- The death of Bambi's mother is perhaps the most iconic tear-jerker scene in Western Animation. It traumatized a lot of children and jokes about the scene are often met with cries of "Dude, Not Funny!". Steven Spielberg even recalled in his childhood waking up in the middle of the night and going to his parents' room to check if they were both still alive.
Great Prince of the Forest: Your mother can't be with you anymore. Come. My son.
- Basically almost every scene with Bambi's mother in general come off as this, but only if you know what's coming.
- The build up is agonising to sit through. We hear the chilling shot and see Bambi make it to the den. He calls out relieved to his mother...only to realise she isn't there. The film drags on for almost a full minute of Bambi searching for her, with him audibly sobbing by the time the Great Prince finds him and breaks the news. A chilling moment of silence occurs as the realisation hits Bambi, and a Single Tear is shed as the somber music rises again.
- Something that makes it more heartbreaking but is almost never talked about: in the DVD bonus features, itís pointed out this is the only scene where the music stops. Considering how almost the entire movie has only a few seconds of silence, it speaks volumes about that scene that itís the only one with more then a few seconds of silence.
- The midquel adds to the heartbreak in hindsight, by establishing that Bambi and even the Great Prince suffered heavy emotional scars from losing her for quite a while.
- Besides the death of Bambi's mother, there's also the scene where some pheasants try to hide from Man in the grass. One of them, despite the others' worried warnings, lets panic get the best of her and flies off sobbing hysterically that she "can't stand it any longer." All the others can do is sadly watch her get shot and fall from the sky, dead. Made worse if you know that this is how you hunt pheasants; slooooooowly walk around where you think they are until they panic and fly for it.
- What arguably makes it even worse is that Man, who is treated as one of the biggest dangers the forest animals will ever face, likely never spared a second thought to what kind of impact he makes. While hunters in cartoons are usually portrayed as assholes who just kill because they enjoy it, the hunter(s) in this movie never appear onscreen, and probably fall under Obliviously Evil rather than Egomaniac Hunter.
- Unless you take Who Framed Roger Rabbit into account, in which it's revealed that Judge Doom is the hunter.
- A meta example, just prior to the film's release, Frank Churchill, who composed the soundtrack for the film and many other Disney animations, committed suicide in his home. It was often believed Churchill had become depressed over his contention with Walt Disney over his work on the movie, along with two close friends in Disney's orchestra passing away earlier.