Bambi Meets Godzilla

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Bambi Meets Godzilla
Bambi Meets Godzilla title card.jpg
Directed by Marv Newland
Produced by Marv Newland
Written by Marv Newland
Cinematography Marv Newland
Release date
1969
Running time
1:30

Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969) is a cartoon created entirely by Marv Newland. [1] [2] Less than two minutes long, the film is a classic of animation; it was listed #38 in the book The 50 Greatest Cartoons (1994).

Plot[edit]

The opening credits scroll over an animated image of the character Bambi serenely grazing while the Call to the Dairy Cows from Rossini's opera William Tell (1829) plays in the background. After the credits, Bambi looks up to see Godzilla's giant foot coming down, squashing him flat (set to the final chord of The Beatles' "A Day in the Life" slowed down to half speed). After a moment, the closing credits appear alongside held image of Godzilla's foot atop Bambi.

Only 12 of the film's 90 seconds of running time are devoted to the story's single gag. The bulk of the running time is consumed in the opening credits, all of which name Marv Newland, including crediting Newland's parents for "producing" Marv.[3] The closing credits give grateful acknowledgement to the city of Tokyo "for their help in obtaining Godzilla for this film".

Screenings and distribution[edit]

In 1973, Bambi Meets Godzilla was paired with John Magnuson's Thank You Mask Man by Randy Finley and Specialty Films in Seattle and released widely under the title The King of Hearts and His Loyal Short Subjects.[4][5] The program ran in repertory theaters across America and in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it ran for several years.[6]

Sequels and remakes[edit]

Two sequels made by other animators followed: Bambi's Revenge and Son of Bambi Meets Godzilla. [7]

In 2013 animator Coda Shetterly did a meticulous frame-by-frame recreation of the original via tracing the film frames and assembling the animation via digital video editing.[3][8]

Preservation[edit]

The Academy Film Archive preserved Bambi Meets Godzilla in 2009.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amazon.com: Bambi Meets Godzilla & Other Weird Cartoons VHS
  2. ^ a b "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive. 
  3. ^ a b Jardin, Xena. "Fan Restoration of "Bambi Meets Godzilla"". BoingBoing. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Added Short Subjects". The Milwaukee Journal. Jan 27, 1975. Retrieved 26 May 2016 – via Google News Archive. 
  5. ^ Merlino, Doug (2005-03-22). "the Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History". HistoryLink.org. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  6. ^ "Alan Bates Film Archive: "King of Hearts"". Alanbates.com. 1995-06-15. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  7. ^ Amazon.com: Spike & Mike's Classic Festival of Animation
  8. ^ Shetterly, Coda. "Bambi Meets Godzilla: The Making of The Re-Creation". KindredCoda's Miscellaneous Musings. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Beck, Jerry (ed.) (1994). The 50 Greatest Cartoons: As Selected by 1,000 Animation Professionals. Atlanta: Turner Publishing. ISBN 1-878685-49-X.

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