Watch Bambi Twitterpated

written by Helen Bliss, Robert Sour and Henry Manners. Clip from Bambi (1942) movie.

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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. Bambi: Terrible! 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.

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The clip is included in Bambi Movie Songs.


Originally the film was intended to have six individual bunny characters, similar to the dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). However Perce Pearce, the story director, suggested that they could instead have five generic rabbits and one rabbit with a different color than the rest, with one tooth, would have a very distinct personality. This character later became known as Thumper.

After years of experimentation, Walt Disney felt that the story should focus on the three principal characters: Bambi, Thumper and Flower. The squirrel and chipmunk make only brief appearances in the final film.

The animators visited the Los Angeles Zoo and Disney set up a small zoo at the studio with animals such as rabbits, ducks, owls, and skunks, and a pair of fawns named Bambi and Faline so that the artists could see first-hand the movement of these animals.

Although there were no humans in Bambi, live-action footage of humans was used for one scene: actress Jane Randolph and Ice Capades star Donna Atwood acted as live-action references for the scene where Bambi and Thumper are on the icy pond.

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