Any time the Olympics comes around, I think about Animalympics. It occurs to me that a lot of Dumm readers might be too young to know about this brilliant and largely forgotten animated feature from 1980. I don’t think it’s ever even been released on a Region 1 DVD.
I’m sure that, before 1980, plenty of people had secret yens for Bugs Bunny in drag, but I theorize that this movie was hugely important in the development of an entire subculture of people who are sexually attracted to cartoon animals. I feel pretty sure that, if not for Animalympics, we wouldn’t have furries as we know them. But that’s not why you should watch it. Watch it because:
The character designs, animation, and the gags are all top notch. It has a fantastic cast, including Harry Shearer, Billy Crystal, and Gilda Radner, and music from the guys in the classic yacht rock band 10cc. And the interstitial optical-effect titles will make you very nostalgic for the era (if you’re old like me), and they’re hilarious in their own right. Plus, you will cry at the end.
If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and check it out on youtube. It looks like there’s a good quality version HERE, in 8 parts.