Disney’s Bambi – The Anniversary Edition

Disney's Bambi - Anniversary Edition 

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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.

Disney Bambi Anniversary Edition DVD

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.

Tyrus Wong Bambi 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

Connect with Bambi: Facebook

 

Who’s your favorite Bambi character? When was the first time you saw Bambi?

 

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Comments

  1. I loved watching Bambi when I was a kid. My sister and I would watch it over and over. I can’t wait to show it to my kids!

  2. I can’t believe it’s been 40 years! Bambi has been an icon and a classic favorite. It’s nice to introduce Bambi to the kids of this generation! This DVD is just pure awesome! I love that there’s a Tyrus Wong lithograph included.

  3. How sweet! I loved Bambi when I was growing up. I can’t wait for my little one to see it, this makes me want to watch all of the Disney Classics!

  4. Wow! 40 years! That’s a lot of memories right there and Bambi has always been one of the movies that I hold dear to my heart. I think it’s lovely that they’re honoring Bambi with a DVD and an art work as well.

  5. momssmallvictories says:

    Oh Bambi is such a classic, I love the art of animation and the watercolors in Bambi are gorgeous. I didn’t know it was back out for purchase! I don’t think my younger boys have seen it yet.

  6. Jessica Joachim says:

    I used to love bambi! I need to get this so I can introduce this classics to my kids! My daughter already loves Mulan and Little Mermaid lol

  7. I need to see it again because Bambi was possibly the first movie I ever saw. It would be great to se the back story and the making of Bambi Walt Disney was such a forward thinker.

  8. Wow, had no idea it was 40! That is really crazy. Bambi is such a classic and well loved movie, can’t wait to pick this up!

  9. Bambi was one of the first Disney movies I watched. I don’t think my kids have ever seen it!!

  10. I don’t even remember the storyline in Bambi. My daughter will love it I am sure. I can’t wait to go buy it.

  11. cvnxena says:

    I am still scarred by Bambi haha but I love a good Disney film and the anniversary edition looks great!

  12. It’s been so long since I’ve seen Bambi. I’m excited to give it another watch. It is a classic.

  13. Aww I use to have all the Disney movies in VHS… yea I think it’s time to upgrade.

  14. I loved Bambi as a kid. I can not believe it is so old though. It is such a classic.

  15. I saw this Disney movie when I was a kid and it is very nice. Glad they have this Dvd edition so kids these days can enjoy it too!

  16. Omg Bambi was a favorite of mine when I was a kid!!! Then again all Disney movies were my favorite. Must buy this for my daughter

  17. adawnpaxton says:

    My daughter hasn’t seen Bambi yet so I will have to pick this up for her! It is one of my favorites

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