Bambi (1942)Disney movie is the fifth film in the Animated Classics series and is based on the book "Bambi, A Life in the Woods" by Felix Salten about Bambi, a white-tailed deer, his parents (the Great Prince of the forest and his mother), his friends Thumper (a pink-nosed rabbit), and Flower (a skunk), and his childhood friend and future mate, Faline. Bambi movie received three Academy Award nominations for Best Sound, Best Song for "Love Is a Song" and Original Music Score.
A doe gives birth to a fawn in the thicket whom she names Bambi. After he learns to walk, Bambi best friends Thumper, a young rabbit, and while learning to talk he meets Flower, a young skunk. One day his mother takes him to the meadow, a place that is both wonderful and frightening. There he meets Faline, a doe-fawn, and his father, the Great Prince of the Forest.
It is also during this visit that Bambi has his first encounter with man, who causes all the animals to flee the meadow. During a harsh winter, Bambi and his mother go to the meadow and discover a patch of new grass, heralding the arrival of spring. As they eat, his mother senses a hunter and orders Bambi to flee. As they run, gun shots ring out.
When Bambi arrives at their thicket, he discovers his mother is no longer with him. He wanders the forest calling for her, but she doesn't answer. His father appears in front of him and tells Bambi "your mother can't be with you anymore," then leads him away. In the spring, an adult Bambi is reunited with Thumper and Flower as the animals around them begin pairing up with mates. Though they resolve not to be "twitterpated" like the other animals in love, Thumper and Flower each leave with newly found mates.
Bambi is disgusted, until he runs into Faline and they become a couple. As they happily dance and flirt through the woods, another buck, Ronno, appears who tries to force Faline to go with him. Though he initially struggles, Bambi's rage gives him the strength to defeat Ronno and push him off a cliff and into a river below. That night, Bambi is awoken by the smell of smoke. His father explains that Man is in the forest and they must flee. Bambi goes back to search for Faline, but she is being chased by hunting dogs. Bambi finds her in time and fights off the dogs, allowing Faline to escape. With Faline safe, Bambi runs but is shot as he leaps over a ravine.
The Great Prince finds him there and urges him back to his feet. Together, they escape the forest fire and go to a small island in a lake where the other animals, including Faline, have taken refuge.
At the end of the film, Faline gives birth to twin fawns, Bambi stands watch on the large hill, and the Great Prince silently turns and walks away.
Cast as voiceBobby Stewart as Baby Bambi, Donnie Dunagan as Young Bambi, Hardie Albright as Adolescent Bambi, John Sutherland as Adult Bambi, Paula Winslowe as Bambi's mother and the Pheasant, Peter Behn as Young Thumper, Tim Davis as Adolescent Thumper and Adolescent Flower, Sam Edwards as Adult Thumper, Stan Alexander as Young Flower, Sterling Holloway as Adult Flower, Will Wright as Friend Owl, Cammie King as Young Faline, Ann Gillis as Adult Faline, Fred Shields as Great Prince of the Forest, Margaret Lee as Mrs. Rabbit.
ProductionWalt Disney attempted to achieve realistic detail in this animated film. A pair of fawns (named Bambi and Faline) were shipped from the area of present day Baxter State Park in Maine to the studio so that the artists could see first-hand the movement of these animals. The source of these fawns was the impetus for the transformation of Felix Salten's roe deer to white-tailed deer. A small zoo was also established at the studio so animators could study other animals, like rabbits, ducks, owls, and skunks at close range. The background of the film was inspired by the Eastern woodlands; one of the earliest and best known artists for the Disney studio, Maurice Day spent several weeks in the Vermont and Maine forests, sketching and photographing deer, fawns, and the surrounding wilderness areas.
THUMPER: Watch gonna call him?
BAMBI'S MOTHER: Well, I thinks I'll call him Bambi.
THUMPER: Yep, I guesses that I'll do all right.
BAMBI: What's the meadow?
BAMBI'S MOTHER: It's a very wonderful place.
BAMBI: Then why haven't we been there before?
BAMBI'S MOTHER: You weren't big enough.
BAMBI: We're not the only deer in the forest.
BAMBI'S MOTHER: There are many deer in the forest besides us.
BAMBI: Then why don't I ever see them?
BAMBI'S MOTHER: You will, sometime.
THUMPER: Just eat the blossoms. That's the good stuff.
MRS. RABBIT: Thumper. What did your father tell you?
THUMPER: About what?
MRS. RABBIT: About eating the blossoms and leaving the greens?
THUMPER: Oh, that one. Eating greens is a special treat. It makes long ears and great big feet. But it sure is awful stuff to eat. I made that last part up myself.
BAMBI: Mother, look. What's all that white stuff?
BAMBI'S MOTHER: Why, it's snow. Winter has come.
BAMBI'S MOTHER: Bambi. Quick! The thicket! Faster, Bambi! Don't look back! Keep running!
BAMBI: We made it. We made it, Mother. We... Mother, where are you?
GREAT PRINCE OF THE FOREST: Your mother can't be with you anymore. Come. My son.
FLOWER: Well! What's the matter with them?
THUMPER: Why are they acting that way?
FRIEND OWL: Why, don't you know? They're twitterpated.
FLOWER, BAMBI, THUMPER: Twitterpated?
FRIEND OWL: Yes. Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime. For example: You're walking along, minding your own business. You're looking neither to the left, nor to the right, when all of a sudden you run smack into a pretty face. Woo-woo! You begin to get weak in the knees. Your head's in a whirl. And then you feel light as a feather, and before you know it, you're walking on air. And then you know what? You're knocked for a loop, and you completely lose your head!
THUMPER: Gosh, that's awful.
FLOWER: Gee whiz.
FRIEND OWL: And that ain't all. It could happen to anyone, so you'd better be careful. It could happen to you... or you, or even... yes, it could even happen to you!
THUMPER: Well, it's not gonna happen to me.
BAMBI: Me neither.
FLOWER: Me neither.
FRIEND OWL: I guess that'll teach them. Oh, what's the use? Same thing every spring. Love's sweet song. Pain in the pin feathers, I call it.
THUMPER: He doesn't walk very good, does he?
MRS. RABBIT: What did your father tell you this morning?
THUMPER: If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
BAMBI'S MOTHER: Everyone respects him. For of all the deer in the forest, not one has lived half so long. He's very brave and very wise. That's why he's known as the Great Prince of the Forest.
FRIEND OWL: Stop it. Get out of here. All of you. And you, too.
BAMBI: Hello, Friend Owl. Don't you remember me?
FRIEND OWL: Why, it's the young prince. Bambi! My, how you've changed. Turn round there. Let me look at you. I see you've traded in your spots for a pair of antlers. You know, just the other day I was talking to myself about you. And we were wondering what had become of you.
THUMPER: Hello, Bambi. Remember me?
FLOWER: Hi, fellas.