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Way back in 1942, exactly 75 years ago this August 21st, Walt Disney Pictures released their fifth animated feature film, Bambi. Just the mention of that title probably conjures one specific memory for Disney fans who last watched this beloved classic years and years ago, a memory of a traumatic death that occurs roughly halfway through the film's 70-minute runtime. But there is so much more to the story of Bambi, both in the on-screen retelling of Felix Salten's 1923 novel and in the behind-the-scenes drama of the production that weathered labor strikes, technical … »
- Dave Trumbore
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the animated feature Bambi, Disney is adding the film to its Signature Collection (including recordings of Walt Disney discussing the film’s production, deleted scenes and characters, stories about the effects that the film had on the studio, and more) on Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand. Commemorating the release, members of the media were invited to Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif. to chat with Donnie Dunagan (the voice of “Young Bambi”) and Peter Behn (the voice of “Young Thumper”), and to tour the restored offices that Walt Disney occupied at the studio, from … »
- Christina Radish
Bambi, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, joins the Collection on Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on June 6. The Collection release includes a variety of new bonus material, including recordings of Walt Disney discussing the challenges and triumphs during the production of “Bambi;” deleted scenes and characters; stories and effects that “Bambi” had on the Studio, other films and artists; and much, much more. Additionally, the Digital HD release includes an exclusive, heartfelt feature on the incredible artist, Tyrus Wong, who inspired the film’s soft watercolor backgrounds and beautiful palette.
We Are Movie Geeks has some great bonus material to share with you today from Disney’s Bambi. The clips and artwork below showcase the animation techniques and animation research that went into creating Bambi along with a personal story from Walt on his daughter Diane’s reaction to Bambi.
Walt and Diane:
Bambi was »
- Tom Stockman
Bambi (1942) Blu-ray Review, a Walt Disney Animation Studios movie directed by Bill Roberts, David Hand, Graham Held, James Algar, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright, Samuel Armstrong and starring Donnie Dunagan as Young Bambi, Peter Behn as Young Thumper, Stan Alexander as Young Flower, Paula Winslow as Bambi’s Mother and Will Wright as Friend Owl. Release Date: June 6, 2017 Plot In Disney’s spectacularly animated [...]
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- Mathieu Brunet
“I’m thumpin’! That’s why they call me Thumper!”
Today at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by At&T, Walt Disney Studios announced the addition of “Bambi,” the endearing, timeless tale of a wide-eyed fawn, to the celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection.
“Bambi,” which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, joins the Collection on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on May 23, and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on June 6. The Collection release includes a variety of new bonus material, including recordings of Walt Disney discussing the challenges and triumphs during the production of “Bambi;” deleted scenes and characters; stories and effects that “Bambi” had on the Studio, other films and artists; and much, much more. Additionally, the Digital HD release includes an exclusive, heartfelt feature on the incredible artist, Tyrus Wong, who inspired the film’s soft watercolor backgrounds and beautiful palette.
Here’s the Bambi trailer:
- Tom Stockman
Image Source: Everett Collection Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney's most timeless classics, but there's a lot about the animated film that you might not have realized. For instance, do you know exactly what kind of animal the Beast was based on? Or his real name? The reboot is absolutely gorgeous and has a few interesting updates, but for now, let's revisit all of the interesting tidbits that make the 1991 film so great. Jackie Chan dubbed the voice of the Beast for Chinese-speaking countries. He provided vocals for both the Beast's speaking and singing parts! Chip originally had only one line. The producers liked 9-year-old actor Bradley Pierce's voice so much that they asked to expand the role. He also wasn't supposed to be a teacup. Early drawings of the character saw him as a music box who could only communicate by his chiming musical notes. Belle's »
- Quinn Keaney
You could say that the notion of turning beloved stories and characters into brands was invented by Walt Disney. He built his empire on the image of Mickey Mouse (who made his debut in 1928), but Disney really patented the brand concept in 1955, with the launch of Disneyland, where kids could see old familiar characters — Mickey! Snow White! — in a completely different context, which made them new. Twenty-three years ago, the Broadway version of “Beauty and the Beast” (followed three years later by the Broadway version of “The Lion King”) introduced a different form of re-branding: the stage-musical-based-on-an-animated-feature. Now the studio is introducing a cinematic cousin to that form with the deluxe new movie version of “Beauty and the Beast,” a $160 million live-action re-imagining of the 1991 Disney animated classic. It’s a lovingly crafted movie, and in many ways a good one, but before that it’s an enraptured piece of old-is-new nostalgia. »
- Owen Gleiberman
If one is looking to experience a dose of astonishing beauty, now in theaters in the Oscar-nominated animation The Red Turtle. A co-production with Studio Ghibli, Michaël Dudok de Wit’s first feature-length film is a humble, patient drama with an emotionally rich finale. To celebrate its theatrical release here in the U.S., we’re highlighting the director’s all-time favorite films, which he submitted to BFI‘s latest Sight & Sound poll. Featuring classics from Kubrick, Cimino, Kurosawa, and more, on the animation side, he makes sure to recognize a Miyazaki masterwork, along with a seminal Disney film.
“Just before the team arrived, Studio Ghibli called me and said, ‘We’ve been thinking about the list of words that are supposed to be spoken in the film and we think you should drop the dialogue entirely,'” the director told us, speaking about the production process of his film. »
- Jordan Raup
There’s a big year ahead in Geek Culture with lots to look forward to. Upon reflection, I feel like should have more clearly defined plans.
Cosplayers are the best at looking ahead and especially planning their convention attendance. The inherent creativity and creation of cosplay demands disciplined convention selection and scheduling. Cosplay entails developing elaborate timelines so that cosplayers have the necessary time to envision, plan, purchase materials and sew and/or assemble their cosplay costumes. And of course, so many cosplayers create multiple costumes. The finished products are impressive, and the work it takes to get there is impressive.
I’d like to attend several conventions this year and have my favorites. But in general, I find myself really looking forward to the smaller ones. That might be just because I’ve had so many great experiences at the big ones. And as a very impatient guy, I »
- Ed Catto
According to The New York Times, classic Disney and Warner Bros. artist Tyrus Wong has died. Wong was the lead artist on Disney’s Bambi and a prolific creator in many other mediums, but he spent decades in obscurity due to racial biases against Asian-Americans. Wong was 106.
Born in China’s Guangdong Province in 1910, Wong left for America with his father in 1920 and was forced to leave his mother and sister behind, neither of whom he ever saw again. Getting to America didn’t make things any easier, though, as Chinese immigrants at the time were forced to undergo what the New York Times story calls a “formidable inquisition” before they could be allowed in. Wong’s father was able to get in easily because he had previously lived in the United States, but Wong himself was stuck at San Francisco’s Angel Island Immigration Station for ...
- Sam Barsanti
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