It’s not often a piece of entertainment, or animation, in this case, stands the test of time to become a beloved classic. Of course, when it comes from the mind of Walt Disney and the Golden Age of Disney animation, it should surprise no one. One such classic was born seventy-five years ago when a little prince, known as Bambi, made his debut on the big screen. Since then generations have come to love Bambi. Disney is celebrating that anniversary with the release of Bambi The Anniversary Edition on Disney Movies Anywhere on May 23, and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on June 6.
This beloved classic follows the story of Bambi, as he navigates growing up in the forest along with his best friends Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk. Based on Felix Salten’s book, Bambi, A Life in the Woods, it’s a tale that is both beautiful and heartbreaking.
Besides being able to re-watch a Disney classic, I also learned a great deal about the making of Bambi and the many innovations that came out of the Disney Animation Studios thanks to the Bonus Features. This is one of the reasons I adore Disney DVDs, they allow me to geek out on animation and Disney history.
Bambi Bonus Features:
- Studio Stories: Bambi – Featuring Walt Disney’s Recordings
- The Bambi Effect – See how today’s animated films were inspired by the artistry and technology of Bambi
- Inside Walt’s Story Meetings – Extended Edition
- Deleted Scenes
- Bambi Fawn Facts
- Classic Footage – See the theatrical trailer, visit the archives, and more
I was particularly fascinated to learn that Walt brought in animals and created classes so his animators could learn to draw more life-like creatures. Up until then, animals were more cartoonish, but with Bambi transformed the way wildlife looked and acted in Disney movies. You can still see the influence today, with animals being showcasing a combination of wildlife and human qualities.
Another unique aspect of Bambi is its watercolor-like backgrounds, which were created by Tyrus Wong. Wong, who passed away in December 2016 at the age of 106, was a Chinese immigrant and artist who was drawn to the story of Bambi. When he heard about the project, he created the famous landscapes that inspired the background of the classic animated film. To honor Wong, each Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD includes a collectible Tyrus Wong lithograph.
In addition to the influence of Tyrus Wong and the use of real-life animals for inspiration, Bambi also set a precedence as having the first female animator, Retta Scott, receive screen credit for her work. It really does seem as if 1942 was a big year for Disney animation. I’m happy to have learned more about Bambi’s backstory. It’s given me a greater appreciation for the Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, and On-Demand releases.
For more information on where to find Disney’s Bambi visit: Bambi Website
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Who’s your favorite Bambi character? When was the first time you saw Bambi?
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