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, which may not sound like much, but the outbreak of World War II meant it couldn't make any money internationally, resulting in a meager profit.
  • Cut Song: The CD has an early version of "Little April Showers" called "Rain Drops".
  • 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 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, although a handful of other classics came about in the meantime.
  • Image Source: For Bambification and First Snow.
  • No Export for You:
    • Surprisingly, the original novel got a direct sequel called Bambi's Children...that was never released or translated in America. However, back in Bambi's heyday, Disney did complete and publish a comic book adaptation of Bambi's Children.
    • Interestingly, the modern Bambi II happened to be released theatrically overseas, but in the US it was a direct to video release, for whatever reason.
    • Also, 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.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Patrick Stewart voices the Great Prince with his natural British accent in Bambi II.
  • Periphery Demographic: Its well documented that his film was popular with, of all things, men shipping out to fight in World War II. Pictures of the characters were common as the nose art of planes and tanks. A few munition factories even Stamped a pictures of Thumper to blockbuster bombs.
  • Trope Namer: For Bambification.
  • 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.
    • The later released midquel Bambi II was to be titled Bambi And The Great Prince Of The Forest in early stages.
    • In the production of the first film it was debated how to show the death of Bambi's mom- originally there was scene where we would see her body collapse as she jumped over a log, after hearing the sound of a shotgun, but it was decided the scene would be more effective emotionally if we don't actually see her die. 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's father was planned to appear in person, but that didn't make it into the final film.
    • In the mid-80s, there were plans for a spin-off film, starring Thumper.
  • A list of the various wildlife that make an appearance: deer, quail, owl, possum, gopher, rabbit, raccoon, beaver, skunk, mouse, blue bird, yellow bird, red bird, chipmunk, squirrel, butterfly, duck, pheasant, frog, crow, beaver, mole, humming bird, blue jay, robin and dove.
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