July 17, 2012

C.S. Lewis and Bambi

It's no secret that Lewis was a pretty harsh critic of Walt Disney: "if only Disney did not combine so much vulgarity with his genius!", it must have been a sort of love/hate relationship. I recently came across the following little story and thought it rather nice:

On August 13, 1948, the Lewis brothers went to the cinema to see Bambi, to satisfy their appetite for speaking animals. "The Disney film had been released in the United States in 1942, but it was only now premiering in England. Warren liked to the coloring of the seasons and Thumper’s fooling and Bambi’s feeling “kinda wobbly” on the ice; the forest fire was full of authentic animal terror. Especially pleasing to the brothers was “the prince of the deer, who without caricature, was given more than brutish dignity and majesty.”

For some reason it's so interesting to imagine my favorite author sitting in a movie theater and watching some of the same movies that I grew up with. I wonder if he ever saw One Hundred and One Dalmatians?

1 comment:

  1. I think this is a lovely story :)
    And I'm sure C.S Lewis would've loved 101 Dalmatians!!