Bambi Meets Godzilla

1969, Marv Newland

Posted by John Martz, July 20, 2020

I start every morning with the New York Times crossword, so it was a real treat to see the clue ["___ Meets Godzilla" (classic film short)] in last Thursday's puzzle. Needless to say I got that one pretty easily.

It's difficult to imagine short one-joke gags like this one having much life in the Age of the Meme, but before the days of streaming, and even before the days of home video, Bambi Meets Godzilla had a cult following. This one-joke gag on the Internet of 2020? Okay, maybe not that funny. But this one-joke gag on the big screen, with all the associated costs and hurdles of creating and distributing actual film, in a world before the Internet existed? Pretty good.