate: We see in Janos Brushteckel's locker room a picture of Joey Gongalong, with a mustache and goatee drawn on it, covered in little holes.
* {{Determinator}}: Everybody, given that this is about winning Olympic events, but René really puts out the image.
* DisneyAcidSequence: Two big ones:
** The most obvious example is Dean Wilson's "Underwater Fantasy", a/k/a "the movie's taking a break for a few minutes, so go ahead and grab a snack or use the can if you need to."
** Rene Fromage's "Love's Not For Me" is the other big one.
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Barbara Warblers, one of the commentators, has this.
* EverythingsBetterWithLlamas: One of the soccer teams is a South American pack of llamas.
* FatBastard: Count Maurice Boardeaux.
* FeatherFingers: In an interesting example, The Contessa can still fly although she has upper limbs that are 95% indistinguishable from human arms.
* {{Flynning}}: During the fencing event.
* FurryConfusion: A few jokes about this, including a picture of an elephant gymnast wearing [[PrettyInMink a Russian lynx coat and hat]].
* {{Gainaxing}}: Quite carefully attended to in one scene featuring Brenda Springer.
** Kit Mambo and [[NonMammalMammaries The Contessa]] are no slouches in this department either.
* GratuitousDiscoSequence: "Go For It," set in the Noah's Ark disco.
* GretzkyHasTheBall: Sometimes they get it, sometimes they exaggerate it, and sometimes there's moments like the "Platform Diving" graphic introducing the springboard diving segment.
* HartmanHips: Kit Mambo and especially Brenda Springer.
** Lampshaded by Kit's "strategy" (take an early lead and break Rene's concentration).
* HurricaneOfPuns: Like you wouldn't believe, verbally ''and'' visually. The closed captioning even goes out of its way to [[DontExplainTheJoke explain some of them]].
* IWantSong: René's "Love's Not For Me" is sort of an ''inverse'' IWantSong from the lyrics alone, but the visuals during the number make it more clearly one of this type.
* InelegantBlubbering: Ilsa Blintz when she gets a 4.5 on the vault. Also Count Maurice Boardeaux, when The Contessa beats him in fencing.
* InterspeciesRomance: A number of them: Kit and René [[CarnivoreConfusion most obviously]], but also a husband-and-wife figure-skating team who happen to be a lizard and a chicken, plus several hookups at the disco.
* IsThisThingStillOn: A silent example: When Bolt Jenkins watches his former hero utterly bung up the high jump, he looks at the camera with an amused smirk, before realizing he's supposed to be looking determined.
** Another silent example: When Tatyana Tushenko scores her perfect 10, the camera cuts to her [[{{Adorkable}} jumping up and down and screaming with glee]] before she catches herself and hastily reverts into TheStoic mode.
* KickTheDog: One of the commentators isn't afraid of letting the loser of the boxing match know that he's let down his coach, family, country, and ''himself''. The bull actually starts ''crying''.
--> '''Rugs:''' And now, you can let ''me'' down. ''(Cut to wide shot, Rugs is standing on the bull's head.)''
* LandmarkOfLore: Animalympic Island is apparently built on top of Atlantis.
* MaleGaze: See the "...Past the Radar" entry involving Kit.
* MeaningfulName: Anyone familiar with surf rock will instantly understand why the hero of the swimming events is named ''Dean Wilson''.
** Not to mention much of the cast has names indicative of their species. See HurricaneOfPuns above.
* MultinationalTeam: Country names are not used, teams just represent the continents: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Eurasia (which is supposed to be the Soviet Union).
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Asian freestyle swimmer, [[PunnyName Ono Nono]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Several of the commentators reference famous celebrities -- one of them, inexplicably, is a tortoise with the accent (and eyeglasses) of Henry Kissinger.
** Bolt Jenkins is based on John Travolta.
** Barbara Warblers is an obvious parody of Barbara Walters.
** Rugs Turkell is Howard Cosell as a turkey.
** Jackie Fuelit is a parody of Jackie Stewart.
* NotSoInnocentWhistle: The head of the Rats soccer team after swapping medals with the head of the Dogs.
* ParodyCommercial
* PettingZooPeople: Some more than others, some not at all.
* PyrrhicVictory: Of a sort. The visuals to the song "Love's Not For Me" near the end suggest that René Fromage will get his gold--and have absolutely nothing else in his life. [[spoiler: That's not his actual fate.]]
* PlayfulOtter: Dean Wilson.
* PopStarComposer: Graham Gouldman from the group 10cc, which made the charts a couple of times, so it counts.
* PrettyInMink: One of the Russian gymnasts is an elephant, and there is a shot of her wearing a russian lynx coat and hat.
* {{Pseudolympics}}: The entire show is based on this trope.
* PunnyName: Oh so many. Barbara Warblers, Art Antica, etc.
* RandomEventsPlot
* RemovableShell: Henry Hummel is shown to have one while getting a massage.
* ShoutOut: Loads, [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece many requiring some knowledge of 1980]]
** [[HeyItsThatVoice Barbara Warblers' voice actress was Gilda Radner]], who had often played Barbara Walters (or "Baba Wawa") in the same manner on SaturdayNightLive.
** Billy Crystal's Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell imitations were also part of his act long before this film.
** Also, the basketball-playing cats are a homage to the Harlem Globetrotters.
** Bolt Jenkins was [[TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest "born as a handbag"]][[note]]A pun on "Born ''in'' a handbag[[/note]]
** Creator/HarryShearer's voice for Keen Hacksaw later resurfaced as [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Springfield's own Kent Brockman]].
** One athlete is shown to be an actor on the side, and a clip is shown from his role in an [[Creator/IngmarBergman Ingmar Birdman]] film, including a ChessWithDeath scene right out of ''Film/TheSeventhSeal''.
** Possibly one to Nadia Comăneci, the Eurasian athlete who gets a perfect 10. Complete with coach expecting an abysmal score, as Nadia's perfect 10 was incorrectly displayed [[BrokeTheRatingScale due to a scoreboard that ]]''[[BrokeTheRatingScale couldn't ]]''[[BrokeTheRatingScale show a perfect 10 (it showed a 1.00)]].
* SillyLoveSongs: René and Kit's "With You I Can Run Forever," Kurt Wuffner's "Away From It All."
* StealthPun: Right at the beginning, you see a polar bear running with the torch to a coyote. The Announcer goes on about the "Thrill of Victory, and the [[AgonyOfTheFeet Agony of Defeat."]] [[DontExplainTheJoke The polar bear's feet are red hot at this point, and he's blowing on them after passing the torch.]]
* SuicideAsComedy: At least, threatened suicide. When Tatyana Tushenko is about to receive her score, her coach has a noose around his neck and has ChatteringTeeth (she receives a perfect 10). This may be an allusion to Nadia Comăneci, who also received a perfect 10 from the judges in the 1976 Olympics--but, because the scoreboard could only display 9.99, [[BrokeTheRatingScale her score was accidentally displayed as an abysmal 1.00]].
* SurferDude: Dean Wilson.
* TearsOfJoy: When Dorrie Turnell wins gold.
* ThemeNaming: Virtually all of the characters have names that either reference their species or their nationality.
* TrainingMontage: Bolt Jenkins' "Born to Lose," though his character more directly parodies Tony from ''SaturdayNightFever''.
* TwistEnding: [[spoiler: at the end of the marathon, Kit Mambo and Rene Fromage tie for first.]]
* UnnecessaryRoughness: Certainly the ice hockey game. There's probably some elsewhere, too.
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: The song "Love's Not For Me" (AKA Rene's Song) is all about this, especially the words at the end:
-->''So when the race is won\\
And there's nothing left to do\\
[[LonelyAtTheTop Alone again,]]\\
But where are you?''
* WhatsAHenway: Lampshaded. "This reminds me of the old joke, 'how much does a Grecian urn?' but [[LampshadeHanging you've probably heard it]]."
* WheelOfFeet: During the 100 Meter Dash, the contestants first show this, then [[UpToEleven take on the characteristics of drag-racing cars]]--complete with arms turning into exhaust pipes, bodies into engines, and releasing parachutes to stop them.
* YouFightLikeACow: During the Contessa's fencing match with Bordeaux:
-->'''Bordeaux''': You'll never fence again, Contessa!\\
'''Contessa''': Ha! You've never fenced ''before''!
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