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Fun premise, good actors, bad writing. This film seemed to have potential at the beginning but it quickly devolves into a trite action film. Ultimately it's very boring.
One of the worst ways to make a cult movie is to set out to make a cult movie.
I don't think it's as sad as everyone thinks it is. Everyone loses a parent here and there (especially in Disney films) and so it's no surprise when Bambi's mother got shot (yeah, spoiler). What's way more compelling is the way Bambi discovers his world, how his friends Thumper and Flower coming along and how they grow up. It's such a sweet story that's basically the counterdraft to Pincchio who had to learn to be a good boy while Bambi is everyone's darling from the beginning.
Why such a low rating, people? Bambi, along with Pinocchio, is a perfect depiction of the often mischievous gift called life. While the overall message of Pinocchio is directly out-spoken, Bambi masters the art of subtlety, because we never have to face one true evil and never see Man in the forest. Bambi just has to deal with the inevitable in life. A slice of life is what Bambi is. We see him as a kid growing up to become the new great prince of the forest and he faces both happiness, rivalry, love and even loss of loved ones. Bambi makes kids acquainted with all sorts of emotions and the beauty of the forest with heavily atmospheric music and visuals instead of sugar-coating it with all happy and bouncy talking animals without any educational aspect or depth to them. That is the definition of an excellent animated movie. There is enough for both kids and adults without insulting the intelligence of kids. Easily one of Disney's best.
When Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released back in 1937, Walt Disney proved not only that there was vast commercial potential in animation, but that it was also a credible art-form. Disney, the great innovator, toyed with surrealism in Pinocchio and created a sublime blend of music, dance and visual splendour in Fantasia, both released in 1940. With Bambi, Disney observed the quiet balance of the natural world and the troubling emergence of man. While it may contain an ensemble of cutesy talking animals with kids' voices and scenes that will have you saying "awww!" out loud, Bambi is pretty heavy stuff at times.We begin with the birth of a young prince, the wide-eyed, white- tailed deer Bambi (Donnie Dunagan), and while this opening may ring a bell with anyone who has seen The Lion King (1994) - which is everybody - Bambi is not near-mythical royalty with a destiny laid out for him. He is viewed with extreme curiosity by the other woodland animals, including enthusiastic young rabbit Thumper (Peter Behn), and they giggle as they watch the awkward deer try to stand up. As his protective mother teaches him of the dangers of the forest, his new friends teach him how to leap over fallen trees and ice-skate. Bambi doesn't so much have a plot with a beginning, a middle and an end. Instead, it's simply a portrayal of life, and the discovery, learning and danger we all come to face.The seasons change along with the film's tone and Bambi's increasing maturity, and the colder it gets, the closer you get to that scene. A few near-misses practically confirm that the doting mother isn't going to be around for long, but the moment still packs a punch even on repeat viewings. Brutally, the incident happens off-camera, and Bambi is informed of her death matter-of-factly by his stoic father. It's an incredibly brave and creative approach, and one that deals with the harshness of real life with incredible maturity. It also sums up Bambi perfectly - observational, unpatronising and thoughtful - but it will certainly warm your heart as well. Disney is frequently criticised for sugar-coating and over-simplifying our world, but I would point anyone in the direction of the corporation's earlier works, particularly Bambi, for elevating animation to a cinematic art-form.
Bambi is very much my favourite of the early Disney films. It's one of the first Disney movies I ever saw and even today it's an immensely enjoyable experience to sit through.As a movie it's simplistic and beautiful. The story of a young prince of the forest being born, growing, experiencing joys and sorrows, and eventually taking his place in the forest, is not all that difficult to follow, and some might even call it seemingly boring, but there's a lot of heart in every single scene, in every single moment of Bambi's life.It's also a beautiful film in every way possible, easily among Disney's finest in my opinion. The characters and especially the backgrounds are jaw-droppingly gorgeous, the various animals move with fluidity and grace, the colours are soothing and lush, and as a whole the film is simply stunning. The music is also really good, though the film doesn't contain any memorable classics, though in my opinion Little April Shower should be considered one.Bambi is one of those Disney films everyone at least knows about, if he or she hasn't already seen it innumerable times. And for a reason. It's not grand, epic and bombastic like the Renaissance films, nor did it revolutionize anything like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty did, but its good qualities cannot be understated.