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 dates
1973
Running time
1:30

Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969) is a cartoon created entirely by Marv Newland. Less than two minutes long, the film is a classic of animation—#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" sped up). After a moment, the closing credits scroll over the image of Godzilla's foot on top of a squished Bambi. At the very end, Godzilla's claws twitch once.

The bulk of the movie's running time is consumed in the opening credits, all of which name Marv Newland, including crediting Newland's parents for creating Marv. The closing credits give grateful acknowledgement to the city of Tokyo "for their help in obtaining Godzilla for this film".

Preservation[edit]

The Academy Film Archive preserved Bambi Meets Godzilla in 2009.[1]

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.[2][3] The program ran in repertory theaters across America and in Cambridge, Mass it ran for several years.[4]

The film was restored and released in 1080p on YouTube by an animator named Coda Shetterly.[5][6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive. 
  2. ^ "Added Short Subjects". The Milwaukee Journal. Jan 27, 1975. Retrieved 26 May 2016 – via Google News Archive. 
  3. ^ Merlino, Doug (2005-03-22). "the Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History". HistoryLink.org. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  4. ^ "Alan Bates Film Archive: "King of Hearts"". Alanbates.com. 1995-06-15. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  5. ^ Jardin, Xena. "Fan Restoration of "Bambi Meets Godzilla"". BoingBoing. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  6. ^ 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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