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Trivia / Animalympics

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  • Executive Meddling: The film was initially two specials set to air on NBC during the 1980 Winter Olympics and the 1980 Summer Olympics. Well, they managed to do the Winter Olympics just fine — but then the US boycotted the Olympics and Moscow, and the producers got screwed.
  • He Also Did:
    • If you look at the opening credits, you'll find a Mister Brad Bird as one of the animators.
    • This was Steven Lisberger's first major project, and he used it to raise money to pitch for a certain film called TRON. The backlighting effects in Animalympics were the basis for the visual effects in Tron. Many of those who worked on Animalympics would also work on Tron.
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    • You'll also see a lot of current Pixar employees here, too.
    • And Roger Allers, one of the directors of The Lion King (appropriately, he animated a lion).
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: There have been a few small VHS releases, but the movie's only DVD release so far was in Germany. Most of its recognition came from HBO in the 1980's. Fans had either better take very good care of their VHS tapes (purchased or recorded off HBO), or yoink a video-service version before the companies do.
    • The German DVD has English as a language option and comes with a little booklet containing the song lyrics in both languages for anyone who might want to sing along.
      • Now Averted; Henstooth Video finally gave it an official DVD release in April 2018.
    • The soundtrack had a rather limited vinyl release.
      • It was briefly put (in high quality) on a legal digital music download site, but taken down for reasons unknown. That copy is still floating around.
  • Talking to Himself: There were only four voice actors for this film (including future Simpsons star Harry Shearer).
    • For example, most of the boxing segment is Rugs Turkell (Howard Cosell as a turkey) interviewing Joey Gongalong (Muhammad Ali as a kangaroo). Billy Crystal does both of them.
    • Michael Fremer voices both René Fromage and his rival, Kit Mambo.
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    • All but one of the female characters were voiced by Gilda Radner.
  • Vindicated by Cable: Once again, HBO and Disney Channel to the rescue.
  • What Could Have Been: Much of the summer sports were cut short due to the US Boycott of the 1980 summer Olympics. We see glimpses of what would have been longer stories in biking, track and field, and other sports in a montage about 3/4 of the way through the show.


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