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Donnie Dunagan, the voice of "Bambi," was also Marines drill instructor!


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The voice of Bambi is coming to town for Monsterpalooza in Burbank next weekend (at the Marriott Burbank Convention Center, April 9-11).

75-year old Donnie Dunagan gave KPCC's John Rabe a call from his home in Texas and they talked about his work on "Bambi," "Son of Frankenstein," as the Marines' youngest-ever drill sergeant, and about Walt Disney as a leadership model.

COME INSIDE for photos and a link to the convention!

The trail of an Off-Ramp segment is usually prosaic. Like this one:

I was watching a VHS of “Son of Frankenstein” a while back and, as is my habit, imdb’d it. I noticed that the kid who played young Peter Frankenstein was still alive.

And that he was the voice of young Bambi in the Disney classic, as well as the animators' face model.

Further web work revealed he was coming to town for Monsterpalooza, a convention in Burbank starting Friday, April 9.

So, if he’s still alive and coming to town for an event, maybe he’d be up for an Off-Ramp interview. He was and we had a great talk. Turns out Dunagan is not only alive, but on fire, in great shape mentally and physically ...

… the legacy of thirty years in the Marines!

So check out our interview, and read more about him at Ultimate Disney.