I sometimes wonder how many people on tumblr are actually old enough to remember Animalympics. It makes me a little sad to think that many kids today grow up seeing nothing but computer-generated animation without ever getting to see some of the great things produced by human hands, pencil and ink, and honest to goodness paper.
That’s not the only nostalgic point about Animalympics, though — this film is a product of the waning years of the Cold War, and the Soviet Union receives its due representation. Just as in the 80s, the Soviet athletes portrayed in this film make a strong showing and are seen as North America’s primary rivals in the quest for gold. And unlike our rivalry with China today, the Soviet Union of yesteryear posed a serious threat to North American dominance of the Olympics.
Indeed, the world was a very different place 30 years ago.
Anyways, a fun fact for you before I go: If Keen Hacksaw sounds familiar to you, that’s because he’s voiced by Harry Shearer — the same man who would later go on to voice Kent Brockman using the exact same voice.
All that said, I invite you all to take a step back in time to my childhood, young’uns and old farts alike. Enjoy!