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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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Cast

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)
... (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)
... Adult Faline (voice) (uncredited)
... Mr. Mole (voice) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Eddie Holden ... Chipmunk (voice) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
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The story of a young deer growing up in the forest.

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Release Date:

21 August 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Walt Disney's Bambi  »

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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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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Felix Salten, the Austrian creator of Bambi, went into self-exile to escape the Nazi domination of Austria. He settled in Switzerland in 1938 and died there in 1945. See more »

Goofs

During the forest fire, the chipmunk's friend turns from a grey squirrel to a red squirrel. He returns to grey for the end of the film. 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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Version of Detstvo Bambi (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Thumper Song
(1942) (uncredited)
Written by Helen Bliss, Robert Sour, and Henry Manners
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The last film of Disney's Golden Age
6 September 2013 | by See 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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