'Izzy's Quest For Olympic Gold' Mascot For Atlanta 1996 Original Hand Painted Animation Production Cel. 12 field cel on a reproduction background.
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 Super Nintendo 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 12th, 1995, on TNT.