holiday animation Animalympics © Lisberger Studios
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A spoof of The Olympic Games TV coverage, with an all animal cast representing the nations of the world, produced to coincide with the 1980 Olympics. Animals come from all over the world to compete at Pawprint Stadium on Animalympic Island. The film takes the form of a series of linked vignettes satirising celebrity sports announcers, product endorsements, athelete bios; everything Olympian.

Created by: Lisberger Studios
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA
Featuring the voices of:
Billy Crystal ... Lodge Turkell
Gilda Radner ... Barbara Warbler, Brenda Springer, Coralee Perrier, Tatiana Tuschenko, Doree Turnell
Harry Shearer ... Keen Hacksaw
Directed by: Steven Lisberger
Musical Score by: Graham Gouldman
Writing Credits: Steven Lisberger and Michael Fremer
Animated by: Brad Bird, Bill Kroyer and Rich Fernalld

Originally broadcast on TV, though there is some suggestion it may have been originally intended for theatrical release. If this was the intent it obviously backfired catastrophically when the USA boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics which it was supposed to be cashing in on.

Soundtrack album by Graham Gouldman (of 10CC), sadly long out of print.

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