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Thursday, 23 September 2010
Based on Felix Salten's 1923 novel Bambi, A Life in the Woods, Bambi is Disney's fifth animated feature.
The narrative follows the life of the titular Bambi (Bobby Stewart as a baby, Donnie Dunagan as a child, Hardie Albright as an adolescent, John Sutherland as an adult), from his birth; to his early childhood, where he becomes best friends with rabbit Thumper (Peter Behn as a child, Tim Davis as an adolescent, Sam Edwards as an adult) and skunk Flower (Stan Alexander as a child, also Davis as an adolescent, Sterling Holloway as an adult), and experiences winter and spring; to his adolescence when his beloved mother (Paula Winslowe) is killed by hunters; to his life as a young, fully grown stag where he fights for the love of doe Faline (Cammie King as an adolescent, Ann Gillis as an adult), and has to help save those he loves and cares for from a forest fire that a group of hunters unintentionally cause.
Bambi features truly beautiful visuals with all of the animals drawn with such great care, detail and accuracy that they capture the look of the real animals they're based upon to a tee. The animals are also really interesting to watch as they apparently are a perfect representation of the lives that the animals they are meant to be live in their natural habitat, and we are also taught how a doe picks her mate through the fight that the two stags engage in to win her heart.
Bambi is also the most heart-breaking of all of Disney's films. The death of Bambi's mother will reduce even the hardest men to tears, as Bambi's cries for his mother will seriously hit you hard, especially if you have ever had to look on as a youngster is informed of the death of somebody that they love and then watched them grieve.
All in all thanks to its superbly written screenplay/narrative, wonderful characters such as Bambi, Faline, Flower and Thumper, and hard-hitting moments Bambi deservedly remains one of the most beautiful and timeless of Disney films, and truly earned its title of most successful film of the 1940s, thanks to over $267 million in box office reciepts - a very impressive feat considering cinema tickets on average cost 40 cents in those days.
Stars: John Sutherland, Sam Edwards, Sterling Holloway, Ann Gillis, Paula Winslowe, Hardie Albright, Donnie Dunagan, Tim Davis, Peter Behn, Cammie King, Stan Alexander, Bobby Stewart, Fred Shields, Will Wright, Margaret Lee, Mary Lansing.
Oscar nominations: Best Sound Mixing (C.O. Slyfield), Best Original Score (Frank Churchill, Edward H. Plumb), Best Original Song (Love Is a Song - Frank Churchill, Larry Morey).