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


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 (53) »


BUBBLING WITH Laughter! TINGLING WITH Excitement! SPARKLING WITH Delight! (1966 re-release) See more »


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Release Date:

14 August 1942 (Brazil)  »

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Walt Disney's Bambi  »

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$102,797,150 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Maine Development Commission sent two fawns, appropriately named Bambi and Faline, to the Disney studio, to be kept as pets while artists studied their movements and behavior. When they were fully grown, they were released in nearby Griffith Park. Other animals, such as skunks and squirrels, were kept in the Disney zoo for similar purposes. See more »


Before Bambi tries to talk, his eyes are mistakenly drawn to look as if they have split for a short second while the little songbirds fly around his head. See more »


[first lines]
Thumper: Wake up, wake up!
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To Sidney A. Franklin - our sincere appreciation for his inspiring collaboration See more »


Referenced in The Vampire Diaries: Memorial (2012) See more »


(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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The last of its kind
18 July 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Walt Disney didn't make another full-length animated film until 1950, by which time his golden age had well and truly passed. Was `Bambi' a quiet, gentle farewell, then? If you haven't seen it you could be forgiven for thinking so; and the slightly over-sugared opening scenes might confirm this view. But prepare to be jolted out of your seat. The forest contains darkness as well as light. The gunshots that ring out across the silences are truly alarming (and there are many ways Disney and Hand make them more alarming: consider the scene where a flock of birds are cowering in the grass, until one decides to fly into the air and risk death rather than put up with the suspense). Also worth noting about `Bambi' is its use of psychological colour. In at least three key scenes, the colour scheme shifts wildly, not because the sun has set or anything of that kind, but in order to illustrate Bambi's psychological state. Particularly fine is the scene where he is running away from the clearing in fear and the world turns into just a few pale and dirty shades of yellow.

The greatest thing is the way Disney manages to convince us that there is nothing else in the world, outside the forest. Not once do we see a horizon. Nor do we sense one. By some standards not much happens in the forest - a few deaths, a few births, what else is new? But when the forest is the whole world they matter a good deal.

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