‘Bambi’ Signature Collection

Category: Blu-ray's and DVD's

75 years ago the feature animated film Bambi premiered and became an instant classic. Now it joins Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, and Pinocchio as part of the Signature Collection from Disney Home Entertainment.

The story of Bambi delighted readers when it appeared in books. Then Walt Disney decided to make it into an animated feature film. He knew he had to change some things from the book version to make it more appealing to theater audiences, however he did not change the part in which Bambi’s mother dies. This was upsetting to his daughter Diane, who wanted to know why he kept that in the story. She, and most viewers, would have preferred for this scene to be omitted. It has always been the subject of discussion over the years, and a sense of sadness for everyone who loves little Bambi.

The story follows the “Prince of the Forest” from his birth through his first years when he grows, falls in love, and learns to live in the forest. After his mother dies, Bambi lives with his father and is taught how to survive. He desires to be as great a leader as his dad, and when a fire threatens the forest, he has a chance to prove himself.

Bonus features include two deleted scenes that are absolutely adorable, even though they are still in storyboard form. Too bad they didn’t make it into the final cut. Viewers learn about the background of the film and how it made its mark on the Disney Studio. Walt Disney was adamant that the animated characters look more realistic than those in the Snow White film.

With the invention of the Multiplane camera, the studio ramped up animation. This new device created the illusion of depth in animation. Many of the techniques used in the making of Bambi are still being used today at the studio. Viewers can also learn interesting facts about deer in the “Fawn Facts” bonus feature. Besides bonus features about Bambi, there is a short film featuring Oswald the rabbit.

Bambi has always been a loved story with delightful characters and inspired Bambi II in 2006. “Bambi” was nominated for three Academy Awards and won a Golden Globe. This newest edition is a must have for fans of the film.

The Anniversary Edition Signature Collection includes a Blu-ray, DVD, digital HD, and a watercolor lithograph of Bambi and Thumper. Bambi is rated G.

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