Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969)

Fifty-two years ago, the short animated film Bambi Meets Godzilla was made. I was unable to find the exact date of it’s first showing, so I decided to celebrate it today. Watch this film, it’s below.

The Academy Film Archive preserved Bambi Meets Godzilla in 2009.

Title: Bambi Meets Godzilla
Directed by: Marv Newland
Produced by: Marv Newland
Written by: Marv Newland
Cinematography: Marv Newland
Release date: 1969
Running time: 1:30

The opening credits, consisting entirely of roles filled by Newland himself, 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 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 the image of Godzilla’s foot atop Bambi. The closing credits give grateful acknowledgement to the city of Tokyo “for their help in obtaining Godzilla for this film”. Godzilla’s toe claws wiggle once and the cartoon ends.

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