The 2008 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, will be celebrated this summer at the Beijing National Stadium in Beijing, People's Republic of China. This years Summer Premiere Event featured sculpture is a perfect tie-in to the upcoming Olympics. At left is a preview of the event postcard that will be mailing soon.
The 2008 Summer Premiere Event Sculpture will feature Goofy from The Olympic Champ (1942). Torchbearer, a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 2,008, sculpted by Patrick Romandy-Simmons will be available through Authorized Walt Disney Classics Collection Dealers and the Walt Disney Theme Parks, June 20-22, 2008.
As was common for shorts starring Disney's clumsy anthropomorphic dog, Goofy remains silent as a calm narrator provides contrast to the pratfalls on screen. In ancient Greece nearly 3000 years ago, a solo Goof illustrates different techniques of foot racing as well as hurdling, pole-vaulting, hammer-throwing and the decathlon, all events in the early days of the Olympics. Needless to say, visual gags are in high supply, from a finger-burning Olympic torch to a hammer throw which ends with a potent discovery of oil.