No point in giving away the ending

Marv Newland’s 1969 cartoon Bambi Meets Godzilla is today considered a classic of twentieth-century animation. Unfortunately, most of the circulating copies are in terrible shape, which is why one fan of the film was driven to recreate it, frame by frame:

I desaturated and deskewed the video, and saved the finished project to a new file to have something to work from. From there, I output the video as a series of images, then used those images to copy the look and feel of the credits via Photoshop, using the same typefaces (mostly Helvetica and Futura) as the original. I ended up with 17 image files.

I then printed out individual frames of the original elements, used tracing paper to trace them, then scanned the traced images at 1200 dpi. From there, I overlaid each of the frames into the project, using the original film as my template.

After that, it got complicated.

The differences from Marv Newland’s original are minor: the first-half background music, a segment of the overture to Rossini’s William Tell, was redubbed from a new source and retimed to match the original, and some of the computer-aligned frames don’t line up absolutely the same way Newland’s hand-drawn frames did — to the extent that we can tell from the poor-quality copies in circulation, anyway.

Here’s the new version:

A worthy effort, if I say so myself.

(From boingboing via TYWKIWDBI.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    4 March 2013 · 4:25 pm

    I remember my eighth grade English teacher showed us this (it was a film copy, and the film copy was in poor shape – I totally missed the “Marv Newland produced by” bit that first time).

    I’m also wondering now who’s going to be the first person to recreate this “for the lulz” using one of the Ponies, to see if they can troll up some Brony rage.

  2. CGHill »

    4 March 2013 · 5:18 pm

    Alexander the Swell, nine months ago. It’s a bit harsher, but its parentage is obvious.

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