Bambi II

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The events in the direct-to-video Bambi II transpire during the middle portion of the original film, after Bambi's mother dies but before he grows into an adult. The film concerns Bambi being raised by his father, The Great Prince. Bambi learns his place in the forest thanks to his father and with the help of his friends like Thumper.
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The events in the direct-to-video Bambi II transpire during the middle portion of the original film, after Bambi's mother dies but before he grows into an adult. The film concerns Bambi being raised by his father, The Great Prince. Bambi learns his place in the forest thanks to his father and with the help of his friends like Thumper.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
It seems someone should coin a new term to describe Disney’s lavishly produced direct-to-video release Bambi II. Neither a sequel nor a prequel, Bambi II parachutes into the middle of the 1942 classic’s story, filling in a big Bambi blank. The film begins with Bambi’s plaintive cry for his mother, followed by the heartbreaking words of his father, the Great Prince: “Your mother can’t be with you anymore.” This sets the stage for the young prince’s coming-of-age, echoing The Lion King in Bambi's struggle to be brave and to impress his father (regally voiced by Patrick Stewart), who is emotionally ill equipped to raise his son. Bambi’s forest friends, including Thumper the rabbit, Flower the Skunk, and future love interest Faline, have his back. Another fawn, Ronno, whose antlers have started to come in, taunts Bambi and serves as Goofus to Bambi’s Gallant. While one misses the original film’s sense of wonder and intimately observed animal behavior, Bambi II is impressively animated. The forest landscapes and changing seasons are evocatively rendered. In one mildly scary sequence, Bambi hides in the meadow’s tall grasses while pursued by Man’s dogs, who circle him like sharks. There are haunting echoes of the original film’s theme, “Love Is a Song,” and a fleeting reprise of “Let’s Sing a Gay Little Spring Song.” The new songs are less impressive but are beautifully performed by Allison Krauss (“There Is Life”) and Martina McBride (“Through Your Eyes”). Younger children, who are Bambi II’s primary audience, will enjoy the comic anthropomorphic animal antics, and will relate to Bambi’s unsteady first steps as he tries to find his place in the world.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2011
  • UPC: 786936811827
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 41,699

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Stewart Voice Only
Alexander Gould Voice Only
Brendon Baerg Voice Only
Carolyn Hennesy Voice Only
Nicky Jones Voice Only
Anthony Ghannam Voice Only
Andrea Bowen Voice Only
Keith Ferguson Voice Only
Cree Summer Voice Only
Brian Pimental Voice Only
Ariel Winter Voice Only
McKenna Cowgill Voice Only
Technical Credits
Brian Pimental Director, Original Story
Jim Ballantine Producer
Bruce Broughton Score Composer
Debra Cramb Producer
Alicia Kirk Screenwriter
Donald J. Malouf Sound/Sound Designer
Jeremy Milton Editor
Dave Okey Associate Producer
Carol Kieffer Police Art Director
Jeanne Rosenberg Original Story
Mark Solomon Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bambi II
1. Introduction [:17]
2. The Way Of A Prince [5:10]
3. Thumper [1:51]
4. The Groundhog [2:00]
5. Who Are You? [3:40]
6. Voices [1:05]
7. What's Wrong? [2:46]
8. Mr. Porcupine [3:36]
9. Leave Her Alone [:49]
10. Feel The Forest [4:48]
11. Footsteps [1:55]
12. Leaving Home [2:31]
13. Run, Bambi [4:11]
14. Being Brave [:27]
15. The Great Story [3:30]
16. End Credits [3:50]
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Disc #1 -- Bambi II
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      "Sing The Day" Deleted Song
      The Legacy Continues
      Bambi's Trivia Tracks: On/Off
      Disney Sketch Pad
      Thumper's Hurry & Scurry Game
         1 Player
         2 Players
      Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray Is Suite
      Learn How To Take Your Favorite Movies On The Go: Disney File Digital Copy
   Set Up
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Français 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Español 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Subtitles: None
         English For The Hearing Impaired
      Register Your DVD
   Sneak Peeks
   Disney's Fast Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So Cute

    Ok, people, this is not a sequal to Bambi, but rather a "in the middle" movie. It picks up right after Bambi's mother dies, and is the story of how Bambi deals with that loss and his father learns how to take care of Bambi. It is a very cute movie. All through, I would find myself going "AW!" It really is a good movie. Kids will like it a lot! Trust me! :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For Once: A Good Sequel

    A very good children's movie. It is about Bambi's childhood with some sad and scary parts but my toddler loved the movie. It picks up from when his mother dies and is a good story about a single father and his child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Breathtaking! Better than the origional!

    When my mother bought this DVD for my little sisters, I was a little skeptical. "C'mon Mom! You BOUGHT this? What if it's not any good?" Many times when Disney makes a "2" of an old classic, it's, to put it bluntly, pathetic (Cinderella II and Jungle Book II for example.) Of course kids don't care, but I'm disappointed. No need to fear on this one! As soon as it started, I was captivated along with my little sisters! The scenery, the music, the voices, the story, everything about it was superb! Charming, touching, funny, and beautiful, this movie is EXCELLENT. It does the original justice, and I think I even like it better! Bravo!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Bambi II" - "entertaining" but disappointing

    Ever since I was a child, the original Disney production of “Bambi” has always held a place in my heart as the greatest movie of all time. That said, it would be an understatement to say that I was “thrilled” when I learned of the production of “Bambi II”. At that time, however, the promotion title of the feature was “Bambi: and the Great Prince of the Forest”. While I sympathize with the fact that that title would have been a challenge to fit onto a DVD cover, I believe that it was a careless decision on Disney’s part to re-title the feature “Bambi II”. When you think of a “II” you think “sequel”, but “Bambi II” is clearly anything but. If you reference back to Disney’s “The Lion King”, you’ll notice how Disney proceeded it with two features, titled: “The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride” (the sequel to the original, detailing the adventures of Simba’s daughter, Kiara) and “The Lion King 1 ½” (an almost “behind the scenes” look at the original story through the eyes of Timon). In this context, it would be best to say that “Bambi II” should really be called “Bambi 1 ½”! Felix Salten, the author of the novel “Bambi”, also wrote a sequel to his classic, titled: “Bambi’s Children”. This second novel picks up where the original (novel and movie) left off, portraying what goes on after the birth of Bambi and Faline’s two fawns. Seeing as Salten’s sequel was written and published around the same time the original “Bambi” feature film was in production, it seems a careless and disappointing oversight by Disney to have produced “Bambi II” the way they did. I’ll admit, “Bambi II” is beautifully rendered, and the animators did a praise-worthy job of keeping the character designs as true to the original as possible. However, while the film is remarkable in its technological “artistry”, its context and plot are rather vague. Still, it was interesting to watch this movie and be able to pick out the scenes of foreshadowing (such as the scene where Ronno, Bambi’s rival, is bullying Faline away from Bambi in exactly the same way he does as an adult in the original) Another example of a foreshadowing scene is the spar Bambi and Ronno have while Bambi is following his new care-taker, Mena, to his new home. The Disney animators paid special attention to detail, as every frame of this scene was created exactly as it looks when this same fight occurs between the two in the original. All in all, “Bambi II” was a comical addition to the original splendor of the first feature film. I would’ve enjoyed learning more about how The Great Prince came to chose Bambi’s mother as his mate, or seen more of Bambi’s development from fawn to stag. However, I still hold a glimmer of hope that someday the Disney will realize their folly with this movie and create a NEW Bambi feature that follows the traditional guidelines of a sequel - taking time to consult Felix Salten’s novel, “Bambi’s Children”, as their reference. Until then, I will continue to cherish the original “Bambi” film on the pedestal which I have placed it while seeking therapy for the insatiable urge I have to purge the world of “Bambi II”! (Thankfully, it's only available for 67 more days!)

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