October 27, 2006

Bambi Meets Godzilla

I first saw this short in a college film class many, many years ago. I believe we had just finished watching some typically pretentious film school dreck, and then this came on. As they say in stand-up, it killed (especially being preceded by the typically pretentious film school dreck). A truly timeless classic. Watching it again, I definitely detect a Maurice Sendak influence in Godzilla's foot, though story credit is also reputed to belong to the rapidly descending appendage in the opening credits of the original Monty Python television series, which debuted on the BBC the same year. This is also a good opportunity to point out that elephants have about the same reaction to mice, childhood myths notwithstanding.

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