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Bambi (1942)

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The story of a young deer growing up in the forest.

Directors:

James Algar, Samuel Armstrong (as Sam Armstrong) | 7 more credits »

Writers:

Felix Salten (from the story by), Perce Pearce (story direction) | 6 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Hardie Albright ... Adolescent Bambi (voice) (uncredited)
Stan Alexander Stan Alexander ... Young Flower (voice) (uncredited)
Bobette Audrey Bobette Audrey ... (voice) (uncredited)
Peter Behn Peter Behn ... Young Thumper (voice) (uncredited)
Thelma Boardman Thelma Boardman ... Girl Bunny / Quail Mother / Female Pheasant (voice) (uncredited)
Janet Chapman ... (voice) (uncredited)
Jeanne Christy Jeanne Christy ... (voice) (uncredited)
Dolyn Bramston Cook Dolyn Bramston Cook ... (voice) (uncredited)
Marion Darlington Marion Darlington ... Birds (voice) (uncredited)
Tim Davis Tim Davis ... Adolescent Thumper / Adolescent Flower (voice) (uncredited)
Donnie Dunagan Donnie Dunagan ... Young Bambi (voice) (uncredited)
Sam Edwards ... Adult Thumper (voice) (uncredited)
Ann Gillis ... Adult Faline (voice) (uncredited)
Otis Harlan ... Mr. Mole (voice) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Eddie Holden Eddie Holden ... Chipmunk (voice) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

It's spring, and all the animals of the forest are excited by the forest's latest birth, a buck fawn his mother has named Bambi. The animals are more excited than usual as Bambi's lineage means he will inherit the title of prince of the forest. Along with his mother, Bambi navigates through life with the help of his similarly aged friends, Thumper, a rabbit kit who needs to be continually reminded by his mother of all the lessons his father has taught him about how to live as a rabbit properly, and Flower, a skunk kit who likes his name. As different animals, they have their own issues and challenges which may not translate to the others. Being similarly aged, Bambi, Thumper and Flower may have to experience the uncharted phases of their lives without the knowledge or wisdom unless gleaned from those who have gone through them before. Bambi has to learn early that the lives of deer and of many of the other forest animals are not without their inherent dangers, for deer especially in ... Written by Huggo

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gun | deer | animal | hunter | disney | See All (235) »

Taglines:

Love Comes To The Forest Folk . . . and to you, in one of the world's greatest love stories ! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the original novel, Bambi is a roe deer but these aren't native to North America so Walt Disney changed him to a mule deer. See more »

Goofs

When we first meet Faline as a fawn, her pond reflection stands up as the camera moves back, while she stays still. 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 »

Alternate Versions

The original theatrical release had the RKO print logo at the front of the film. On the 1989 and 1997 American VHS, the "Walt Disney presents" title card is the start of the film, although the 1997 laserdisc (9505) retains RKO, as the collector's format was kept pristine. For the 2005 Region 1 DVD release, the theme has a slight musical extension to fill in a new time gap made by a shorter version of the Walt Disney logo, which is perfectly in sync with the music. After the logo ends, the Walt Disney title card appears, and the film starts normally. It is unknown if this musical extension is in the original theatrical release, though it can be heard on some older Super 8 film prints. The 2017 Signature/Anniversary Blu-ray and DVD reinstated the RKO logo, but while the original dissolved from RKO to "Walt Disney presents", this version fades to black and back, it uses the extended music to match the length, and it still retains the 2005 remaster's additional background colors for the credits rather than the original's shades of blue. See more »

Connections

Referenced in You and Your Sense of Touch (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Little April Shower
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by Frank Churchill
Lyrics by Larry Morey
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User Reviews

 
Unique Animation That Still Looks Great
4 May 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

The watercolor-type animation in here is tough to beat, even almost 65 years after it was made. It still looks good, very good. I don't know if this kind of artwork was ever duplicated so the film is worth owning for that alone.

The story is as simple: a deer's life, from birth to experiencing life in the forest and then having a fawn of his own. He has two cute friends: "Thumper" the rabbit and "Flower," the squirrel. Liberal critics all love this film because it had a strong anti-hunting message Even though they are never shown, the hunters kill the nice animals and set fire to the forest! However, to be fair, they don't dwell on this. Overall, it's a positive film with the usual happy ending.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walt Disney's Bambi See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,216,741, 17 July 1988

Gross USA:

$102,247,150

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$267,447,150
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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