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Bambi (1942)

Approved | | Animation, Drama, Family | 21 August 1942 (USA)
The story of a young deer growing up in the forest.

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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 ...
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)
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Adult Thumper (voice) (uncredited)
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Adult Faline (voice) (uncredited)
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Mr. Mole (voice) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Eddie Holden ...
Chipmunk (voice) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
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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 | father | animal | See All (71) »

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Enchanting Entertainment for Everyone! (1966 re-release) See more »


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21 August 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Walt Disney's Bambi  »

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$102,797,150 (USA)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One key scene of the novel missing of the film is Bambi's realization that man is neither all powerful, nor immortal. It comes when the Prince of the Forest shows Bambi the corpse of a man shot by a fellow human. See more »

Goofs

When Thumper is laughing at Bambi just after we meet Flower, he rolls on his back and his normally white tail is brown. When he rolls back onto his belly his tail is white again. This appears to have been corrected for the 2005 DVD release. See more »

Quotes

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

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Referenced in Suburgatory: No, You Can't Sit with Us (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Sing a Gay Little Spring Song
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by Frank Churchill
Lyrics by Larry Morey
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Not at all like its sentimental reputation
5 August 2000 | by (St. Albans,VT) – See all my reviews

I was staying over at the home of my three-year old niece; after everyone had gone to bed, I found and popped this title in the VCR. I had only a rough familiarity with the plot (like everyone, I knew Bambi's mother gets killed) and was also aware that "Bambism" has been used as describing a overly sentimental love of wildlife.

Oh wow. I found that while this movie certainly has a heart for its characters, it is not at all sugarcoated about the realities of animal life. Consider the following points it makes:

1) Animals do not live in nuclear families. Bambi lives with his mother only, his presumptive father is off in the background.

2). Animals often go hungry in the winter.

3). Male animals must be prepared to fight rivals as a prelude to mating.

4). Man (here assisted by canine lackeys) is easily the most dangerous threat creatures face.

Rather than putting a Hollywood gloss on animal life, "Bambi" if anything is better than what would be made today. Remember that the same studio recently put Hercules into a doting nuclear family, the actual circumstances of the hero's birth apparently thought too scandalous for contemporary children to be exposed to (though one presumes ancient Greek children handled them well enough).

Plus when you consider that a large sector of the populace takes a "humanity couldn't possibly be at fault" attitude toward the decimation of animal populations, you know that Point 4). above would today be softpedaled if not entirely neutralized by the addition of sympathetic human characters. Look what happened with the otherwise excellent TBS production of "Animal Farm."

And the animation!! The gorgeous, pencil-drawn Impressionistic renditions of the rhythms of the woodlands makes you wonder if modern animators haven't been spoiled by computer graphics. I'm only sorry I probably won't ever see this film in a theatre, as it was meant to be seen.

As cliche as it may sound, this is a timeless film for all ages. I cannot praise it highly enough.






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