Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5
USA, 1942. Walt Disney Productions. Story adaptation by Vernon Stallings, Mel Shaw, Carl Fallberg, Chuck Couch, Ralph Wright, story adaptation by Larry Morey, story direction by Perce Pearce, from the story by Felix Salten. Produced by Walt Disney. Music by Frank Churchill, Edward H. Plumb. Production Design by Tom Codrick, Robert Cormack, Lloyd Harting, David Hilberman, John Hubley, Dick Kelsey, McLaren Stewart, Al Zinnen.
The story here isn’t much to speak of, but the artistry of the animation is absolutely breathtaking and its like was rarely to be seen again. The simple tale is of a baby doe named Bambi who is born into an adoring world of furry little friends in the deep of the forest. His mother dotes on him while his best friend Thumper, a rabbit with a nervous foot, teaches him all about the world around him. Bambi’s happiness and progression through life is constantly being threatened (and nearly destroyed) by the most evil forest predator around: the human hunter. The lush green forests are animated so beautifully, with such precision and love that they nearly jump right off the screen. This was the very first film I ever saw in the movie theatres, and while I can’t say it impressed me that much as a four year-old (I left the theatre before it was over, the first and only time I’ve ever done it, but McDonald’s holds a child’s attention much better than a movie does and it was next on our itinerary that day), my opinion of it has improved greatly since.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Sound Recording; Best Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture; Best Song (“Love Is A Song”)
Golden Globe Award: Special Achievement Award