Bambi’s tale unfolds from season to season as the young prince of the forest learns about life, love, and friends.
- Young Bambi (voice) (uncredited): Donnie Dunagan
- Young Thumper (voice) (uncredited): Peter Behn
- Young Flower (voice) (uncredited): Stan Alexander
- Young Faline (voice) (uncredited): Cammie King
- Friend Owl (voice) (uncredited): Will Wright
- Adolescent Bambi (voice) (uncredited): Hardie Albright
- Adolescent Faline (voice) (uncredited): Ann Gillis
- Adolescent Thumper / Adolescent Flower (voice) (uncredited): Tim Davis
- Adult Thumper (voice) (uncredited): Sam Edwards
- Adult Flower (voice) (uncredited): Sterling Holloway
- Mr. Mole (voice) (uncredited): Otis Harlan
- Girl Bunny / Quail Mother / Female Pheasant (voice) (uncredited): Thelma Boardman
- Bullfrog (voice) (uncredited): Clarence Nash
- Birds (voice) (uncredited): Marion Darlington
- Producer: Walt Disney
- Orchestrator: Paul J. Smith
- Sound Director: C.O. Slyfield
- Orchestrator: Charles Wolcott
- Director: David Hand
- Original Music Composer: Frank Churchill
- Music: Leigh Harline
- Co-Director: James Algar
- Co-Director: Samuel Armstrong
- Co-Director: William Roberts
- Co-Director: Paul Satterfield
- Supervising Animator: Eric Larson
- Novel: Felix Salten
- Original Music Composer: Edward Plumb
- Conductor: Alexander Steinert
- Thanks: Sidney Franklin
- Story: Perce Pearce
- Story: Mel Shaw
- Supervising Animator: Frank Thomas
- Art Direction: Dick Kelsey
- Art Direction: Lance Nolley
- Sound Effects: James MacDonald
- Animation: Bernard Garbutt
- Supervising Animator: Milt Kahl
- Animation: Jack Bradbury
- Animation: Don Lusk
- Art Direction: Robert Cormack
- Supervising Animator: Ollie Johnston
- Animation: Preston Blair
- Art Direction: David Hilberman
- Animation: Bill Justice
- Background Designer: Ray Huffine
- Story: Vernon Stallings
- Animation: George Rowley
- Story: Ralph Wright
- Background Designer: Merle Cox
- Animation: Phil Duncan
- Co-Director: Graham Heid
- Animation: Marc Davis
- Art Direction: McLaren Stewart
- Art Direction: Claude Coats
- Background Designer: Art Riley
- Animation: Retta Scott
- Co-Director: Norman Wright
- Animation: Ken O’Brien
- Animation: Joshua Meador
- Art Direction: Bruce Bushman
- Art Direction: Kendall O’Connor
- Animation: Art Palmer
- Art Direction: Hugh Hennesy
- Story: Charles Couch
- Animation: Louie Schmitt
- Animation: Ken Hultgren
- Art Direction: John Hubley
- Animation: Arthur Elliott
- Art Direction: Lloyd Harting
- Story: Carl Fallberg
- Sound Recordist: Harold J. Steck
- Editor: Thomas Scott
- Art Direction: Al Zinnen
- Background Designer: Dick Anthony
- Background Designer: Bob McIntosh
- Art Direction: Tom Codrick
- Background Designer: Tyrus Wong
- Background Designer: Stan Spohn
- Background Designer: Travis Johnson
- Background Designer: Ed Levitt
- Background Designer: Joe Stahley
- Sound Effects: Paullean Rob
- Gimly: The scenery in _Bambi_ is honestly so beautiful. If you were to compare it to the animation I grew up with in the 90s, or even the animation of today, it doesn’t just hold up, Bambi’s nature scenes actually **outclass** them. Positively gorgeous.
But in that spirit of honesty, _Bambi_ is a really boring movie. I think the one and only time I’ve seen it before I was around 5 or so, that’d be more than two decades ago. Revisiting it again after all these years actually made me appreciate the movie **less**.
_Final rating:★★ – Had some things that appeal to me, but a poor finished product._
- insidemovies84: Looking back at this film as it was filmed in 1942 by nine freaking directors man… one supervising director David Hand and the rest sequence directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright, Arthur Davis and Clyde Geronimi.
One thing I’d never known before that I learned is that Bambi the film was based on an actual book from 1923 called Bambi, A Life In The Woods written by Austrian author/hunter Felix Salton. Always thought it was straight creation of Disney’s but it’s not, weird.
Bambi is a film not just about a young deer and his life in the forest it’s really about the survival of nature against the ever deadly animal known as man killing off animal species and there are some scenes that are really drastic for a supposedly family film but I’ll get to that.
At the beginning of the film we meet our very first cast of characters as there’s pink nosed Thumper and A bashful skunk named Flower, friend Owl and the wakening of the forest animals as a new fawn was born to an unnamed Doe whom as we learn is the Son of the Prince of The Forest.
The best thing about this animation is the attention to detail of other wild life besides the birth of Bambi, his beginning stammering and early bonding moments with Flower and Thumper. I enjoy Bambi’s moment of falling on the ice it’s cute. Shows that he was still not quite used to his young body enough to be sure of himself.
I find the part where we meet his father very regal The Prince has a very stoic prescient and it’s here Bambi gets his first glimpse of the things astute deer do which apparently is rushing at other bucks with antlers with playful bashing of horns.
We also get a playful moment with Bambi meeting young Faline a female doe the first female of Bambi’s species as we can see more awkwardness. As an adult I found her teasing a little annoying but as a child I remember the moment fondly as his first meeting a girl moment. Reminds me of The Lion King later with Nala a little bit.
Winter comes and at the first sign of the new green grass his mother is alerted of danger and tells Bambi to run for the thicket and never look back… we hear a shot run out and Bambi calling for his mother is a tear jerker… when he runs into his father and he tells him so solemn that his mother won’t be with him ever again this almost ruined the film for me it was a sad, dark moment.
There is another moment I enjoy in this film where friend Owl explains to the now grown Bambi, Thumper and Flower about the betwixings of love… just love this part it’s so eerily comical… I’d forgotten that Bambi also ends up getting shot himself but I do remember the fire that man caused and watching how many animals had to move their homes… not to mention the pidgin that got frantic and nervous flew up in the air and got shot in the whole process.
In a sense this had the same pivotal message as Lion King as there is a birth/relationship/ rebirth and continuing line of royalty among creatures in the forest. I think this film hold up and find it very beutiful. A decent family film to still watch and enjoy. Thoroughly recommend. Have it four stars as Bambi’s mothers death still bothers me did it have to be so cruel?
- CinemaSerf: “Bambi” is born into an idyllic forest life – his father is the bull stag; his mother an adoring hind and he quickly befriends all the other animals in his gloriously technicolour world. He learns to walk, to talk, even to ice-skate with the help of his bunny pal “Thumper” and he encounters the joys and perils of the seasons from sunny summers to freezing winters too. All is perfect until human beings take an hand – then, alongside his father and his friends, he must face the more brutal realities of life. The animation is gorgeous – simplistic, perhaps, by 2020 standards – but the artistic craftsmanship of the drawings and the score more than adequately compensate for that. There is a minimum of dialogue – the images tell the story, and they do it superbly.