Movie Review: Disney’s BAMBI (Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Disney’s BAMBI was directed by David Hand, with Samuel Armstrong, James Algar, Bill Roberts, Graham Heid, Paul Satterfield and Norman Wright. The voice talents include Donnie Dunagan as Young Bambi, Hardie Albright as Adolescent Bambi, John Sutherland as Adult Bambi; Peter Behn as Young Thumper, Sam Edwards as Adult Thumper; Stan Alexander as Young Flower, Tim Davis as Adolescent Flower; Sterling Holloway as Adult Flower;  Cammie King Conlon as Young Faline and Ann Gillis as Adult Faline. 

“Bambi” was released in 1942 during World War II and took over five years to make due to its exquisite hand-drawn artwork and attention to detail. Beloved by generations, “Bambi” holds the No. 3 spot on the American Film Institute’s “10 Top 10,” honoring the 10 greatest animated films of all time. The timeless tale features an adorable young deer named Bambi who explores the wonders and challenges of the woods with his playful pal Thumper, the lovable skunk Flower, and wise Friend Owl – and ultimately fulfills his destiny as prince of the forest.

This 1942 animated classic starts off as a new born fawn named Bambi enters the world and takes in his surroundings for the very first time. He quickly makes two new friends – a mischievous and energetic rabbit named Thumper and a bashful and loveable skunk named Flower. The three of them begin exploring out into the wilderness they call home where they meet even more new friends. You have to love Bambi’s curiosity and innocence as he learns about things. This is also where Bambi first meets a young doe names Faline and at first he’s a little shy because of his instant crush on her but the two do hit it off. As Bambi matures, he also has to learn some valuable life lessons about survival and the dangers that surrounds the woods. And with these tough life lessons come heartbreaking tragedy for the young deer.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, this 75th Anniversary Edition of Bambi is a nice way to celebrate the Disney classic for veteran fans as well as an all-new generation of fans to enjoy. Bambi features the classic style of hand drawn animation and it’s some really impressive work that brings these wonderful characters to life. The story is fun and innocent for the most part even though it does explore life and death and growing pains but it also covers the “circle of life” that would be explored decades later in another Disney animated classic. These classic animated features didn’t have all the cool sound effects movies use today so the orchestra would chip in and create certain sounds for the film and I really love and appreciate this old school special effect. Bambi is the latest animated classic to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection and arrives on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on June 6th. I know every generation gets a new home video release but if you haven’t added Bambi to your collection yet then I highly recommend this one. They don’t make them like this anymore!

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Run Time: 70 Minutes

Rated: G

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Fullscreen (1.33:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HDHR 7.1 / English 2.0 Dolby Digital 2.0

DVD Video: 16×9 Fullscreen Presentation (1.33:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French  and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The impressive list of extras on this home video release features hours of entertainment. The bonus content includes 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.

BRAND NEW!

  • 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. (03:00)
  • 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.”  (04:56)
  • 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. (04:27)
  • DELETED SCENE: THE GRASSHOPPER – A grasshopper confronts Bambi and Thumper and finds himself in quite a predicament. (02:57)
  • 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. (03:34)
  • OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT: “AFRICA BEFORE DARK” – Oswald Short. (05:50)
  • 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.

CLASSIC:

  • DELETED SCENES – Two Leaves, Bambi Stuck on a Reed, Winter Grass, Twitterpated (03:07)
  • THE MAKING OF BAMBI: A PRINCE IS BORN (53:15)
  1. STORY: TELLING THE TALE
  2. CHARACTERS: DRAWN TO NATURE
  3. ACTORS: GIVING VOICE TO ANIMALS
  4. ART DESIGN: IMPRESSIONS OF THE FOREST
  5. MUSIC: NATURE’S SYMPHONY
  6. HISTORY: BACK TO THE BEGINNING
  • TRICK OF THE TRADE (Excerpt) (07:18)
  • INSIDE THE DISNEY ARCHIVES (08:39)
  • THE OLD MILL: ANIMATED SHORT (08:58)
  • ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER (02:12)
  • THE GOLDEN AGE (06:24)

 

 

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