Trivia / Bambi

  • AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains:
    • #20 Villain, Man
  • AFI's 10 Top 10:
    • #3, Animation
  • Box Office Bomb: Only made $1.64 million on a $7 million budget. The outbreak of World War II meant it couldn't make any money internationally.
  • Cast Incest: Paula Winslowe, the voice of Bambi's mother, was married to Bambi's adult voice actor, John Sutherland, and stayed together until the former's death in 1996.
  • Cut Song: The soundtrack to the first film has an early version of "Little April Showers" called "Rain Drops".
  • Disowned Adaptation: Felix Salten conflicted with his American publisher, who made alterations to his second novel Bambi's Children for a Lighter and Softer tone (the English translation removes a lot of dark or graphic elements from the original German edit). Salten did not want his work advertised as a children's story. One can only wonder what he felt of the Disney film adaptation released two years after.
  • DVD Commentary: The 2005 DVD release of Bambi had re-enactments of the story meetings between Disney and his story men as one of the several bonus features. The movie itself played in a window on the corner while the rest of the screen showed preliminary artwork.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Peter Behn (young Thumper in the first film) was only four during the recording phase, and couldn't read the script. Instead, he mimicked the director, until each line had the vocal inflection that was needed. The loud bursts of vocalization he used to play Thumper were also completely unintentional; that was literally how he talked.
  • Genre-Killer: The film's poor box office returns, along with the studio's involvement in the war, put an end to Disney's lavish and expensive features. The studio only produced package films for a few years and their only attempt to return to this form didn't fair any better; it wouldn't be until the early 90's with the Disney Renaissance that they would go for movies with this type of punch again, although a handful of other classics came about in the meantime.
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  • No Export for You: Thanks to a little thing called World War II, Bambi originally didn't get released in Japan until 1957 and another dubbed version in 1993. However, Osamu Tezuka made a manga adaptation of the film during the 60's after getting permission from Walt himself when they met each other at the World Fair of the time.
  • Trope Namer: For Bambification. "The Bambi Effect" is also an alternate name for What Measure Is a Non-Cute?
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to the book "Mickey and the Gang: Classic Stories in Verse", a film adaptation of "Bambi's Children" was actually planned but never got beyond the early stages of development.
    • In the production of the first film, it was debated how to show the death of Bambi's mom: originally, she was to be shown collapsing into the snow after jumping over a log and hearing the sound of a shotgun, but it was decided the scene would be more effective emotionally if she was not shown.
    • Walt Disney was also eager to show Man burned to death by the fire that he inadvertently started, but this was discarded when it was decided not to show Man at all.
    • Thumper was originally named Bobo and to be a minor character. An ornery grasshopper was also planned as a supporting character at one point, but the team considered him unlikeable and merged his Grumpy Old Man persona into Friend Owl.
    • Thumper's father was planned to appear in person, though the character never gained a role outside some Disney storybooks.
    • The film was originally going to be the studio's second animated film after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but Walt's goal of animating the deer realistically proved to be more challenging than anticipated, so it was moved down the production line, and Pinocchio became their second feature instead.
    • As charted through the Making of documentary, Walt Disney went through endless brainstorms for scenes and gags consisting of, but not limited to, a Laurel and Hardy-esque squirrel and chipmunk duo (these characters appear in the final film, albeit with a very small role and only one line), the plight of a nest of ants that Bambi tramples, and Bambi swallowing a live bee that communicates to the other animals through his ears. All of these dropped as the creative team realised they had barely any bearing to the actual main plot.
    • In the mid-80s, there were plans for a spin-off film, starring Thumper.

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