YMMV / Bambi

  • Adaptation Displacement: It's rather strange that few people know it was based on a book since it mentions in the opening credits that the movie was based on Felix Salten's story... Not only that, it's a serious, gritty book. Most people, though, would assume that it's a pop-up book or something. The poster for the movie was a picture of the book.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The hunter. A bloodthirsty Evil Poacher who hunts for the fun of killing animals, an ordinary sport hunter with no evil intent (less likely, given how it was and is illegal to shoot deer out of season), or just a poor, hungry man desperate to fill the cooking pot?
    • We never see them so...maybe it's not even a man?
  • Awesome Art:
    • This was one of the first Disney movies to have animals (in this case, deer) brought to the studio for the artists to closely reference for more accurate depictions of their movement, as opposed to the deer in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which look like flour sacks with long legsnote . The result is easily one of the most beautiful films Disney ever made.
    • The midquel had a surprisingly large budget for most DTV fare (enough to gain a theatrical release in several regions), resulting in animation and visuals that can almost match the original. Having Andreas Deja supervise certainly helped.
  • Awesome Music: A killer combo of Frank Churchill's unforgettable songs and Edward Plumb's mantovani cue filled score results in Bambi having a very memorable soundtrack.
    • "Love is a song that never ends", the theme of the first film. It even pops up as an instrumental leitmotif in the midquel.
    • "I Bring You A Song", the love theme between Bambi and Faline.
  • Badass Decay: Depends on your opinion. Either the midquel did a pretty good job of doing this to the formerly solemn and dignified Great Prince, or it makes him more badass by boosting his Papa Wolf tendencies and having him directly take on a pack of vicious hunting dogs to save his son, all the while voiced by Patrick Stewart this time round.
  • Ear Worm: "Drip drip drop, little April showers..."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Thumper got his own merchandise line.
    • Same goes for Miss Bunny who also have her own merchandise line in Japan especially at Tokyo Disneyland.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Ronno. Especially in Bambi II.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: In the original novel, Bambi learns that he must live all alone to live long and safe. He learns this one from the (supposedly) wise Great Prince, of all deer.
  • Faux Symbolism:
    • The scene where Bambi goes with his father after learning about his mother's death symbolizes the end of his childhood and innocence. This was exactly what Disney was going for with that scene.
    • It was revealed in the "Making of Bambi II" that the butterflies seen in Bambi's dream sequence and at the end of the movie are meant to symbolize Bambi's love for his mother in the former and his father in the latter. D'awww.
  • Foe Yay: In Bambi II. If you mute the audio, it often looks as if Ronno is hitting on Bambi.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The cream-colored rabbit named Miss Bunny who Thumper falls in love with is surprisingly popular in Japan. With tons of merchandise featuring her.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: in 2002, Saturday Night Live TV Funhouse lampooned Disney's infamous direct to video sequels by having a skit about "Bambi 2002". Fast forward to 2006, and Disney would release a direct to video Bambi follow up (albeit a midquel, not a sequel). In a later skit, they acknowledged the midquel along with their Bambi 2002;
    "Bambi II is going into the Disney Vault. After just 70 days on sale, the glorious Bambi II goes into the Disney Vault for 10 years along with Cinderella II, Bambi 2002, Sleeping Beauty III: Lil' Sleepy Meets Aladdin, Hunchback VI: Air Dog Quasi, Mulan VIII: The Prozoids Strike Back, Jungle Book 3.0: Jungle Blog, and 101 Felations."
  • Ho Yay: Between Bambi and Flower when they were little. They even have a Meet Cute, for god's sake, as explained by Unshaved Mouse here. Flower even named his child after Bambi, the guy he, as far as we know, only shared two scenes with.
  • It Was His Sled: Bambi's mother dies.
  • Mainstream Obscurity: While everyone knows about the above death, very few have actually watched the movie.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Thumper's "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all," line is used a lot nowadays, for obvious reasons.
    • Within the studio, the line "Man is in the forest" became a tongue-in-cheek code amongst the animators for when Walt Disney was coming by to look at their work.
  • Narm Charm: The child voice actors aren't the best actors, but their performances are certainly cute.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Ronno in the original film. He comes literally out of nowhere, has no dialogue, no real characterization and isn't even named, and only has a couple minutes of screen time—but what a scene it is!
    • Also, the poor bird that gets frightened out of her hiding spot when the hunters arrive, pretty much for the same reason.
    • The scene where the cream-colored rabbit flirts with Thumper. While both return in the ending, the rabbit named Miss Bunny is surprisingly popular in Japan and despite only being in a short scene.
  • Midquelitis / So Okay, It's Average: While Bambi II is considered among the better Disney sequels, few consider it to be as good as the original movie and it is usually seen as average at best. The main complaints stem from that it either adds too little new to the Bambi universe, or the changes it did make (I.e. Playing up contemporary humor, humanizing the characters personalities and using pop songs) were not for the better.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Disney using the trope at its most extreme. The midquel, with more humanized characterizations and 'zanier' humor, is toned down slightly, though it's hardly even close to a subversion. This is considered the draw appeal to many fans.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Like you cannot even imagine. It can be especially easy to miss the single reference to Flower's gender early on. And then puberty kicks in, and their genders are much more obvious.
    • Lampshaded by Ronno in the Midquel:
      Ronno: Bambi? Isn't that a girl's name?
    • There is the picture book of the Disney movie that actually called Flower a female, and made "her" a ''mother''!
  • Vindicated by History: Thanks to extremely mixed reception from critics of the time period, and the war going on at the time, Bambi, along with Fantasia and Pinocchio before it, was a huge box office flop when it first unspooled in theaters. Nowadays, it's one of Disney's most financially successful and critically well received movies.
  • Wangst: Bambi has this moment in Bambi II when he discovers his father was planning to send him off to live with another doe. And this is after they actually began to develop a bond with each other! And why? All because it's ''what a prince would do.'' It actually gets Bambi so upset that he tells his dad:
    Bambi: I wish Mother was here instead of YOU!
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • Bambi had more multiplane camera shots than any other film in Disney's history, and they are used to stunning effect, especially during the final shot of the opening, the "Little April Showers" sequence, and the ending. And then there's the painstakingly elaborate effects animation of the climatic forest fire...
    • The midquel also set itself apart from most Disney sequel fare by having an impressive animation budget. Some of the forest shots are as lush as the original film and some impressively animated panning shots are used.