Nightmare Fuel / Bambi


  • 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.
    • What helps make it work is the build-up. The music switches to chilling strings, like out of Jaws, and is followed by Bambi's mother looking bolt upright and scanning the area with wide open eyes, before she tells Bambi to run, suggesting she didn't even spot Man herself. These two elements combine to create a building feeling that something is wrong.
  • After Faline licks his cheek, 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.
    • Just Ronno as a whole. He says nothing, but just glares a big hateful hole through Bambi before deciding to take Faline, whether she wants him or not, forcing her into the darkness before Bambi intervenes. He's even creepier after watching the Interquel, knowing he's gone from merely an arrogant brat to a sinister hulking stag out of bitter jealousy and resentment towards Bambi.
    • Ronno arrives to steal Faline away from Bambi. Faline's not interested, but Ronno's not taking no for an answer and he starts shoving her into the bushes. Thankfully, Bambi steps in, because whatever Ronno had in store for her, it couldn't have been good. Keep in mind, this is still a family film, where the main character saves his would-be girlfriend from attempted deer rape.
  • 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.
    • Here's a fun fact: The music that plays for that scene? John Williams was inspired by it for another famous movie score...
    • The last thing that poor bird says just before it happens...
      Bird: He's almost here...I CAN'T STAND IT ANY LONGER!
      • It doesn't help that it looks like her head was blown off.
    • 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. Some even have inverted eyes, making them look extra demonic.
  • You never actually see the hunters at all, not even the one who kills Bambi's mother. You just see how the animals see it.

Bambi II (2006)

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