Bambi

Bambi

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Director: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid

Cast: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid

     
 

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The classic Felix Salter story Bambi provides the basis for this near-perfect Disney animated feature. We follow the male deer Bambi from birth, through his early childhood experiences with woodland pals Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk, the traumatic sudden death of Bambi's mother at the hands of hunters, his courtship of the lovely doe Faline, and hisSee more details below

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The classic Felix Salter story Bambi provides the basis for this near-perfect Disney animated feature. We follow the male deer Bambi from birth, through his early childhood experiences with woodland pals Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk, the traumatic sudden death of Bambi's mother at the hands of hunters, his courtship of the lovely doe Faline, and his rescue of his friends during a raging forest fire; we last see the mature, antlered Bambi assuming his proper place as the Prince of the Forest. In the grand Disney tradition, Bambi is brimming with unforgettable sequences, notably the young deer's attempts to negotiate an iced-over pond, and most especially the death of Bambi's mother--and if this moment doesn't move you to tears, you're made of stone (many subsequent Disney films, including Lion King, have tried, most in vain, to match the horror and pathos of this one scene). The score in Bambi yielded no hits along the lines of "Whistle While You Work," but the songs are adroitly integrated into the action. Bambi was the last of the "classic" early Disney features before the studio went into a decade-long doldrums of disjointed animated pastiches like Make Mine Music.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
More than 60 years before The Lion King, Walt Disney and his original dream team of animators illustrated the circle of life with this classic coming-of-age fable based on the book by Felix Salten. Bambi traces the seasons in the life of a young deer prince, from his birth and adolescence through the birth of his own two fawns. This masterpiece ranks near the top of the Disney pantheon. Bambi boasts some of Disney's most memorable characters (Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk), its loveliest songs ("Love Is a Song" and "Little April Showers"), and its most haunting and harrowing score -- listen to how the ominous Man's theme anticipates the incoming shark music from Jaws. It’s hard to imagine an animated scene that more effectively depicts joy and wonder than Bambi's first skittish skate on the frozen pond. There is heartbreak here, too, in Walt Disney’s first-ever death scene: "We'll tear [the audience’s] hearts out," the animator famously predicted. This two-disc set will leave Disney and animation buffs "twitterpated" with its wealth of archival rarities and unprecedented features. Chief among these is, in lieu of a commentary, audio reenactments of the actual story meetings that chart the film's production. Bambi is truly one for the ages, and this Special Edition will en-deer it to yet a new generation.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and its immediate descendants demonstrated that Walt Disney and his crew were masterful at handling elements of fantasy, melodrama, and comedy. Bambi, with the utterance of the single word "mother," proved that they could also create moments of heartrending emotion that left as indelible an impression as in any live-action film. Arguably the most beautiful of the early Disney films, Bambi features a palette of lush, gorgeous colors, and a number of unforgettable animated sequences, ranging from lighthearted (Bambi's attempts to walk upon a frozen lake) or strangely peaceful (the rainstorm) to suspenseful and thrilling (the incredible forest fire sequence). The character animation is also exemplary, from Thumper's chubby-cheeked cuteness and irrepressible brashness to Flower's adorable shyness. All of the characters are blessed with exceptionally fluid and realistic movement, and the animators also make good use of the multiplane camera throughout. Bambi's script is lean, with no excess fat upon it, and a simplicity that heightens the dramatic effect of the big moments. The score is a perfect match with the story, so much so that the songs tend not to draw attention to themselves, but "Little April Showers" is exceptionally charming. An enduring classic (and one which disturbs some young children), Bambi is one of the finest animated films ever made.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/1997
UPC:
0786936023817
Original Release:
1942
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hardie Albright Voice Only
Tim Davis Voice Only
Donnie Dunagan Voice Only
Sam Edwards Voice Only
Ann Gillis Voice Only
Sterling Holloway Voice Only
Perce Pearce Voice Only
John Sutherland Voice Only
Stan Alexander Flower,
Peter Behn Thumper,
Cammie King Faline
Bobby Stewart Bambi,

Technical Credits
James Algar Director
Samuel Armstrong Director
David Hand Director,Producer
Graham Heid Director
Perce Pearce Director,Screenwriter
Bill Roberts Director
Paul Satterfield Director
Norman Wright Director
Frank Churchill Score Composer
Chuck Couch Screenwriter
Marc Davis Animator
Walt Disney Producer
Bill Justice Animator
Milt Kahl Animator
Eric Larson Animator
Larry Morey Screenwriter
Edward Plumb Score Composer
Melvin Shaw Screenwriter
George Stallings Original Story
Ralph Wright Screenwriter

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