Izzy's Quest for Olympic Gold (lost animated TV special; 1995)
Izzy's Quest for Olympic Gold is a 30-minute animated TV special on TNT. The short film was produced by ACOG and Film Roman to promote and provide a backstory for Izzy the Whatizit, the mascot of the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics.
Izzy debuted during the closing ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and was immediately met with a backlash. The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games continued to promote the character over many media, including through the video game Izzy's Quest for the Olympic Rings for the SNES and Sega Genesis game consoles. Amidst criticism and ridicule over the character's design, ACOG approached Film Roman to revamp Izzy's appearance, as well as produce a 30-minute animated TV special.
Izzy's Quest for Olympic Gold debuted Saturday, August 12, 1995, on TNT. It aired at 5:30 PM EDT and again at 6:30 PM, and was repeated the following Sunday at 7:30 and 9:30 AM.
The special has never re-aired, has no known home release, and has yet to resurface online. Claims that the special was distributed internationally have never been substantiated. Apart from the poster, only a few design drawings and animation cels have been found.
According to the IMDb, veteran voice actors Rob Paulsen and Jim Cummings featured in the cast.
Some animation cels and concept art.
- Wikipedia article about Izzy Retrieved 19 Mar '16
- IMDb's page on the TV special. Retrieved 12 Dec '17
- 1995 Associated Press article on Izzy's Quest for Olympic Gold. Retrieved 12 Feb '14.