Soviets Eat Bambi

In 1985, a Soviet production of a live-action film about Bambi (Bambi's Childhood) had to be halted when three of the deer who were playing Bambi and his friends disappeared. Turned out they had been stolen, then butchered and served as the main course at a birthday celebration. The culprits were sent to a labor camp as punishment for their crime.

The news was reported in a lot of papers, but the Weekly World News (below) had the best coverage of it.

Spartanburg Herald-Journal - Feb 7, 1985

Weekly World News - Mar 12, 1985

     Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 22, 2015
     Category: Animals | Movies | 1980s

Why didn't they just steal a cow??
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 10/22/15 at 12:23 PM
Venison is much better than beef for those special occasions.

Also, on a serious note: I'd invite everyone to (re)read Bambi by Felix Salten. This is the original writing and not the Disney-fied version. It really is a very powerful story that is, probably, more intune with what is happening on the streets of America than when he wrote it.

I had Bambi read to me as a tyke, watched Disney's version growing up then read the book again when I was about 30 (a few years ago) and was very surprised. It's hard to find but Amazon say they've got it for about $3.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/23/15 at 01:06 AM
I'm sure those drunken Russians swilled vodka with their meal. Silly russkis, everyone knows a good Merlot goes with venison.
Posted by KDP on 10/23/15 at 10:21 AM
Six years of hard labour for one and four years in a labour camp for the other? Does any one know what the sentence for killing three people while drunk driving in Russia would be?
Posted by BMN on 10/24/15 at 11:16 AM
Would be DEATH Conrad!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 10/24/15 at 12:31 PM
Don't mess with the animal actors in a commie kids movie.
Posted by Gator Guy on 10/24/15 at 05:06 PM
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