Culture Clash: “Bambi Meets Godzilla” (1969)

bambimeetsgodzilla“BAMBI MEETS GODZILLA”    (1969)

     The title says it all. This unlikely meeting of two anthropomorphized cinema icons is one of the great jests of the late 1960’s American Cinema, a period not known for its ebullient humor, but instead a period of grimly cynical anti-establishment disenchantment, paranoiac cultural dislocation, gritty decay of traditional moral structures. and the rise of hollow yet profoundly self-important faux artistry. Within that humorless landscape where bitter sarcasm began its apparently permanent substitution for genuine movie wit, Marv Newland’s flaky no-budget, ninety second film is a bracing tonic of culturally juxtpositional absurdity which bridges the innocence of Disneyesque sentimentality with the kaiju-based nihilism of Toho’s answer to the atomic nightmare.

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2 Responses to Culture Clash: “Bambi Meets Godzilla” (1969)

  1. This used to be heavily promoted as an addition to many a midnight movie screening back in the day, and was usually far more entertaining than the feature. I remembered it as being a one joke film (albeit a good one) but the credits are also very funny, predating “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” in debunking the process, and I love the tip of the hat to Tokyo: it’s so mock sincere yet sarcastic, the perfect postcard representation for that era of American cinema.

  2. Teepee12 says:

    I thought I was the only person on earth who had ever seen this. It’s the shortest funniest film I’ve ever seen.

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