Reflecting an age of innocence and a time of wonder, no film better captures the pure magic of Disney than Bambi- the world's most endearing animated tale about the beauty of nature and the miracle of life. Nominated for three Academy Awards, this immortal blend of classic storytelling and unforgettable characters is most fondly remembered as Walt Disney's all-time favorite picture.
As morning light breaks across the meadow, a new prince of the forest is born. Soon Bambi emerges from the thicket on wobbly legs, much to the delight of his new friends, Thumper, the playful rabbit, and Flower, the bashful yet lovable skunk. But the fun of skating on "stiff water," nibbling fresh blossoms, and frolicking through the woods is only the beginning. Exploring his new world, and guided by the wisdom of Friend Owl, Bambi learns valuable lessons with every adventure- experiencing love, loss, growth and renewal along the way.
Release: August 13, 1942
Genre: Animated- Family
MPAA Rating: G
Based On: Bambi by Felix Salten
Writer: Perce Pearce, Larry Morey, George Stallings, Melvin Shaw, Carl Fallberg, Chuck Couch, & Ralph Wright
Director: David Hand
Music By: Edward H. Plumb
Produced By: Walt Disney
Distributed By: RKO Radio Pictures & Walt Disney Productions
Run Time: 70 minutes
In my opinion Bambi is one of the prettiest movies that Walt Disney himself worked on. It’s such a gorgeous, life-like film with adorable animals that have plenty of personality. It’s no wonder Bambi was nominated for 3 Academy Awards (all to do with music) and won a special Golden Globe award (for furthering the influence of the screen).
I have always loved Bambi because it has the most beautiful songs (especially Little April Shower) and because it makes it seem as if nature itself is the one singing. That's actually the most wonderful thing about the classic Disney movies: the music and the songs. Although this is one of the rare few that doesn't employ the actual characters in singing, the music flows throughout the entire movie. There are actually only two points in the movie that are completely silent and they are the two that impact the audience the most. Bambi is not only a love story between Bambi and Faline but a story of friendship, growth, bravery, and survival.
~ I recommend buying the 2-disc DVD if only because of the wonderful story meeting that serves as a commentary on the first disc. Besides that my other favorite thing was the Making of Bambi: A Prince is Born. There are tons of other things on the second disc that I loved as well but I could have done without the “Games & Activities” section.
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Covering the Mouse (cover songs)
Bambi McDonald's Toy Commercial:
Bambi by Felix Salten
Sterling Holloway- Adult Flower
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)- Winnie the Pooh
The Jungle Book (1967)- 'Kaa' the Snake
Alice in Wonderland (1951)- Cheshire Cat
Mickey and the Beanstalk aka Fun and Fancy Free (1947)- Narrator
Make Mine Music (1946)- Narrator (segment "Peter and the Wolf")
The Three Caballeros (1944)- Narrator for 'The Cold-Blooded Penguin'/Professor Holloway
Dumbo (1941)- Mr. Stork
Alice in Wonderland (1933)- Frog