Nightmare Fuel: Bambi

Novel

  • In the book, Bambi and his father examine the body of a poacher who has just been shot dead note :
    "Do you see how He's lying there dead, like one of us? Listen, Bambi. He isn't all-powerful as they say. Everything that lives and grows doesn't come from Him. He isn't above us. He's just the same as we are. He has the same fears, the same needs, and suffers in the same way. He can be killed like us, and then He lies helpless on the ground like all the rest of us, as you see Him now."
    There was a silence.
    "Do you understand me, Bambi?" asked the old stag.
    "I think so." Bambi said in a whisper.
    "Then speak." the old stag commanded.
    Bambi was inspired and said trembling, "There is Another who is over us all, over us and over Him."
    • Fun fact: This sequence was storyboarded to be included in the animated movie. Walt Disney himself intervened to say he found it too graphic and wanted it cut. Well, thank the gods for that.
  • Gobo's death. After a graphic description of his mortal wound ("bloody entrails oozing from his torn flank") Gobo screams in agony as the human, whom he was so certain would be friendly, finishes him off. To top it off, the only deer who actually sees this happen is Gobo's mate.

Bambi (1942)

  • Do we need to say it? The mother's death, while sad, is also kind of creepy in that it happens offscreen. A whole generation of kids was traumatized. Now, movies for kids don't always sugar-coat reality nor should they start now, but the death of a parent is quite disturbing to any child. This one is fairly famous for all the denial associated therewith. Apparently, they were going to show Bambi's mother lying in a pool of blood, but they decided that would be far too traumatizing.
  • The time Faline licked Bambi. And how he promptly went crazy.
    • While having said Mushroom Samba, Bambi imagines himself prancing around in the clouds.. and then suddenly, Ronno jumps out of the cloud instead of Faline, starting a fight. He came outta nowhere, destroying the Imagine Spot and even accompanied by a Scare Chord.
  • The forest fire.
  • There's also the scene where Bambi wakes up in the middle of the night, walks through the forest and looks down a cliff showing Man's camp. It doesn't help that the music playing in the background is downright chilling.
    • Not to mention the fact that the scene shows Bambi and Faline sleeping. Bambi wakes up the moment the music begins in 0:11.
  • The scene where three birds are hiding from the hunters in the bush and one of them gets scared, flies up and gets shot and the body falling down to ground is shown.
    Bird: He's almost here...I CAN'T STAND IT ANY LONGER!
    • The most obvious Tear Jerker also overlaps with this.
    • The dogs that pursue Faline. Made even more unsettling by the fact that they don't look or move entirely like normal dogs; the animators modeled their appearance and movements on panthers, presumably for that extra dose of creepiness.

Bambi II (2006)

  • The "deer call" scene. The call does a spot-on imitation of Bambi's mother (and it's a creepy, gentle repetition of "I'm here...It's me...Hello...") which combined with Bambi's last shred of hope of seeing his mother alive again, almost gets him mauled by a pack of hunting dogs and shot. He's literally paralyzed with fear when he sees the hunting dogs on his way.
    • Just the whole situation up until the dogs is damn creepy. Alone in a deserted forest, a disembodied voice calling out to you, luring you out onto an empty field that is completely white and with nowhere to hide. And still that voice keeps calling. Bambi himself was pretty freaked out once he saw the meadow. He knew something was wrong but he just didn't want to give up hope.
  • The moment directly before Bambi headbutts the hunting dog off the ledge. The dog is just standing there, teeth bared, lightning flashing... brrr.
  • A lower key example, but Ronno emerging from the bushes to harass Bambi after being taken by Mena. Unlike his previous pompous taunting for most of the film beforehand, Ronno comes off more sinister and closer to real life bullying, cruelly taunting Bambi till he finally snaps and gives him the vicious battle he wants. This gives a creepy allusion to the more bitter and terrifying presence he takes on as an adult mentioned above, and it's only more unsettling since he's still just a child.
    • What makes the fight even more unsettling is that it's a shot for shot recreation of the fight they have in the original movie.