Fan Restoration of “Bambi Meets Godzilla”

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  1. Just_Ok says:

    What about Bambi’s revenge?

  2. moop2000 says:

    Reading the how-to description, it sounds more like a recreation than a restoration to be honest. Still loved it though :)

    • aperturehead says:

      The original looked beat up and seemed as if it had been run through a million projectors (which it probably had) – this is another case of GILDING THE LILY – it completely and totally lacks the charm and humor of the original. It’s too sterile now. I give it 1 out of 10 STARS

      • dr says:

        I think “completely and totally lacks the charm and humor of the original” is a pretty big and unfair exaggeration, but I do agree that the not-cleaned version is better. I first saw this in a film festival in the mid 70s, and the shaky, dirty version that has been around is much closer to my memory of the short than this one.
        That said, Shetterley’s recreation is an admirable job, and is among the better of the myriad sequels and remakes that have appeared over the years.

        Another fantastic short from the same era that might be unfamiliar to younger BBers is De Duva, Madeline Kahn’s film debut.

        • I think what people forget to take note was in the technical limitations that apparent in the film itself, as it was a last-minute effort that Marv Newland made to get a passing grade in a college film program. The slight wonky nature of the film was due to the position of the character as it was clear it was not leveled just right with the drawings used (the titles appear to move away on top of the frame and are more closer at the bottom). I suppose he filmed the animation at an angle on a tripod. And of course in those pre-digital days the only way to ever get something like this out there was to make duplicate prints of the film, resulting in very degraded copies over and over. I think the best copy I have was one I got for Mr. Newland himself a few years ago from his personal negatives. It’s at least close to the truth spirit of the film than what can be found in these recreations and other attempts all over the net.

  3. franko says:

    so, this just occurred to me: is the monty python usage of the Big Foot an homage to *this*, or vice-versa?

  4. Boundegar says:

    Video already removed.  And I wanted to show it to my kid.

    EDIT: And now it’s not removed. How weird.

  5. Paul Renault says:

    That piano’s got quite a sustain.

  6. Randy Murray says:

    I remember first seeing this in a “film festival” in the early 80′s (could have been the late 70′s) that mainly consisted of the then hard to find original Star Trek blooper roles. 

    Life before Youtube was hard, young’ns. 

    • For years, both this and the Star Trek bloopers had been made available in the home movie market on either 16mm or super 8mm.  I suppose not too many people were too ambitious to go beyond home movies to get stuff like this for their personal collections, but it was very possible to find these in the pre-video days.

  7. I remember it was also included on the DVD version of that 1998 Godzilla movie with Matthew Broderick.   The short was the best part of the DVD.  

    • Preston Sturges says:

      The Robot Chicken version of the remake of the remake of Godzilla

      http://youtu.be/ba0chf_WCfU

      • There’s been a few parodies/homages over the years.  The cartoon series Stunt Dawgs had it proudly displayed in it’s opening sequence.  A scene in “Doug’s 1st Movie” also spoofed it lovingly in a bit where Roger thought of what kind of monster did Skeeter had.

    • SuperMatt says:

      I’m pretty sure it was played before the movie started in the theater version of that.  Because I remember seeing this at a movie theater, and I’m pretty sure it was before a Godzilla movie.

      Actually, I think it was the 1985 Godzilla remake that I saw this before…

  8. Very cool. I first saw this as part of the 1977 film. “Fantastic Animation Festival”. Thanks, Xeni.

  9. Eric B says:

    When I saw “Godzilla 1985″ in a theater, this was on the front of it.  Very awesome. Especially to a 9 year old.

  10. Bob Dinitto says:

    It’s been along time since I’ve seen this but the plot hasn’t changed.

  11. MainStreetLuv says:

    My father used to screen a 16mm copy for my brother & I when we were growing up. Great short. Also on the pride of my VHS collection “Hardware Wars & Other Film Farces” with the aforementioned film, Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind, and Porklips Now.

  12. jayson says:

    It would be even nicer if they could have resisted slapping a watermark all over the film. 

    Ironic, that someone would go to all the trouble of restoring a film, only to scrawl their digital graffiti over it afterwards. 

    • clintboxe says:

      I thought this was rather strange.

    • Unfortunately, I’ve had my video editing projects on YouTube outright stolen from me in the past. People would simply cut out the part of the video that has the name of the organization i worked for, and post it as their own. I didn’t really want to add a watermark, but I wanted even less to see people making money from something I worked on in a dozen different places, with no attribution.

      Also, any other releases of this project in the future will NOT include a watermark.

  13. flickerKuu says:

    Nice, I remember seeing the original print. Somewhere I have the T-shirt, signed by the man. Wonderful memories.

  14. Spike and Mike’s dude. Animation! Take a flyer. Crazy Cartoons! Flyer?

  15. ImmutableMichael says:

    Thank you for reminding me of this, and even better, of the Kenny Everett show where i saw it for the first time (1980?).

  16. Luther Blissett says:

    helvetica. nice. good thing, probably, that comic sans was not available for the original.
    BTW, WTF, when i follow the coda link, i get a NSFW warning.

  17. JonS says:

    So, I just showed this to my 10yo.

    Me: Hey, Sascha! Come and watch this.
    [movie starts]
    Sascha. Awww, Bambi!
    [title screen]
    S: Uh, oh. Godzilla … that’s not good.
    [1 minute mark]
    S: Oh dear.
    [movie ends]
    S: Sad movie (but still smiles)
    S: What about Bambi’s Revenge?

  18. oh man remember this from Spike & Mike’s every single year :)  Good memories.

  19. This is an interesting project, but I really hope there was discussion with Marv before doing it.  I would encourage those that enjoy good animation (and a slightly warped sense of humour) to purchase a DVD from Marv: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/dvd/the-best-of-international-rocketship-76720.html 

    Mr. Newland doesn’t spend much of any time online, but there is a great tumblr of his recent postcard work available here: http://marvcards.com/

    • Nathaniel,

      I was unaware of that DVD, which sounds wonderful if it’s true that the animation on the disc was “remastered from original 35mm camera negatives”.

      I’m not looking for financial gain, and haven’t made a single dime on this project. I only made this version for fun, and because I also thought that there was no better-quality original version available. If there’s a higher quality version of the original available, then it certainly negates what I’ve made.

      I had gone to MarvCards.com to try and find contact info, but there was none. I also did not know that he still creates animation, or anything of his production company, International Rocketship. Guess who I’m calling tomorrow morning?

      UPDATE: I called International Rocketship today and the phone number’s been disconnected. Unless anyone has any other contact info for Marv, I guess I’m writing him a letter.

      • Best I got from Marv indirectly was a 16mm copy of the film from his “printing negatives” with a signed certificate of authenticity.  It looks about what I want Bambi Meets Godzilla to be, an imperfect film, as I realized very well how it was executed and enjoyed it more for that.

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