Bambi

I’ve never seen Bambi and I went into this film saying to Lincoln that if I didn’t cry like everyone else promises, I’ll be disappointed. It’s a shame I went into this knowing the fate of his mother really. The list is here if you want to know where we’re up to!

Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand (supervising a team of sequence directors), produced by Walt Disney and based on the book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. The film was released by RKO Radio Pictures on August 13, 1942, and is the fifth film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.

The main characters are Bambi, a white-tailed deer, his parents (the Great Prince of the forest and his unnamed mother), his friends Thumper (a pink-nosed rabbit), and Flower (a skunk), and his childhood friend and future mate, Faline. For the movie, Disney took the liberty of changing Bambi’s species into a white-tailed deer from his original species of roe deer, since roe deer are not native to North America, and the white-tailed deer is more widespread in the United States.” Thanks wiki!

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Age of film: August 1942

Date Watched: 14th April 2016

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  • Picture Quality 
    • Lincoln – 7
      • It’a cool seeing the quality progress as we’re moving through the Disney films over time. 

    • Sara – 7
      • The picture quality of these films are increasing – the difference in the animals in Bambi compared to Snow White is pretty huge. Still though, I can’t give more points because I know what’s to come.
  • Durability
    • Lincoln – 3
      • I don’t see kids these days being interested in this movie, there’s not enough happening. 

    • Sara – 8
      • All the themes and storylines are still relevant today. In that, there are barely any storylines and deer hunting still exists.
  • Songs
    • Lincoln – 2
      • I don’t know that there were any ‘singalong’ songs to speak of. 

    • Sara – 2
      • I can’t remember a single song. There was an awful lot of chorused background harmonies though.
  • Modern Values
    • Lincoln – 7
      • While it might look like the film endorses sexist relationships (the woman gets fought over by the men, then raises the child while the dad is awol) the film is about animals, and that is how things work for them, so I don’t think its too bad. Not really any other depictions of values that I noticed. 

    • Sara – 3
      • I’d like to think that hunting wasn’t a modern thing – but it is and this makes me sad. Also all the female characters in this film are so gosh darn flirty. The female parents all look after the children while the men go out and do stuff. Maybe this is still true in the animal world though cause they do whatever it is that they need to do without feminism and women’s rights being a factor.
  • Would We Show it to the Kids
    • Lincoln – 3
      • Doubt they’d sit through it. 

    • Sara – 4
      • They’d probably find it cute, although a little dark.
  • Flow/Length 
    • Lincoln – 3
      • Despite only being an hour and 10 mins long, it felt like it dragged on for years and nothing happened. The story was extremely uneventful, there were barely any plot devices to speak of. 

    • Sara – 4
      • I have no idea what the time-span was for this film. It could have been 1 year, it could have been 10. I have no idea how much time passed after the mother died. That also seemed to have zero impact on the film at all. That and the fact that we got about half way though the film and I realised I had no idea what the storyline actually was.
  • Emotional Attachment
    • Lincoln – 4
      • Everyone always talks about how sad the death of Bambi’s mum is, but it was so abrupt and quickly forgotten, I didn’t really have a chance to feel sad about it. The baby animals were cute but it began to feel a little sickly sweet after a while. I didn’t really feel anything for Bambi himself. 

    • Sara – 2
      • I thought that the mother dying would be a tear jerker but I literally had no emotional attachment to anything.
  • Logic/Plot Holes 
    • Lincoln – 6
      • Not enough happened for there to be any plotholes. 

    • Sara – 5
      • I didn’t really notice any.
  • General Enjoyment
    • Lincoln – 3
      • Pretty boring. 

    • Sara – 4
      • I actually found this film to be really boring which was a bit of a shame.
  • Would We Watch it Again
    • Lincoln – 2
      • Doubt it. 

    • Sara – 3
      • Most likely not. Not unless someone I was with was desperate to watch it or future kids wanted to watch it.
  • Final Comment
    • Lincoln –  Surprisingly boring. I’d seen this film as a kid and I couldn’t remember much from it, other than Thumper being cute and the mum dying. I realise now that there’s nothing wrong with my memory, that’s pretty much all that happens.
    • Sara – I was surprisingly super disappointed in this film. I had to attachment to any of the characters, there was very barely a storyline, the music and songs were unmemorable. I mean Bambi was super cute after he was born and learning to walk and talk but it’s not really enough. Plus I totally thought that Flower was a girl until we were introduced to him as an adult. It was very odd.

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Favourite Character

  • Lincoln – Thumper
  • Sara – Thumper

Favourite Song

  • Lincoln – Were there any?
  • Sara – None of them.

Favourite Moment

  • Lincoln – When Bambi and Thumper were playing in the snow
  • Sara – Bambi learning to talk

Total Ranking By Lincoln –  40/100

Total Ranking By Sara –  42/100

For questions regarding the ranking system you can read my post on it here.

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Bye for now!

Sara

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