!!The Movie
* AdaptationDisplacement: Par the course for just about anything adapted by Disney, the film is ''much'' more well known than the original Felix Salten book. It's rather strange that few people know it was based on a book since it mentions in the opening credits that the movie was based on Felix Salten's story (then again, most people don't pay much attention to credits in the first place). Not only that, it's a serious, gritty book. Most people, though, would assume that it's a pop-up book or something. The poster for the movie was even a picture of the book.
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: What's weird is that the infamous death scene is the only scene anyone seems to remember. Also, it seems that nobody is aware that Bambi ever grows older. Disney isn't particularly helping, however, as there is almost ''no'' merchandise portraying Bambi as an adult, and ''Bambi II'' is actually a midquel and not a sequel as already mentioned.
** Which is ironic, given that the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLvX-erABqY original advertisements for the film in 1942]] did the exact opposite, showing only the third act and playing up the romance between Bambi and Faline as well as the final confrontation with the hunters. In this case, it is the child Bambi that is not even mentioned.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** The hunter. A bloodthirsty EvilPoacher who hunts for the fun of killing animals, an [[ObliviouslyEvil ordinary sport hunter with no evil intent]] (less likely, given how it was and still is illegal to shoot deer out of season), or just a poor, hungry man desperate to fill the cooking pot?
** We never see them so... [[SamusIsAGirl maybe it's not even a man?]]
** For that matter, is it even the same hunter(s) from one encounter to the next?
** Also, did the hunter deliberately target a doe to shoot, or was Bambi's mother mistaken for a buck because her head wasn't clearly in view?
** The midquel elevates Ronno potentially from merely a sinister looking stag who's out to mate (if forcefully), to [[AlwaysSecondBest a jealous rival of Bambi in almost every area]]. Does he genuinely target Faline as a mate, or does he take her out of spite or even intentionally to anger Bambi into another tussle as he did in the midquel?
** In nature, a buck following a doe in heat sometimes enters the territory of another buck. This begs the question, did Bambi and Ronno even know each other as old rivals? Was it Ronno forcing Bambi into fighting with him? Or was it simply Bambi having followed Faline into Ronno's territory by accident?
* AngstWhatAngst: Bambi's mother's death. Bambi and everyone else seems to get over it pretty darn quick, especially since right after Bambi's father tells him of her death, [[MoodWhiplash it instantly cuts to spring with birds singing happily]]. Bambi's mom is never even brought up again. The midquel manages to avert this, since Bambi and his father seem to be past the grieving stage by the end of the story, which takes place over the course of a few months.
* AwesomeArt: This was one of the first Disney movies to have animals (in this case, deer) brought to the studio for the artists to closely reference for more accurate depictions of their movement, as opposed to the deer in ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', which look like flour sacks with long legs[[note]]Which is appropriate, as tumbling flour sacks are usually the first thing animators learn to animate[[/note]]. The result is easily one of the most beautiful films Disney ever made.
* AwesomeMusic: A killer combo of Frank Churchill's unforgettable songs and Edward Plumb's mantovani cue-filled score results in ''Bambi'' having a very memorable soundtrack:
** "Love Is A Song That Never Ends", the theme of the first film. It even pops up as an instrumental leitmotif in the midquel.
** "I Bring You A Song", the sensual, haunting love theme between Bambi and Faline.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Watch the scenes of the forest animals fleeing for their lives while their home burns and collapses around them, desperately seeking shelter, calling for loved ones...then remember [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the year this came out.]]
* EarWorm: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMdCx-4TmuU Drip drip drop, little April showers]]..."
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Thumper got his own ''merchandise line''. At one point during the eighties he was even given consideration as a BreakoutCharacter for his own feature film.
** Same goes for his mate, Miss Bunny, who also has her own merchandise line [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff in Japan]], especially at Tokyo Disneyland.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: In the original novel, Bambi learns that he must live all alone to live long and safe. He learns this one from the (supposedly) wise Great Prince, of all deer.
%%* FauxSymbolism: The scene where Bambi goes with his father after learning about his mother's death symbolizes the end of his childhood and innocence. This was exactly what Disney was going for with that scene.
* FirstInstallmentWins: While ''Disney/BambiII'' is at least considered to be a decent or even good follow-up by fans, the original film is considered an animation milestone and is usually the one everybody remembers. Though in fairness, the original [[ToughActToFollow left really big shoes to fill]], so any follow-up was inevitably gonna fall short, no matter how good it would've been.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The cream-colored rabbit named Miss Bunny who Thumper falls in love with is surprisingly popular in Japan. With tons of merchandise featuring her ([[AgeLift sometimes even alongside the child Thumper]]).
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: Almost all the brief interactions between Bambi and his father the Great Prince in the movie are this as a result of the {{Interquel}}, ''Bambi II'', which shown that following the death of Bambi's mother, the Great Prince mellowed his aloof demeanour and formed a very close loving bond with son.
* HilariousInHindsight: The story of a sweet innocent little child turning into a formidable leader ended up hilariously poetic when Donnie Dunagan, the voice actor for Bambi as a fawn, grew up to become a Marine Corp drill instructor.
* HoYay: Between Bambi and Flower when they were little. They even have a MeetCute, for God's sake, as explained by Blog/UnshavedMouse [[http://unshavedmouse.com/2012/08/29/disney-reviews-by-the-unshaved-mouse-5-bambi/ here]]. Flower even named his child after Bambi, the guy he, as far as we know, only shared two scenes with (in the first film, at least).
* ItWasHisSled: Bambi's mother dies.
* MemeticLoser: Bambi is frequently the poster child for TastesLikeDiabetes, and often exemplified whenever mocking Disney's cutesy, cloying image. This is despite the fact that only half the film has Bambi as a naive MommasBoy fawn getting into cutesy antics ([[ItWasHisSled and losing his mother]]), with the latter half taking on a much darker tone and focusing on [[TimeSkip Bambi growing into a]] [[TookALevelInBadass formidable stag]]. Counting [[Disney/BambiII the much later midquel]], even the fawn-era Bambi had his badass moments.
* MemeticMutation:
** Thumper's "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all," line is used a lot nowadays, for [[{{GIFT}} obvious reasons]].
** Within the studio, the line "Man is in the forest" became a tongue-in-cheek code amongst the animators for when Walt Disney was coming by to look at their work.
** [[ItWasHisSled Bambi's mom's death]] counts as well.
* {{Moe}}:
** Bambi (and by extension Faline, the two fawns they have as adults, and even Ronno to some degree) is likely the cutest white-tailed deer fawn you'll ever see. There's a reason Creator/OsamuTezuka used him as the basis for the distinctive large eye style of anime.
** Thumper and Flower are also adorable {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s.
* NarmCharm:
** The child voice actors aren't the best actors, but their performances are certainly cute. Their acting skills are ''just'' unpolished enough that they sound refreshingly like the little kids they really are -- Bambi's "Mother? Whatwegonna~dotoday?" line is a prime example.
** Some "behind the scenes" footage reveal that this was invoked with the voice cast for young Thumper. Children trying out for the part were asked to deliver the line "Did the young prince fall down?", which they all did in a fittingly worried manner, but one child instead comically said "Did the young prince fall doooown!?" Most of the crew dismissed the young Peter Behn, but one of them got curios and suggested they had him try more lines as he, similarly to above noted, talked like how children often do.
* OneSceneWonder:
** Ronno in the original film. He comes literally out of nowhere, has no dialogue, no real characterization and isn't even named, and only has a couple minutes of screen time--[[NightmareFuel but what a scene it is!]]
** Also, the poor bird that gets frightened out of her hiding spot when the hunters arrive, pretty much [[NightmareFuel for the same reason]].
** The scene where the cream-colored rabbit flirts with Thumper. While both return in the ending, the rabbit named [[AllThereInTheManual Miss Bunny]] is surprisingly popular in Japan and despite only being in a short scene.
* PeripheryDemographic: It's well documented that his film was popular with, of all people, men shipping out to fight in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Pictures of the characters were common as the nose art of planes and tanks. A few munition factories even stamped pictures of Thumper to blockbuster bombs. And to top it off, Donnie Dunagan, Bambi's original child voice actor, would grow up to become a Marine Corps {{drill sergeant|Nasty}}.
* SignatureScene:
** The death of Bambi's mother, [[PopCulturalOsmosisFailure if you've actually seen the film for yourself]].
** Bambi discovering Flower in the flower field and looking at the butterfly on his tail are the two most often bits used to officially represent the film.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Disney using the trope at its most extreme. The midquel, with more humanized characterizations and 'zanier' humor, is toned down slightly, though it's hardly even close to a subversion. [[TropesAreNotBad This is considered the draw appeal to many fans.]]
* ViewerGenderConfusion:
** Like you cannot even ''imagine''. It can be especially easy to miss the single reference to Flower's gender early on. And then puberty kicks in, and their genders are much more obvious.
** Bambi, because of his [[DudeLooksLikeALady feminine appearance.]] It doesn't help that the name "Bambi" is associated with women in English, despite being masculine. However, all gender confusion about him is cleared up when he gets older, due to growing antlers. His gender confusion is even lampshaded by Ronno in the Midquel:
--->'''Ronno:''' Bambi? Isn't that a girl's name?
** There is the picture book of the Disney movie that actually called Flower a female, and [[MisterSeahorse made "her" a ''mother''!]]
* VindicatedByHistory: Thanks to extremely mixed reception from critics of the time period, and the war going on at the time, ''Bambi'', along with ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' and ''{{Disney/Pinocchio}}'' before it, was a huge box office flop when it first unspooled in theaters. Nowadays, it's one of Disney's most financially successful and critically well received movies.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: ''Bambi'' had more multiplane camera shots than any other film in Disney's history, and they are used to stunning effect, especially during the final shot of the opening, the "Little April Showers" sequence, and the ending. And then there's the painstakingly elaborate effects animation of the climatic forest fire...
* TheWoobie:
** Bambi infamously losing his mother as a fawn solidified him as one of Disney's codifying Woobies. The {{Interquel}} only furthers this due to his [[WellDoneSonGuy somewhat contentious upbringing by his father]] afterwards.
** That poor pheasant who was driven to hysteria and shot.
* {{Woolseyism}}: The Norwegian re-dub changes the line Thumper says in the beginning from: "Sure, let's go with that." to "Sure, that would rather fit!", giving a plenty better reason to use the "Bambi" name.

!!The Book
* FranchiseOriginalSin: While obviously suffering far less from {{Disneyfication}} than either two films, Felix Salten's sequel book ''Bambi's Children'' is also LighterAndSofter from the original novel[[note]]though partially due to {{Bowdlerization}} by English translators[[/note]] and even mildly betrays some elements of realism for the sake of characterization (Bambi for example is characterized as a warmer and less distant father, much as the Great Prince was in ''Bambi II''). It even goes a step further than the films do by humanizing [[NothingIsScarier Man]].
* ValuesDissonance:
** The first page of the book goes on about how it's unusual for a book to be about animals and mentions that real animals are mindless. XenofictionalLiterature since has become very common and research has shown that there's more to deer than known in the 1920s.
** Bambi and Faline are KissingCousins in the novel. While not that odd in 1920s Austria, other countries have differing views on cousin incest. This is why the Disney film removed references to Faline's mother being Bambi's aunt.
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