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Bambi (1942)

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The story of a young deer growing up in the forest.

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James Algar, Samuel Armstrong (as Sam Armstrong) | 5 more credits »

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Felix Salten (from the story by), Perce Pearce (story direction) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

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

It's spring, and all the animals of the forest are excited by the forest's latest birth, a buck fawn his mother has named Bambi. The animals are more excited than usual as Bambi's lineage means he will inherent the title of prince of the forest. Along with his mother, Bambi navigates through life with the help of his similarly aged friends, Thumper, a rabbit kit who needs to be continually reminded by his mother of all the lessons his father has taught him about how to live as a rabbit properly, and Flower, a skunk kit who likes his name. As different animals, they have their own issues and challenges which may not translate to the others. Being similarly aged, Bambi, Thumper and Flower may have to experience the uncharted phases of their lives without the knowledge or wisdom unless gleaned from those who have gone through them before. Bambi has to learn early that the lives of deer and of many of the other forest animals are not without their inherent dangers, for deer especially in ... Written by Huggo

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gun | bambi | deer | animal | hunter | See All (224) »

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walt Disney's Bambi See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,096,384, 27 June 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$102,797,150

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,200,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scene depicting Bambi and Thumper on the icy pond was based on live-action references. The movements studied were those of actress Jane Randolph (1915-2009) and figure skater Donna Atwood (1925-2010). See more »

Goofs

When Bambi runs to warn Faline of the hunters, a flock of crows flies from the camp in the background. As the scene cross-dissolves to the next scene, the leading crows disappear. See more »

Quotes

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

The RKO logo is in dark teal on a lighter teal background, and there are branches with leaves (in the same dark teal color) surrounding the logo. See more »

Alternate Versions

Just like Cinderella and Peter Pan, The 2005 DVD contains end credits of the restoration team and previously uncredited voices. 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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The last film of Disney's Golden Age
6 September 2013 | by MissSimonettaSee all my reviews

Bambi (1942) is often sneered at by contemporary film goers my age. In their minds, outside of the death of Bambi's mother, the film is a cutesy little joy ride about a happy little deer and his happy little forest friends frolicking about grassy meadows. They also find it much too slow and lacking in plot for their interests, instead switching on the film's spiritual successor The Lion King (1994), which most of my generation holds up as the greatest animated film of all time.

No offense to The Lion King, but it doesn't even come close to touching the greatness of Bambi. Outside of a few whimsical moments, this is a dark film about the cycle of death and life. It's more of a meditative piece than a traditional narrative, which will not appeal to those who absolutely require a detailed plot. The animation and backgrounds are breathtaking. Like the other early Disney features, there's strong traces of German expressionism in there (ex. the fight between Bambi and a rival deer is mostly shown in silhouette and violent colors, Bambi and Faline's dreamlike run through the meadow, etc.).

The atmosphere is not as cutesy as people recall. There is an undercurrent of dread to the whole thing, a sense of danger. As beautiful and enchanting as the forest can be, it is also dangerous. The way man is handled in the film is surprisingly mature: instead of putting the main characters against a laughable caricature, mankind's presence is unseen and feels more like a natural disaster than a living entity. In fact, Bambi might be one of the most adult films in the Disney animated canon. Ignore its saccharine reputation and give it another look.


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