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.