Number of Times Seen – A few times (video, cable and 8 Apr 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A young deer must learn to fend for himself while growing up in the forest.
My Take on it – I know that tons of people LOVE this movie, but I think that in order to love a movie like this you need to both appreciate the construction of the story and the way the animation was mind blowing for the time.
I agree about the animation aspect, but I still think that the story here is somewhat lacking because it just moves along way too slowly and I even got bored while watching it.
Yes, I know it’s a heartbreaking tale of a young deer who must fend for himself after something tragic happens to him (I won’t give away the spoiler here 🙂 even though most people know it), but to drag this story on for 70+ minutes was just too much. I think they could have accomplished what they wanted to even if they had cut out a good 15-20 at least. A run time of under an hour at that time, wasn’t unheard of and even Dumbo (1941) managed it and did quite well. (I will go on the record here to say that I also think Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) is also filled with lots of boring moments, but I’ll talk about that when I review it in the coming weeks, if not sooner).
The animation and the way that they were able to animate the creatures of the forest was truly amazing to watch. I have at some point or another seen (almost) all of the Disney movies (The few I missed will hopefully be reviewed in the next few weeks or so) so I recall how the animation progressed over the years especially due to Walt being adamant that the animators improve their techniques for each and every new movie.
Bambi is considered one of animations most iconic characters and it’s primarily due to the way he was animated and to the way that his touching story was able (and is still able) to touch us all.
Bottom Line – I think the story is a bit over-rated here, but the animation is amazing for it’s time and Disney was able to create an iconic character in Bambi. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy
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