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.
  • 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 CD has an early version of "Little April Showers" called "Rain Drops".
  • 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:
    • 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.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Several of the creative team who worked on Bambi II stated this disposition in the "Making Of" documentary. Patrick Stewart, an acclaimed theatrical actor, claimed there was nothing emotionally intense than Bambi.
  • Sequel Gap: The midquel was released 64 years after the first film—breaking the record of the longest sequel gap!
  • 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 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.
    • 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.
  • Working Title: Bambi II was initially titled Bambi and The Great Prince during early stages of production, and even lengthened to Bambi and the Great Prince of the Forest in later stages.
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