Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Animated Features
- Talking Animals
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary seems less than impressed by this iconic Disney film, arguing that “the attempt to establish realism doesn’t work because the animals are too humanized,” that many of the animals’ voices are “annoying”, and that the film as a whole is “too sentimental for many viewers and too gentle for others.” I disagree. While the storyline of Bambi is extremely simple (the filmmakers relied on Felix Salten’s original novel more for inspiration than narrative), it manages to hold interest throughout, thanks in large part to the beautiful animation. I wasn’t bothered by the use of children’s voices for the young animals (Peter Behn as young Thumper is particularly impressive), and found the mix of “human” eyes and realistic animal movements to work just fine (note how nicely the animators capture the deer’s spindly legs in motion). There are countless memorable moments in this fine children’s film, which is guaranteed to appeal to (most) adults as well.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Thumper reluctantly apologizing for teasing Bambi
- Bambi learning to ice skate
- Beautiful animation of changing seasons
Yes. This classic Disney feature should be seen at least once by all film fanatics.