Warning: contains spoilers***
I saw this movie at a friend’s house. A fawn grows, makes
friends, and even goes through challenges along the way.
Here are the parts of “Bambi” that I admired and those that
I felt could’ve been better.
First the strengths:
1: The animation and artistic layout
I find it very unfortunate that Disney stopped doing 2D
animated films as did pretty much all movie companies. So, seeing the beautifully
illustrated backgrounds as well as the animation of the characters drew me in emotionally.
2: The morals
The lessons that are communicated throughout this movie apply
to real life etiquette. I especially love Thumper’s quoting of his father after
he criticizes Bambi’s walking abilities. He says, “If you can’t say something
nice…don’t say nothing at all.” I’ve heard kids being told that many times,
although the wording they received was, “If you don’t have anything nice to
say, don’t say it at all.” If only more people took this seriously, though.
3: The characters’ relations to one another
Bambi’s bond with his mother, as well as his friends,
Thumper, Flower, and eventual love interest, Faline, were beautiful. The portrayals
and importance of friendships, family, and more mattered to me.
That being said…
1: Why doesn’t Bambi’s father play more of a role in his
Could it be that deer dads don’t get to know their young
like the mothers do? Disney animals are shown to be very scientifically
inaccurate all the time. So, while times Bambi and his mom together were sweet,
I found it unsatisfying that his father hadn’t been involved in his life until his
mother died. We also don’t get to see Bambi learning to grow and change after losing
his mom in this film. There is a sequel where it might be more emphasized.
However, a characters’ evolution after a tragic event should happen in the same
story, not in a later one. After his mother’s death, the scene transitions to
when Bambi is an adult and reuniting with his friends, as happy as they can be.
2: What is Bambi’s goal exactly?
Unlike other movies, Bambi’s goal isn’t made clear enough.
What does he really want? What was he working toward?
While his development from birth is essential, I couldn’t
see what he had an eager desire for. Take other Disney films, like “The Lion
King”, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, and “Hercules”, where they start when the
main characters were babies. Simba, Quasimodo, and Hercules still all had goals
they worked toward and did everything they could to achieve them. And they were
made obvious to the audience.
Therefore, it kind of disappointed me that Bambi’s ambitions
didn’t feel clear.
3: Structure being too similar to “The Lion King”
Well, technically, it’s the other way around. “Bambi” came
out decades before “The Lion King”. It’s also common for Disney to recycle
animation movements. But the plotlines of both films mirrored a little too
And onto the part I’m kind of unsure about
Bambi and his friends finding love interests
I get that this was made in the 1940’s, when standards were
different. And Bambi’s romance with Faline does become crucial, even if Bambi,
sadly, didn’t join Faline after she gave birth to two fawns. But why did Thumper
and Flower need to fall in love? Satisfaction? I do, however, admire the rabbit
Thumper develops feelings for. She reminded me of Snow White.
While I found “Bambi” to be a beautiful experience, I felt
it could’ve done better with a few more literary elements. So, I would rate the
movie 3.5 out of 5 stars.