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


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G | See all certifications »

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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

In the original novel, Bambi and Faline are first cousins. Faline is the daughter of Aunt Ena, the sister of Bambi's mother. Walt Disney probably discarded this detail because a mating of first cousins would be considered incest. See more »

Goofs

One baby raccoon disappears as it comes out of the water after the fire, instantaneously appearing elsewhere. This has been corrected on the 2005 DVD as well as the Blu-Ray. 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 »

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Soundtracks

Looking for Romance (I Bring You a 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 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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