Being able to relive those childhood memories of when I watched Bambi with my mom on the living room floor with my four kids now is amazing. As many of you know in April I took a trip to Los Angelos where I was able to meet the real life voices of Young Bambi and Young Thumper. During this Exclusive Interview with Peter Behn (Young Thumper) and Donnie Dunagan (Young Bambi), I found out so much fun information about what it was like during the recording process of this classic Disney Movie 75 years ago.
Can you believe that 75 years have passed by and that this classic film still touches the hearts of younger and older generations alike? During the exclusive interview, I found out that Bambi was actually slated to be released follow Disney’s Snow White, but due to WW2, the date was pushed back. After being postponed for a 4 year period due to the war this classic film was officially released at Walt Disney’s fifth film.
The Collection release (Available Today!) includes a variety of new bonus material, including recordings of Walt Disney discussing the challenges and triumphs during the production of “Bambi;” deleted scenes and characters; stories and effects that “Bambi” had on the Studio, other films and artists; and much, much more. Additionally, the Digital HD release includes an exclusive, heartfelt feature on the incredible artist, Tyrus Wong, who inspired the film’s soft watercolor backgrounds and beautiful palette.
BONUS MATERIAL (BLU-RAY & DIGITAL* HD) INCLUDES:
· THE BAMBI EFFECT – “Bambi” was full of innovations for its time. Let’s take a look at how those past innovations affected future Disney animated titles all the way up to today.
· STUDIO STORIES: “BAMBI” – Recordings of Walt Disney. Listen in on intimate moments where he discusses the challenges, pitfalls and triumphs during the production of “Bambi.”
· DELETED SCENE: BAMBI’S ICE AND SNOW – Bambi coaxes Thumper and his brothers and sisters to come play on the ice during the first snow.
· DELETED SCENE: THE GRASSHOPPER – A grasshopper confronts Bambi and Thumper and finds himself in quite a predicament.
· BAMBI FAWN FACTS – Think you know everything there is to know about Bambi and his forest companions? Well, it’s time to discover some fun real-life facts about the creatures that live in the forest he calls home.
· OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT: “AFRICA BEFORE DARK” – Oswald Short.
· CELEBRATING TYRUS WONG (DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE) – A heartfelt look at the man who played a key role in the success of “Bambi.” Much like Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle, Tyrus Wong had a unique signature style all to his own. The soft water-colored backgrounds and beautiful palettes in “Bambi” were inspired by Tyrus’ concept art paintings.
· DELETED SCENES – Two Leaves, Bambi Stuck on a Reed, Winter Grass, Twitterpated
· THE MAKING OF BAMBI: A PRINCE IS BORN
o STORY: TELLING THE TALE
o CHARACTERS: DRAWN TO NATURE
o ACTORS: GIVING VOICE TO ANIMALS
o ART DESIGN: IMPRESSIONS OF THE FOREST
o MUSIC: NATURE’S SYMPHONY
o HISTORY: BACK TO THE BEGINNING
· TRICK OF THE TRADE (Excerpt)
· INSIDE THE DISNEY ARCHIVES
· THE OLD MILL: ANIMATED SHORT
· ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER
· THE GOLDEN AGE
My kids and I popped some popcorn and had a movie night which consisted of many laughs and a few tears. The joy and excitement that Bambi, Thumper, Flower and all the other little woodland creatures brought to my family were priceless. Although, It was so sad to see Bambi’s mom being taken from him again. My 4-year-old gave me a huge hug and said she was sorry Bambi didn’t get to be with his mommy anymore.
I told her that Bambi still had his father and he ended up becoming a very strong Bambi in the end and even helped his girlfriend (that’s what she calls her). Little Bambi and Thumper are sleeping buddies for my girls and also companions for when we are on the go in life. Something I know my family took from Bambi was that nature its self is beautiful, and we have to do all we can to preserve it.
Things like just being more cautious of how we treat our environment, as well as how we treat the creatures around us is very important. Around my home we actually have a lot of deer families come through and live close to our home. The kids and I are able to watch the baby deer grow up to be adults and they asked me if Bambi was like the deer next to us. I told them, yes and it’s good to be very respectful of them and to make sure you be careful around them and don’t startle them. I also make sure we all say “hi” to the babies and the mommies so they know we are just friendly neighbors.
I really hope all of you are able to purchase this 70 year Anniversary Disney’s Bambi Bluray. I still am in awe about the graphics for this film and how far Walt Disney and his team came with this movie. Just taking a step back and enjoying the sheer beauty of the film with the characters as well as the feel the movie gives you is beautiful.
If you have a moment and want to learn how you can have your very own Bambi Themed Backyard Camp-out then check out the photo above. Click the photo and then print out everything you need to have a beautiful Bambi Themed Backyard Camp-out with your family.
How old were you when you saw Bambi for the first time? What do you think your kids will say in 70 year’s when Bambi is then 140 year’s old?