Bambi (1942)

Basic Summary – In a classic Disney animation, a fawn named Bambi joins his new friends, a young rabbit named Thumper and a skunk kit named Flower in happily exploring the woods. Bambi is captivated with a young doe named Faline, and he learns from his doting mother and his father — the Great Prince of the Forest — that besides the delights of the forest, there is danger in open meadows where hunters can see them. Though fear and tragedy touch Bambi’s life, another spring brings renewal.

Honestly, I think the trailer and poster are both deceiving in what the film is. Not only is it a story about the power of love, but it is also a coming of age story. It follows the life of Bambi from a young fawn to stag. It deals with growing up in the wilderness and surviving against man and their weapons.

The story is pretty slow and builds character connections. However, it isn’t a boring story for it’s pace. It does have the most traumatic Disney death pre-dating The Lion King. The main character doesn’t talk that much which I think is a flaw when it comes to Disney stories like this, but I think it handles this pretty well.

Bambi is a pretty timeless tale that I will at least watch again sometimes soon.


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