Heartwarming / Bambi


  • On being introduced to Bambi just after he's born:
    Thumper: Whatcha gonna call him?
    Bambi's Mother: Well...I think I'll call him...Bambi.
    Thumper: Bambi...Yep, I guess that'll do alright.
    Bambi's Mother: Bambi... My little Bambi...
  • Bambi is so willing to embrace a Flower, a skunk, as a friend. That is tantamount to overlooking institutionalized racism. "Pretty! Pretty Flower!"
    • Flower names his son Bambi. That's how much Bambi's friendship meant to him. Even Thumper, Bambi's best friend since birth, didn't name his only child after him.
  • Bambi and Faline's tender reunion after the fire, made even better because Faline had spent the entire 'evacuation' frantically looking for him, seeing all the other families finding each other and slowly losing hope of the stag she loved surviving the blaze. And then he shows up.
    • And, of course, the first time they met. Crosses over with CMOF.
  • The birth of Bambi's children (Faline gives birth to boy-girl twin fawns) at the end of the movie.
  • Bambi apparently assuming the role of Great Prince at the end, looking down at Faline and his children in the same way his father did when he was born.
  • A butterfly lands on Bambi's tail. Then he calls a big flower a "butterfly."
  • The scene where Bambi's friend Thumper starts falling in love with a female bunny. Especially the way she notices Thumper staring at her and starts singing and tries making herself look good around him. While the scene is funny, its also one of the most heartwarming scenes in the film.

Bambi II

  • The entire premise of Bambi II is very heartwarming when you really get down it.
  • During the Cold Opening, Friend Owl arrives before the Great Prince to offer comfort over his and Bambi's loss. When the Great Prince asks him to find a Parental Substitute for Bambi, he makes a less than subtle inkling that the Great Prince himself would probably take the role better than anyone.
  • The baby otter that's whimpering in its sleep while "There Is Life" is playing. Its mother then gently wraps her tail around it, and the baby calms down and smiles.
  • A baby flying squirrel going out on its first flight with its mother. Riding on her back at first, it looks really scared, but when it finally comes down to it it takes to it like a duck to water, smiling in a "I did it!" sort of way at its mother.
  • When Bambi's temporary adopted mother is caught in a snare and you start to hear dogs in the distance, she snaps Bambi out of his frozen terror and tells him to run for his life. He starts to, but then realizes her exact words—"Faster, Bambi! Don't look back! Keep running. Keep running!" He freezes, gets a determined look on his face, and goes back to save her.
  • Though the moment after it is definitely a Tear Jerker, Bambi and his father playing with one another in the forest, including the Prince knocking Bambi onto his back, then fuzzy-kissing his belly.
  • Kid!Ronno picking on Faline in what is a creepily good recreation of his attempted claim in the original movie. Faline tells him to stop, in a tone of voice that suggests he's done this before. Ronno swipes at her "playfully" with his baby antlers, and she stumbles back. Bambi then stutters "L-L-Leave her alone!" His righteous indignation at the way Faline is being treated is wonderful.
  • The ending, where Bambi is taken to a beautiful clearing by his father, who reveals that it's where, in the Prince's fawnhood, he'd first met Bambi's mother. Then this exchange takes place.
    Bambi: What were you like?
    Great Prince: Me? Hm...let me think. Actually, I was a lot like you.
  • Thumper and Flower's reaction to seeing Bambi and The Great Prince reuniting with each other after Bambi's apparent death. Thumper reacts by slowly tearing up and starts crying into Flower's arms. Flower then starts comforting Thumper and smiles similar to how a mother would comfort a child.
  • Even though it almost led to his death after he woke up, the dream sequence Bambi has of his mother also counts as this, with its warm colors and the lilting score provided by Bruce Broughton, which incorporates part of "Love is a Song" from the first film. And then there's the meaningful speech she gives him near the end.
    Bambi's Mother: Everything in the forest has its season. Where one thing falls, another grows. Maybe not what was there before, but something new and wonderful all the same.
    Bambi: But I feel so alone.
    Bambi's Mother: I'm always with you, even when you can't see me. I'm here... (echoes) I'm here... I'm here...


  • Ronno definitely has his share of Draco in Leather Pants going on in the fandom, but it's not terribly uncommon to find fanart with a rather sweet milder take where he's portrayed as being on friendly terms with Bambi and sometimes even Faline as well.
  • The sheer fact Bambi's second film, unlike many other Disney sequels, was invested a good budget and team to work on it, leading to competent animation supervision and professional voice acting. In regions such as Europe, it even avoided the Direct-To-Video status and was released in theatre with a fair amount of promotion. At the very least, Disney understood that Bambi's return had to be special.