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Bambi (1942)

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The story of a young deer growing up in the forest after his mother is shot by hunters.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
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Adolescent Bambi (voice) (uncredited)
Stan Alexander ...
Young Flower (voice) (uncredited)
Bobette Audrey ...
(voice) (uncredited)
Peter Behn ...
Young Thumper (voice) (uncredited)
Thelma Boardman ...
Mrs. Quail / Pheasant (voice) (uncredited)
Janet Chapman ...
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Jeanne Christy ...
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Dolyn Bramston Cook ...
(voice) (uncredited)
Marion Darlington ...
Birds (voice) (uncredited)
Tim Davis ...
Adult Thumper / Adolescent Flower (voice) (uncredited)
Donnie Dunagan ...
Young Bambi (voice) (uncredited)
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Adult Thumper (voice) (uncredited)
Ann Gillis ...
Adult Faline (voice) (uncredited)
Otis Harlan ...
Mr. Mole (voice) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Eddie Holden ...
Chipmunk (voice) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

The animated story of Bambi, a young deer hailed as the 'Prince of the Forest' at his birth. As Bambi grows, he makes friends with the other animals of the forest, learns the skills needed to survive, and even finds love. One day, however, the hunters come, and Bambi must learn to be as brave as his father if he is to lead the other deer to safety. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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forest | bambi | deer | hunter | growing up | See All (57) »

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5 HAPPY SONG HITS... to Warm Your Heart! (1966 re-release) See more »


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Release Date:

14 August 1942 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Walt Disney's Bambi  »

Box Office

Gross:

$102,797,150 (USA)
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(1956) (5.0) (L-R)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bambi (1942) premiered August 8, 1942 in London - a very daring move in the midst of war - and a few days later in New York. Despite glowing reviews, it was an initial box office disappointment. This prompted Disney to re-release Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) in the summer of 1944, a tactic that the studio regularly adopts now for all their animated features. See more »

Goofs

When the dogs are hunting Faline through the forest, a brown dog is in front. In the close-up, the dog is right behind Faline, trying to bite her, but it is now turned grey. In the next shot, the dog is turned brown again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Thumper: Wake up, wake up!
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Crazy Credits

To Sidney A. Franklin - our sincere appreciation for his inspiring collaboration See more »

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Referenced in Sex and Death 101 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Twitterpated
(1942) (uncredited)
(Based on Friend Owl's lecture on the amorous effects of spring)
Written by Helen Bliss, Robert Sour, and Henry Manners
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Disney's Truest Masterpiece--Man Is In The Forest!
18 March 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

From the opening scene where the multiplane camera glides through a quiet forest until the stirring forest fire climax, a viewer has to be aware he is watching one of the all-time great films. So much of the cycle of life is covered that it's hard to realize the film is a mere 69 minutes. In a book called 'The Making of Bambi', Ollie Johnston reveals that originally there was much more footage that Disney eventually trimmed, cutting out whole sequences before the film previewed. Obviously, he made a wide decision.

There is no extraneous scene here, it moves seamlessly through its cycle of life story with the charming animal creatures carrying the story to its logical conclusion. The background music complements all of the drama and comedy. The storm sequence is the most beautiful blend of music and drawings ever achieved by the Disney artists. The naturally drawn deer are the result of months of careful preparation and study, giving the entire film the feel of a nature study as well as giving the audience great entertainment.

The choral work is extremely effective, particularly on songs like 'Love Is A Song' (Oscar nominated), 'I Bring You A Song' and 'Little April Shower'. The impressionistic forest glows with a life of its own and is the real star of the film, thanks to the influence of Japanese artist Tyrus Wong. No wonder this was Disney's favorite film. It will stay fresh and young forever. An awesome achievement!

In conclusion, having done some choral work myself as a glee club singer, I especially appreciated the great contribution made by the mixed chorus (male/female) that does such a wonderful job on all of the choruses that blend so seamlessly with the rich background score. Truly exceptional choral vocals conducted by Charles Henderson.


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