Bambi

  • 1942
  • Movie
  • G
  • Animated, Children's

Said to be Walt Disney's own personal favorite of all his films, BAMBI is a brilliantly animated, heart-tugging parable about the cycles of life as reflected in the story of the growth of a young deer. A fawn named Bambi learns to walk and talk with the help of his friends, a bunny named Thumper and a skunk named Flower. Bambi's mother teaches him about...read more

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Said to be Walt Disney's own personal favorite of all his films, BAMBI is a brilliantly animated, heart-tugging parable about the cycles of life as reflected in the story of the growth of a young deer.

A fawn named Bambi learns to walk and talk with the help of his friends, a bunny named Thumper and a skunk named Flower. Bambi's mother teaches him about the joys of nature but warns him to stay away from the deadly creature named "Man." One spring day during a visit to a meadow, Bambi's mother is

killed by a hunter. Years pass, and Bambi experiences the first pangs of romantic love when he becomes interested in a female deer named Faline. After winning a fight with another male for her affection, he further proves his heroism during a raging forest fire that nearly claims the lives of his

friends and Faline.

Originally planned to follow Disney's first animated feature, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937), BAMBI wound up taking five years to make. In contrast to the clean lines and bright colors of most Disney cartoons, the drawings in BAMBI have a soft, lush, and almost hazy quality to them, in

keeping with the gentleness of the characters. The bittersweet fable is actually geared toward older kids and even adults, dealing with such traumatic subjects as the loss of childhood innocence and the death of a parent; the heartwrenching scene where Bambi's mother is killed has inspired

countless nightmares among those who saw it at a very early age. This honest, non-sugar-coated approach to the hard truths of life, however, is what gives BAMBI its lasting emotional power, and makes it stand apart, not only from Disney's cartoons, but from virtually all others as well.

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