Thursday, March 17, 2011

Disney Execs Torture Children

They say that from great suffering comes great art, but this is taking things one step too far.

The child actor who provided the voice of Bambi in the animated Disney classic says he was tricked into thinking his real mother was in danger when he recorded the film’s heartbreaking central scene. Donnie Dunagan, now 76, was 6 years old when a Disney executive told him as he sat in front of a microphone: “Your mother is in trouble; we’re going to put you on the speaker, call for your mother.” Bambi’s plaintive cries as he searches for his dead mother have since haunted generations of filmgoers. Dunagan says he has forgiven the unnamed Disney executive, although “he probably shouldn’t have done that.”

[The Week]

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