The child star who voiced Bambi in Disney's 1942 classic movie was told his real mum was in peril, so he'd sound authentically panicked for the film's pivotal death scene.
Former child star Donnie Dunagan was in the studio recording his voice for the scene in which Bambi's mother is shot by hunters and his mother had to excuse herself to run an errand - and animators pounced on the opportunity to really worry the six year old.
Dunagan recalls, "They said, 'Your mother is in trouble, call for your mother,' and I said, 'Wait a minute, I just saw my mom and she looks fine.'
"A very astute man behind me said, 'Your mother is in trouble here in the studio; we're gonna put you on the speaker, call for your mother...' I believed she was in trouble.
"He probably shouldn't have done that but it works fine and he hugged me later."
Appearing on TV show The View on Friday (04Mar11), Dunagan revealed he quit acting at the age of 12 and became a legal orphan after falling out with his family.
He later served in the Marines and became a commanding officer.
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