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For the first time ever, the wonder, music and majesty of one of Walt Disney's greatest triumphs comes alive in glorious detail through the magic of Blu-ray high definition! Now Bambi, Walt Disney's beloved coming-of-age story, will thrill a new generation of fans with its breathtakingly beautiful animation, soaring music and characters who will touch your heart-Bambi, the wide-eyed fawn, his playful pal Thumper, the loveable skunk Flower and wise Friend Owl. Plus, all-new immersive game and special features that reveal the extraordinary creative process behind the making of this timeless classic take you deeper into Bambi's world than ever before.
Walt Disney's Bambi is an experience you will never forget-now more brilliant than ever on Blu-ray.
Unlike many of Disney's Blu-ray releases, the color hasn't been oversaturated on Bambi, a wise decision as the delicate palette contributes so much to the poetic visuals discussed in the extras. The most important--and striking--of the new features is "Inside Walt's Story Meetings." Actors impersonating Walt Disney and several of his key artists read partial transcripts of discussions that took place during the creation of the film, between 1937 and 1940. Their narration is juxtaposed with the finished film and insets of relevant sketches, stills, rough animation, etc. Sadly, the filmmakers mar this striking explication with annoying pop-up windows inviting the viewer to see this or listen to that. Also included are storyboards and sketches for two deleted sequences. In "Two Leaves" (introduced by this reviewer), the last two leaves clinging to an autumn tree speculate about their ultimate fate. Although the leaves provide a poignant moment in the book, they only distract the audience from the main story arc. Similarly, a scene of Bambi getting tangled up in a reed and disturbing a wood mouse's nest is amusing, but does nothing to further the plot. And listeners will agree Walt was wise to cut a very forgettable song about being twitterpated. It all adds up to a beautiful package that can only deepen the viewer's appreciation of the most lyrical of Walt Disney's animated features. --Charles Solomon
• Disney's Second Screen - Content comes alive on your laptop, or iPad as you watch the movie.
• Disney View - 16x9 Full frame viewing experience
• Intro by Diane Disney Miller
• Inside Walt's Story Meetings - Enhanced interactive edition
• Two never-before-seen deleted scenes
• Deleted song
• Blu-ray interactive galleries
• Game: Disney Big Book of Knowledge
• Classic DVD bonus features
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In the two disc DVD set there are some interesting tidbits. I the first disc you get to hear the story meeting that went on about making Bambi; I don't know if they are the real voices or just actors. Walt Disney sounds like Walter Cronkite. In disc two the most important one is the Backstage Disney and you learn story behind Bambi. One thing the bunny Thumper was not in the original book but was added in midway into the development of the film for comic relief. This is the first and only animated Disney where a non villain is killed in the movie. Due to World War II and other reasons Bambi lost money in the theaters and thus the next six films were the infamous package films. This is the first Disney film where all the songs are sung off screen and not by the characters themselves. Bambi was nominated for three Academy Awards for Original Song, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, and Best Sound, Recording. There are more interesting facts in this two disc DVD set. Bambi is a great movie to watch and gets an AAAAA+++++.
Bambi: Inside Walt's Story Meeting
1) Set Up
2) Audio Options
2) Chicken Little
3) Bambi and the Great Prince of the Forest
4) Lilo & Stitch: Stitch has a Glitch
5) Growing Up with Winnie the Pooh
6) Disney Princess
7) Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
8) Porco Rosso
9) The Cat Returns
10) Jojo's Circus
Disc 2 Preview
1) Winter Grass
2) Bambi's First Snow
Games & Activities
1) The Forest Adventure
a. Play Game
b. Game Index
2) Disney Pedia: Bambi's Forest Friends
3) What's Your Season? Personality Profile
4) Disney's Storytime: Thumper Goes Exploring
5) Virtual Forest
1) The Making of Bambi: A Prince Is Born
a. Story Telling the Tale
b. Characters: Drawn To Nature
c. Actors Giving Voice To Animals
d. Art Design: Impressions of the Forest
e. Music: Nature Symphony
f. History: Back to the Beginning
g. Play All
2) Restoring Bambi
3) The Legacy Continues: A Sneak Peek at the All - New Bambi Movie
4) Disney Time Capsule: 1942 The Year of Bambi
5) The Art of Bambi
a. Still Frame Gallery
b. Slide Show Gallery
i. With Docent Audio
ii. Without Docent Audio
6) Tricks of the Trade (excerpt)
7) Inside The Disney Archives
8) The Old Mill: Animated Short (1937)
9) Original Theatrical Trailer (1942)
2) George of the Jungle
3) The Hunchback of Notre Dame
4) Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves
Bambi: The Magic Behind the Masterpiece
The second DVD is packed with extras as is the case with all of the Platinum Editions. It includes a couple of deleted scenes (Winter Grass, and Bambi's First Snow), some games and activities for the younger viewers, and a lot of behind the scenes features as well, called Backstage Disney. These include a making of feature, a restoration features, a sneak peak at the new Bambi movie, a time capsule for 1942, a feature on the multi-plane camera, a feature on the Disney archives, "The Old Mill" animated short (in which many of the techniques that were used in "Bambi" would be tried), the original trailer, and artwork from the movie.
It has been said that "Bambi" is the animated feature with the fewest lines of dialogue, and it is amazing how they combined movement and music to effectively tell the story while keeping the dialogue to a minimum. The movie also is known for its very stylistic or impressionistic backgrounds. Lastly, as far as I know this is the only Disney movie where the main villain (Man) never appears on the screen. Instead we see and hear the tools of man, such as gunshots, his hunting dogs, and his campfire which gets out of control and starts a forest fire.
The movie was based on the 1923 book of the same name by Felix Salten, although I think it is safe to say that most people now think of the movie when they hear the name. It premiered in London on August 8th of 1942, in the midst of World War II. It was the only civilian project which Disney continued during the war years. The rest of the studio was dedicated to helping the war effort. Not surprisingly, given the circumstances, the movie lost money in its initial release but has subsequently made millions for the company.
The movie was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1943, including Best Music, Original Song (Frank Churchill & Larry Morey), Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Frank Churchill & Edward H. Plum), and for Best Sound, Recording (C. O. Slyfield). In 1948 it won a special Golden Globe award for Walt Disney for futhering the influence of the screen with the Hindustani version of the movie. In 1988 it won the Genesis award for classic feature films. Lastly this DVD was nominated for the Satellite Award for Outstanding Youth DVD in 2005.