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Both the [[Disney/{{Bambi}} original Disney movie]], its [[Disney/BambiII midquel]] and their respective tie-ins are notorious for [[ArtisticLicenseBiology playing fast and loose]] with traits of the animals and their real life counterparts (and by proxy, [[Literature/{{Bambi}} their novel counterparts]], which are [[ShownTheirWork far more accurate to real life nature]], [[FranchiseOriginalSin though not void of their own liberties]])--it would be far easier to list the things they ''did'' get accurate, as these examples attest.

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Both the [[Disney/{{Bambi}} [[WesternAnimation/{{Bambi}} original Disney movie]], its [[Disney/BambiII [[WesternAnimation/BambiII midquel]] and their respective tie-ins are notorious for [[ArtisticLicenseBiology playing fast and loose]] with traits of the animals and their real life counterparts (and by proxy, [[Literature/{{Bambi}} their novel counterparts]], which are [[ShownTheirWork far more accurate to real life nature]], [[FranchiseOriginalSin though not void of their own liberties]])--it would be far easier to list the things they ''did'' get accurate, as these examples attest.


** Friend Owl, while curmudgeonly, is shown to be [[CarnivoreConfusion on friendly terms with animals]] that in real life are natural prey of the Great Horned Owl, like rabbits and, ironically, fawns.

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** * Friend Owl, while curmudgeonly, is shown to be [[CarnivoreConfusion on friendly terms with animals]] that in real life are natural prey of the Great Horned Owl, like rabbits and, ironically, fawns.



* While it seems like a cartoon invention, its been proven in several real life cases that fawns and rabbits ''do'' get along quite well in real life, both in the wild and in captivity. Theres also been at least [[https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/orphaned-skunks-kittens-raccoon-fawn-10648283 one documented case]] of a fawn getting along with little skunks.

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* While it seems like a cartoon invention, its been proven in several real life cases that fawns and rabbits ''do'' get along quite well in real life, both in the wild and in captivity. Theres There's also been at least [[https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/orphaned-skunks-kittens-raccoon-fawn-10648283 one documented case]] of a fawn getting along with little skunks.



* Also in contrast to Bambi's maternal dependency as a fawn in both films, the midquel having Bambi TookALevelInBadass, while elaborate in narrative, is accurate in terms of gaining early physical independency, with him able to fight off another fawn, and outrun a pack of hunting dogs (and fend off one with a strong kick). Deer in fact become physically strong even as fawns, with their hooves already sharp as knives.

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* Also in contrast to Bambi's maternal dependency as a fawn in both films, the midquel having Bambi TookALevelInBadass, while elaborate in narrative, is accurate in terms of gaining early physical independency, independence, with him able to fight off another fawn, fawn and outrun a pack of hunting dogs (and fend off one with a strong kick). Deer in fact become physically strong even as fawns, with their hooves already sharp as knives.



* Ronno's behaviour in the first film (trying to rape Faline and kill Bambi for getting in his way) is presented in a bad light, but [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting it's actually quite accurate to real life]] (aside from the period of mating being inaccurate), as bucks become very aggressive and territorial when in rut and will fight each other, sometimes to the death, over the right to sire a doe they've challenged each other over. And as mentioned before, real bucks are attracted to does out of instinct, not love, so the idea of a relationship like Ronno's, while aggressive and wrong in the context of human morality and the humanized morality of the movie's characters, is perfectly normal behaviour for real bucks.

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* Ronno's behaviour behavior in the first film (trying to rape Faline and kill Bambi for getting in his way) is presented in a bad light, but [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting it's actually quite accurate to real life]] (aside from the period of mating being inaccurate), as bucks become very aggressive and territorial when in rut and will fight each other, sometimes to the death, over the right to sire a doe they've challenged each other over. And as mentioned before, real bucks are attracted to does out of instinct, not love, so the idea of a relationship like Ronno's, while aggressive and wrong in the context of human morality and the humanized morality of the movie's characters, is perfectly normal behaviour for real behavior from actual bucks.


* The idea of finding Bambi a stepmother in the midquel seems [[RealityIsUnrealistic a little far-fetched and overtly humanized]], but there have been some cases in real life where a doe will adopt another doe's fawn, but this is seen more with deer in captivity than with deer in the wild. This plot point was touched upon in the original novel as well, with an elderly doe similarly looking after Bambi following his mother's death.

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* The idea of finding Bambi a stepmother in the midquel seems [[RealityIsUnrealistic a little far-fetched and overtly humanized]], but there have been some cases in real life where a doe will adopt another doe's fawn, but this is seen more with deer in captivity than with deer in the wild.wild, where its much more rare for a doe to do such a thing. This plot point was touched upon in the original novel as well, with an elderly doe similarly looking after Bambi following his mother's death.


** Bambi also keeps his spots during his first Winter and doesn't lose them until a few months into his second spring—real deer fawns lose their spots by fall (between four to six months of age) to blend into the environment for survival.
** In the midquel, Bambi and Ronno's antlers start sprouting while they're still the size of small fawns, even though antler growth usually starts when a deer is much older and bigger—however, their species tweaked aging in the films muddles this, as antler growth does begin when a fawn is 10 months to a year old, which Ronno likely is by the time Bambi meets him and Bambi most likely is at the end of the midquel, since the first film implies he was born around Spring. Also, Bambi's antlers when he's a yearling and adult are closer to the look of Mule Deer antlers than a white-tail's.

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** Bambi also keeps his spots during his first Winter and doesn't lose them until a few months into his second spring—real deer fawns lose their spots by fall autumn (between four to six months of age) to blend into the environment for survival.
** In the midquel, Bambi and Ronno's antlers start sprouting while they're still the size of small fawns, even though antler growth usually starts when a deer is much older and bigger—however, bigger. However, their species tweaked species-tweaked aging in the films muddles this, as antler growth does begin when a fawn is 10 months to a year old, which Ronno likely is by the time Bambi meets him and Bambi most likely is at the end of the midquel, since the first film implies he was born around Spring. Also, Bambi's antlers when he's a yearling and adult are closer to the look more closely resemble those of a Mule Deer antlers than a white-tail's.



** Also in the midquel (and pictured above), Bambi is depicted having upper front teeth to clench with, which is something real life white-tailed deer do not have--they have teeth on the upper jaw around (but not at) that area, hence why they chew with their cuds side to side. [[JustifiedTrope Presumably, this liberty was taken to make it easier to get expressions out of him.]]
** While real life deer do in fact bleat to communicate, Bambi's bleating in the midquel sounds closer to that of a sheep or goat's rhythmical, vibrating bleat than the honking, squeaky bleat of a real life fawn. And while a fawn's bleat can occasionally sound similar to them, they don't do that kind of bleat nearly as frequently.

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** Also in the midquel (and pictured above), Bambi is depicted having upper front teeth to clench with, which is something real life white-tailed deer do not have--they have teeth on the upper jaw around (but not at) that area, hence why they chew with their cuds side to side. [[JustifiedTrope Presumably, this liberty was taken to make it easier to get expressions out of him.]]
** While real life deer do in fact bleat to communicate, Bambi's bleating in the midquel sounds closer to that of a sheep or goat's more like the rhythmical, vibrating bleat than the of a sheep or goat instead of a real life fawn's honking, squeaky bleat of a real life fawn.bleat. And while a fawn's bleat can occasionally sound similar to them, they don't do that kind of bleat nearly as frequently.



** Both films imply that Bambi and his family have roughly the same sleeping patterns as humans and go into deep sleep, and always sleep with their eyes closed and their ears down, which is totally inaccurate. Deer, being prey animals, are ''always'' on alert, and their sleep cycles vary from the length of a cat nap to a mere half hour. Their ears are always raised to detect a threat, even while sleeping, and real deer sleep with their eyes wide open far more than with them closed. Also, real deer are more active at night than they are in the daytime, which is a period where they tend to hide and rest more, but the films show the exact opposite happening.

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** Both films imply that Bambi and his family have roughly the same sleeping patterns as humans and go into deep sleep, and always sleep with their eyes closed and their ears down, which is totally inaccurate. Deer, being prey animals, are ''always'' on alert, and their sleep cycles vary from the length of a cat nap to a mere half hour. Their ears are always raised to detect a threat, even while sleeping, and real deer sleep with their eyes wide open far more often than with them closed. Also, real deer are more active at night than they are in the daytime, which is a period where they tend to hide and rest more, but the films show the exact opposite happening.



* In the midquel, Bambi briefly submerges himself in water to hide, and its very quick and easy to dry himself off in spite of his fur. [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting Its very unlikely the fimmakers knew this]], but Deer have oil-producing glands in their skin that help make their hair water repellent, making it very easy for them to stay dry.

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* In the midquel, Bambi briefly submerges himself in water to hide, and its it's very quick and easy to dry himself off in spite of his fur. [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting Its It's very unlikely the fimmakers knew this]], but Deer have oil-producing glands in their skin that help make their hair fur water repellent, making it very easy for them to stay dry.


* The film deliberately sacrifices a piece of the novel's accuracy for the purpose of making Bambi's mother more empathetic and to make her death all that more devastating. Unlike the novel, which shows her [[ToughLove actively weaning Bambi and leaving him to fend for himself when he's only a few months old]] ([[TruthInTelevision which is accurate to how real life does raise buck fawns]]), and real does who, after several weeks, allow their fawns to choose their own bedding site some distance from them, she keeps Bambi with her all the way from spring (the film implies it's as early as April) to late winter, far longer than any real life doe would raise a buck before forcing them to become independent. This has had devastating consequences on how people see deer in real life, as it has indirectly caused hundreds of uninformed people each year to believe a lone, resting or hiding fawn has been abandoned by its mom, [[RealityIsUnrealistic even though this is perfectly natural behavior for deer]],[[note]]A doe keeps their infant fawns, which usually stay perfectly still out of instinct and as a defense mechanism or spend most of their time sleeping, hiding and cleaned of scent for their first few weeks until they're strong enough to follow her around regularly, and they go off regularly to graze (usually within hearing distance of their fawns cry) so they can nurse their fawns later. Does also rarely directly confront someone who gets near or touches their fawn, either out of fear or because they instinctively keep their distance nearby to try and draw predators away from the fawn with her sight and scent. It's also quite rare for a doe to abandon the fawn, and it usually only happens to fawns that have injuries or deformities that prevent them from nursing or keeping up with the doe[[/note]] and it often results in them being illegally fawnnapped from the does and, in worst cases, a scenario where a stolen fawn cannot be returned to its mother in time. This is often because the people don't bother delivering the fawns to a rehab, and try to raise them themselves and are either ill-equipped to do so[[note]]For starters, it's usually illegal to keep a wild animal as a pet except in special circumstances (i.e. the deer is physically incapable of surviving in the wild due to a deformity or injury, or was domesticated from birth and imprinted on humans and thus lacks the necessary survival instincts needed to survive in the wild, the owner runs an authorized wildlife rehab clinic, etc.) and even states that allow this require permits and regular inspection, and some states even require by law that orphaned or non-releaseable fawns have to be euthanized. Second, fawns are ''not'' easy to care for or ideal pets—-they're a high-maintenance animal that require expensive, frequent (they can guzzle half a dozen bottles of expensive formula in just a day) and specialized feeding due to their very sensitive stomachs (even one feeding of the wrong formula, like cow milk or baby formula, can seriously mess up their digestive system or even kill them) can carry parasites and diseases, require constant cleaning to stimulate their bowels, need lots of open space to move around in, and being instinct-driven prey animals that are alert 24/7, their biology makes it so that they're high stress animals that are very easily scared and can actually die from reckless self-inflicted injuries by repeatedly ramming themselves into things blocking their path like fences, or even worse, die from capture myopathy induced by fear or extremely stressful situations. And, they grow up very fast and can become dangerous to be around during rutting season (especially if it's a buck)[[/note]] or rear them in a way that makes them lose their wild instincts (being herd animals by nature that learn best in groups of their own, it is difficult, but not impossible, to rear a lone fawn while keeping it wild and not imprinted on humans) and thus harder or even impossible for them to safely return to the wild--which is something the original novel [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped strongly advocated against]] with the tragic story of Faline's brother Gobo.

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* The film deliberately sacrifices a piece of the novel's accuracy for the purpose of making Bambi's mother more empathetic and to make her death all that more devastating. Unlike the novel, which shows her [[ToughLove actively weaning Bambi and leaving him to fend for himself when he's only a few months old]] ([[TruthInTelevision which is accurate to how real life does raise buck fawns]]), and real does who, after several weeks, allow their fawns to choose their own bedding site some distance from them, she keeps Bambi with her all the way from spring (the film implies it's as early as April) to late winter, far longer than any real life doe would raise a buck before forcing them to become independent. This has had devastating consequences on how people see deer in real life, as it has indirectly caused hundreds of uninformed people each year to believe a lone, resting or hiding fawn has been abandoned by its mom, [[RealityIsUnrealistic even though this is perfectly natural behavior for deer]],[[note]]A doe keeps their infant fawns, which usually stay perfectly still out of instinct and as a defense mechanism or spend most of their time sleeping, hiding and cleaned of scent for their first few weeks until they're strong enough to follow her around regularly, and they go off regularly to graze (usually within hearing distance of their fawns cry) so they can nurse their fawns later. Does also rarely directly confront someone who gets near or touches their fawn, either out of fear or because they instinctively keep their distance nearby to try and draw predators away from the fawn with her sight and scent. It's also quite rare for a doe to abandon the fawn, and it usually only happens to fawns that have injuries or deformities that prevent them from nursing or keeping up with the doe[[/note]] and it often results in them being illegally fawnnapped from the does and, in worst cases, a scenario where a stolen fawn cannot be returned to its mother in time. This is often because the people don't bother delivering the fawns to a rehab, and try to raise them themselves and are either ill-equipped to do so[[note]]For starters, it's usually illegal to keep a wild animal as a pet except in special circumstances (i.e. the deer is physically incapable of surviving in the wild due to a deformity or injury, or was domesticated from birth and imprinted on humans and thus lacks the necessary survival instincts needed to survive in the wild, the owner runs an authorized wildlife rehab clinic, etc.) and even states that allow this require permits and regular inspection, and some states even require by law that orphaned or non-releaseable fawns have to be euthanized. Second, fawns are ''not'' easy to care for or ideal pets—-they're a high-maintenance animal that require expensive, frequent (they can guzzle half a dozen bottles of expensive formula in just a day) and specialized feeding due to their very sensitive stomachs (even one feeding of the wrong formula, like cow milk or baby formula, can seriously mess up their digestive system or even kill them) can carry parasites and diseases, require constant cleaning to stimulate their bowels, need lots of open space to move around in, and being instinct-driven prey animals that are alert 24/7, their biology makes it so that they're high stress animals that are very easily scared and can actually die from reckless self-inflicted injuries by repeatedly ramming themselves into things blocking their path like fences, or even worse, die from capture myopathy induced by fear or extremely stressful situations. And, they grow up very fast and can become dangerous to be around during rutting season (especially if it's a buck)[[/note]] or rear them in a way that makes them lose their wild instincts (being [[note]]being herd animals by nature that learn best in groups of their own, it is difficult, but not impossible, to rear a lone fawn while keeping it wild and not imprinted on humans) humans[[/note]] and thus harder or even impossible for them to safely return to the wild--which is something the original novel [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped strongly advocated against]] with the tragic story of Faline's brother Gobo.


* The film deliberately sacrifices a piece of the novel's accuracy for the purpose of making Bambi's mother more empathetic and to make her death all that more devastating. Unlike the novel, which shows her [[ToughLove actively weaning Bambi and leaving him to fend for himself when he's only a few months old]] ([[TruthInTelevision which is accurate to how real life does raise buck fawns]]), and real does who, after several weeks, allow their fawns to choose their own bedding site some distance from them, she keeps Bambi with her all the way from spring (the film implies its as early as April) to late winter, far longer than any real life doe would raise a buck before forcing them to become independent. This has had devastating consequences on how people see deer in real life, as it has indirectly caused hundreds of uninformed people each year to believe a lone, resting or hiding fawn has been abandoned by its mom, [[RealityIsUnrealistic even though this is perfectly natural behavior for deer]],[[note]]A doe keeps their infant fawns, which usually stay perfectly still out of instinct and as a defense mechanism or spend most of their time sleeping, hiding and cleaned of scent for their first few weeks until they're strong enough to follow her around regularly, and they go off regularly to graze (usually within hearing distance of their fawns cry) so they can nurse their fawns later. Does also rarely directly confront someone who gets near or touches their fawn, either out of fear or because they instinctively keep their distance nearby to try and draw predators away from the fawn with her sight and scent. It's also quite rare for a doe to abandon the fawn, and it usually only happens to fawns that have injuries or deformities that prevent them from nursing or keeping up with the doe[[/note]] and it often results in them being illegally fawnnapped from the does and, in worst cases, a scenario where a stolen fawn cannot be returned to its mother in time. This is often because the people don't bother delivering the fawns to a rehab, and try to raise them themselves and are either ill-equipped to do so[[note]]For starters, it's usually illegal to keep a wild animal as a pet except in special circumstances (i.e. the deer is physically incapable of surviving in the wild due to a deformity or injury, or was domesticated from birth and imprinted on humans and thus lacks the necessary survival instincts needed to survive in the wild, the owner runs an authorized wildlife rehab clinic, etc.) and even states that allow this require permits and regular inspection, and some states even require by law that orphaned or non-releaseable fawns have to be euthanized. Second, fawns are ''not'' easy to care for or ideal pets—-they're a high-maintenance animal that require expensive, frequent (they can guzzle half a dozen bottles of expensive formula in just a day) and specialized feeding due to their very sensitive stomachs (even one feeding of the wrong formula, like cow milk or baby formula, can seriously mess up their digestive system or even kill them) can carry parasites and diseases, require constant cleaning to stimulate their bowels, need lots of open space to move around in, and being instinct-driven prey animals that are alert 24/7, their biology makes it so that they're high stress animals that are very easily scared and can actually die from reckless self-inflicted injuries by repeatedly ramming themselves into things blocking their path like fences, or even worse, die from capture myopathy induced by fear or extremely stressful situations. And, they grow up very fast and can become dangerous to be around during rutting season (especially if it's a buck)[[/note]] or rear them in a way that makes them lose their wild instincts (being herd animals by nature that learn best in groups of their own, it is difficult, but not impossible, to rear a lone fawn while keeping it wild and not imprinted on humans) and thus harder or even impossible for them to safely return to the wild--which is something the original novel [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped strongly advocated against]] with the tragic story of Faline's brother Gobo.

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* The film deliberately sacrifices a piece of the novel's accuracy for the purpose of making Bambi's mother more empathetic and to make her death all that more devastating. Unlike the novel, which shows her [[ToughLove actively weaning Bambi and leaving him to fend for himself when he's only a few months old]] ([[TruthInTelevision which is accurate to how real life does raise buck fawns]]), and real does who, after several weeks, allow their fawns to choose their own bedding site some distance from them, she keeps Bambi with her all the way from spring (the film implies its it's as early as April) to late winter, far longer than any real life doe would raise a buck before forcing them to become independent. This has had devastating consequences on how people see deer in real life, as it has indirectly caused hundreds of uninformed people each year to believe a lone, resting or hiding fawn has been abandoned by its mom, [[RealityIsUnrealistic even though this is perfectly natural behavior for deer]],[[note]]A doe keeps their infant fawns, which usually stay perfectly still out of instinct and as a defense mechanism or spend most of their time sleeping, hiding and cleaned of scent for their first few weeks until they're strong enough to follow her around regularly, and they go off regularly to graze (usually within hearing distance of their fawns cry) so they can nurse their fawns later. Does also rarely directly confront someone who gets near or touches their fawn, either out of fear or because they instinctively keep their distance nearby to try and draw predators away from the fawn with her sight and scent. It's also quite rare for a doe to abandon the fawn, and it usually only happens to fawns that have injuries or deformities that prevent them from nursing or keeping up with the doe[[/note]] and it often results in them being illegally fawnnapped from the does and, in worst cases, a scenario where a stolen fawn cannot be returned to its mother in time. This is often because the people don't bother delivering the fawns to a rehab, and try to raise them themselves and are either ill-equipped to do so[[note]]For starters, it's usually illegal to keep a wild animal as a pet except in special circumstances (i.e. the deer is physically incapable of surviving in the wild due to a deformity or injury, or was domesticated from birth and imprinted on humans and thus lacks the necessary survival instincts needed to survive in the wild, the owner runs an authorized wildlife rehab clinic, etc.) and even states that allow this require permits and regular inspection, and some states even require by law that orphaned or non-releaseable fawns have to be euthanized. Second, fawns are ''not'' easy to care for or ideal pets—-they're a high-maintenance animal that require expensive, frequent (they can guzzle half a dozen bottles of expensive formula in just a day) and specialized feeding due to their very sensitive stomachs (even one feeding of the wrong formula, like cow milk or baby formula, can seriously mess up their digestive system or even kill them) can carry parasites and diseases, require constant cleaning to stimulate their bowels, need lots of open space to move around in, and being instinct-driven prey animals that are alert 24/7, their biology makes it so that they're high stress animals that are very easily scared and can actually die from reckless self-inflicted injuries by repeatedly ramming themselves into things blocking their path like fences, or even worse, die from capture myopathy induced by fear or extremely stressful situations. And, they grow up very fast and can become dangerous to be around during rutting season (especially if it's a buck)[[/note]] or rear them in a way that makes them lose their wild instincts (being herd animals by nature that learn best in groups of their own, it is difficult, but not impossible, to rear a lone fawn while keeping it wild and not imprinted on humans) and thus harder or even impossible for them to safely return to the wild--which is something the original novel [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped strongly advocated against]] with the tragic story of Faline's brother Gobo.


* The midpoint of the first film implies that the Great Prince takes care of Bambi on his own after he loses his mother, whereas in real life bucks have absolutely nothing to do with raising their fawns, abandoning their mother after mating and leaving the responsibility of raising their fawns entirely on him. Bucks have pugilistic and hormonal tendencies that preclude domesticity and a participating role as an attendant, defending or mentoring father. However, the midquel acknowledges this by making it clear that only does care for the fawns and that the Prince is basically rearing Bambi [[ResentfulGuardian out of obligation]] ([[DefrostingIceKing at first]]), and a big plot point is Friend Owl trying to find a stepmother to raise Bambi in Spring, since the harsh winter has made it so that the other does can barely feed themselves.

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* The midpoint of the first film implies that the Great Prince takes care of Bambi on his own after he loses his mother, whereas in real life bucks have absolutely nothing to do with raising their fawns, abandoning their mother after mating and leaving the responsibility of raising their fawns fawn(s) entirely on him.them. Bucks have pugilistic and hormonal tendencies that preclude domesticity and a participating role as an attendant, defending or mentoring father. However, the midquel acknowledges this by making it clear that only does care for the fawns and that the Prince is basically rearing Bambi [[ResentfulGuardian out of obligation]] ([[DefrostingIceKing at first]]), and a big plot point is Friend Owl trying to find a stepmother to raise Bambi in Spring, since the harsh winter has made it so that the other does can barely feed themselves.


* The midpoint of the first film implies that the Great Prince takes care of Bambi on his own after he loses his mother, whereas in real life bucks have absolutely nothing to do with raising their fawns. However, the midquel acknowledges this by making it clear that only does care for the fawns and that the Prince is basically rearing Bambi [[ResentfulGuardian out of obligation]] ([[DefrostingIceKing at first]]), and a big plot point is Friend Owl trying to find a stepmother to raise Bambi in Spring, since the harsh winter has made it so that the other does can barely feed themselves.

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* The midpoint of the first film implies that the Great Prince takes care of Bambi on his own after he loses his mother, whereas in real life bucks have absolutely nothing to do with raising their fawns.fawns, abandoning their mother after mating and leaving the responsibility of raising their fawns entirely on him. Bucks have pugilistic and hormonal tendencies that preclude domesticity and a participating role as an attendant, defending or mentoring father. However, the midquel acknowledges this by making it clear that only does care for the fawns and that the Prince is basically rearing Bambi [[ResentfulGuardian out of obligation]] ([[DefrostingIceKing at first]]), and a big plot point is Friend Owl trying to find a stepmother to raise Bambi in Spring, since the harsh winter has made it so that the other does can barely feed themselves.


Both the [[Disney/{{Bambi}} original Disney movie]], its [[Disney/BambiII midquel]] and their respective tie-ins are notorious for [[ArtisticLicenseBiology playing fast and loose]] with traits of the animals and their real life counterparts (and by proxy, [[Literature/{{Bambi}} their novel counterparts]], which are [[ShownTheirWork far more accurate to real life nature]], [[FranchiseOriginalSin though not void of their own liberties]])--it would be far easier to list the things they ''did'' get accurate, as these examples will attest.

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Both the [[Disney/{{Bambi}} original Disney movie]], its [[Disney/BambiII midquel]] and their respective tie-ins are notorious for [[ArtisticLicenseBiology playing fast and loose]] with traits of the animals and their real life counterparts (and by proxy, [[Literature/{{Bambi}} their novel counterparts]], which are [[ShownTheirWork far more accurate to real life nature]], [[FranchiseOriginalSin though not void of their own liberties]])--it would be far easier to list the things they ''did'' get accurate, as these examples will attest.


** When Bambi is shedding the velvet from his antlers when he's a yearling, the result is far less messy than in real life, whereas shedding velvet results in a lot of blood (which is pumped through it) being shed on the antlers.

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** When Bambi is shedding the velvet from his antlers when he's a yearling, the result is far less messy than in real life, whereas since shedding velvet results in a lot of blood (which is pumped through it) being shed on the antlers.


** When Bambi is shedding the velvet from his antlers when he's a yearling, the result is far less messy than in real life, as where shedding velvet results in a lot of blood (which is pumped through it) being shed on the antlers.

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** When Bambi is shedding the velvet from his antlers when he's a yearling, the result is far less messy than in real life, as where whereas shedding velvet results in a lot of blood (which is pumped through it) being shed on the antlers.


* The film deliberately sacrifices a piece of the novel's accuracy for the purpose of making Bambi's mother more empathetic and to make her death all that more devastating. Unlike the novel, which shows her [[ToughLove actively weaning Bambi and leaving him to fend for himself when he's only a few months old]] ([[TruthInTelevision which is accurate to how real life does raise buck fawns]]), and real does who, after several weeks, allow their fawns to choose their own bedding site some distance from them, she keeps Bambi with her all the way from spring (the film implies its as early as April) to late winter, far longer than any real life doe would raise a buck before forcing them to become independent. This has had devastating consequences on how people see deer in real life, as it has indirectly caused hundreds of uninformed people each year to believe a lone, resting or hiding fawn has been abandoned by its mom, [[RealityIsUnrealistic even though this is perfectly natural behavior for deer]][[note]]A doe keeps their infant fawns, which usually stay perfectly still out of instinct and as a defense mechanism or spend most of their time sleeping, hiding and cleaned of scent for their first few weeks until they're strong enough to follow her around regularly, and they go off regularly to graze (usually within hearing distance of their fawns cry) so they can nurse their fawns later. Does also rarely directly confront someone who gets near or touches their fawn, either out of fear or because they instinctively keep their distance nearby to try and draw predators away from the fawn with her sight and scent. It's also quite rare for a doe to abandon the fawn, and it usually only happens to fawns that have injuries or deformities that prevent them from nursing or keeping up with the doe[[/note]], and it often results in them being illegally fawnnapped from the does and, in worst cases, a scenario where a stolen fawn cannot be returned to its mother in time or the people don't bother delivering them to a rehab, being raised by people either ill-equipped to do so[[note]]For starters, it's usually illegal to keep a wild animal as a pet except in special circumstances (i.e. the deer is physically incapable of surviving in the wild due to a deformity or injury, or was domesticated from birth and imprinted on humans and thus lacks the necessary survival instincts needed to survive in the wild, the owner runs an authorized wildlife rehab clinic, etc.) and even states that allow this require permits and regular inspection, and some states even require by law that orphaned or non-releaseable fawns have to be euthanized. Second, Fawns are ''not'' easy to care for or ideal pets—-they're a high maintenance animal that require expensive, frequent (they can guzzle half a dozen bottles of expensive formula in just a day) and specialized feeding due to their very sensitive stomachs (even one feeding of the wrong formula, like cow milk or baby formula, can seriously mess up their digestive system or even kill them) can carry parasites and diseases, require constant cleaning to stimulate their bowels, need lots of open space to move around in, and being instinct-driven prey animals that are alert 24/7, their biology makes it so that they're high stress animals that are very easily scared and can actually die from reckless self-inflicted injuries by repeatedly ramming themselves into things blocking their path like fences, or even worse, die from capture myopathy induced by fear or extremely stressful situations. And, they grow up very fast and can become dangerous to be around during rutting season (especially if it's a buck)[[/note]] or reared in a way that makes them lose their wild instincts (being herd animals by nature that learn best in groups of their own, it is difficult, but not impossible, to rear a lone fawn while keeping it wild and not imprinted on humans) and thus harder or impossible for them to safely return to the wild--which is something the original novel [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped strongly advocated against]] with the tragic story of Faline's brother Gobo.

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* The film deliberately sacrifices a piece of the novel's accuracy for the purpose of making Bambi's mother more empathetic and to make her death all that more devastating. Unlike the novel, which shows her [[ToughLove actively weaning Bambi and leaving him to fend for himself when he's only a few months old]] ([[TruthInTelevision which is accurate to how real life does raise buck fawns]]), and real does who, after several weeks, allow their fawns to choose their own bedding site some distance from them, she keeps Bambi with her all the way from spring (the film implies its as early as April) to late winter, far longer than any real life doe would raise a buck before forcing them to become independent. This has had devastating consequences on how people see deer in real life, as it has indirectly caused hundreds of uninformed people each year to believe a lone, resting or hiding fawn has been abandoned by its mom, [[RealityIsUnrealistic even though this is perfectly natural behavior for deer]][[note]]A deer]],[[note]]A doe keeps their infant fawns, which usually stay perfectly still out of instinct and as a defense mechanism or spend most of their time sleeping, hiding and cleaned of scent for their first few weeks until they're strong enough to follow her around regularly, and they go off regularly to graze (usually within hearing distance of their fawns cry) so they can nurse their fawns later. Does also rarely directly confront someone who gets near or touches their fawn, either out of fear or because they instinctively keep their distance nearby to try and draw predators away from the fawn with her sight and scent. It's also quite rare for a doe to abandon the fawn, and it usually only happens to fawns that have injuries or deformities that prevent them from nursing or keeping up with the doe[[/note]], doe[[/note]] and it often results in them being illegally fawnnapped from the does and, in worst cases, a scenario where a stolen fawn cannot be returned to its mother in time or time. This is often because the people don't bother delivering them the fawns to a rehab, being raised by people and try to raise them themselves and are either ill-equipped to do so[[note]]For starters, it's usually illegal to keep a wild animal as a pet except in special circumstances (i.e. the deer is physically incapable of surviving in the wild due to a deformity or injury, or was domesticated from birth and imprinted on humans and thus lacks the necessary survival instincts needed to survive in the wild, the owner runs an authorized wildlife rehab clinic, etc.) and even states that allow this require permits and regular inspection, and some states even require by law that orphaned or non-releaseable fawns have to be euthanized. Second, Fawns fawns are ''not'' easy to care for or ideal pets—-they're a high maintenance high-maintenance animal that require expensive, frequent (they can guzzle half a dozen bottles of expensive formula in just a day) and specialized feeding due to their very sensitive stomachs (even one feeding of the wrong formula, like cow milk or baby formula, can seriously mess up their digestive system or even kill them) can carry parasites and diseases, require constant cleaning to stimulate their bowels, need lots of open space to move around in, and being instinct-driven prey animals that are alert 24/7, their biology makes it so that they're high stress animals that are very easily scared and can actually die from reckless self-inflicted injuries by repeatedly ramming themselves into things blocking their path like fences, or even worse, die from capture myopathy induced by fear or extremely stressful situations. And, they grow up very fast and can become dangerous to be around during rutting season (especially if it's a buck)[[/note]] or reared rear them in a way that makes them lose their wild instincts (being herd animals by nature that learn best in groups of their own, it is difficult, but not impossible, to rear a lone fawn while keeping it wild and not imprinted on humans) and thus harder or even impossible for them to safely return to the wild--which is something the original novel [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped strongly advocated against]] with the tragic story of Faline's brother Gobo.


* Bambi's anatomy is mostly accurate to how a white tailed deer looks and moves even when taking cartoon exaggeration into account, but there are more than a few liberties taken with his species biology and behavior:
** While Bambi does subtly age throughout his first year (most obvious when you [[http://cubbi.org/disney/images/bambi2.jpg look at one of the original model sheets]]), his aging is notably slower than that of a real life wild deer, which grow very fast and can reach a size close to that of their mothers in only six months, while Bambi stays the size of a two month old fawn all the way from winter into a few months in his second spring, and apparently doesn't reach the full size of a yearling until he's at least two years old.[[note]]The Dell Comic adaptation claims that the Spring the film cuts to after the death of his mother is the following Spring and not a later one, but the midquel [[RetCon retcons]] this into being Bambi's third spring if not later, separated by a large TimeSkip[[/note]] Bambi also keeps his spots during his first Winter and doesn't lose them until a few months into his second Spring—real deer fawns lose their spots by fall (between four to six months of age) to blend into the environment for survival.
** In the midquel, Bambi and Ronno's antlers start sprouting while they're still the size of small fawns, even though antler growth usually starts when a deer is much older and bigger—however, their species tweaked aging in the films muddles this, as antler growth does begin when a fawn is 10 months to a year old, which Ronno likely is by the time Bambi meets him and Bambi most likely is at the end of the midquel, since the first film implies he was born around Spring. Also, Bambi's antlers when he's a yearling and adult are closer to the look of Mule Deer antlers than a white tails.

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* Bambi's anatomy is mostly accurate to how a white tailed white-tailed deer looks and moves even when taking cartoon exaggeration into account, but there are more than a few liberties taken with his species biology and behavior:
** While Bambi does subtly age throughout his first year (most obvious when you [[http://cubbi.org/disney/images/bambi2.jpg look at one of the original model sheets]]), but his aging is notably slower than that of a real life wild deer, which grow very fast and can reach a size close to that of their mothers in only six months, while Bambi stays the size of a two month old fawn all the way from winter into a few months in his second spring, and apparently doesn't reach the full size of a yearling until he's at least two years old.[[note]]The Dell Comic adaptation claims that the Spring spring the film cuts to after the death of his mother is the following Spring spring and not a later one, but the midquel [[RetCon retcons]] this into being Bambi's third spring if not later, separated by a large TimeSkip[[/note]] TimeSkip[[/note]]
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Bambi also keeps his spots during his first Winter and doesn't lose them until a few months into his second Spring—real spring—real deer fawns lose their spots by fall (between four to six months of age) to blend into the environment for survival.
** In the midquel, Bambi and Ronno's antlers start sprouting while they're still the size of small fawns, even though antler growth usually starts when a deer is much older and bigger—however, their species tweaked aging in the films muddles this, as antler growth does begin when a fawn is 10 months to a year old, which Ronno likely is by the time Bambi meets him and Bambi most likely is at the end of the midquel, since the first film implies he was born around Spring. Also, Bambi's antlers when he's a yearling and adult are closer to the look of Mule Deer antlers than a white tails.white-tail's.



** Also in the midquel, its shown that Bambi has upper front teeth to clench with, which is something real life white tailed deer do not have--they have teeth on the upper jaw around (but not at) that area, hence why they chew with their cuds side to side. [[JustifiedTrope Presumably, this liberty was taken to make it easier to get expressions out of him.]]

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** Also in the midquel, its shown that midquel (and pictured above), Bambi has is depicted having upper front teeth to clench with, which is something real life white tailed white-tailed deer do not have--they have teeth on the upper jaw around (but not at) that area, hence why they chew with their cuds side to side. [[JustifiedTrope Presumably, this liberty was taken to make it easier to get expressions out of him.]]



** When Bambi is shedding the velvet from his antlers when he's a yearling, the result is far less messy than in real life, where shedding velvet results in a lot of blood (which is pumped through it) being shed on the antlers.
** Both films imply that Bambi and family have roughly the same sleeping patterns as humans and go into deep sleep, and always sleep with their eyes closed and their ears down, which is totally inaccurate. Deer, being prey animals, are ''always'' on alert, and their sleep cycles vary from the length of a cat nap to a mere half hour. Their ears are always raised to detect a threat, even while sleeping, and real deer sleep with their eyes wide open far more than with them closed. Also, real deer are more active at night than they are in the daytime, which is a period where they tend to hide and rest more, but the films show the exact opposite happening.
* The film purposefully sacrifices a piece of the novel's accuracy for the purpose of making Bambi's Mother more empathetic and to make her death all that more devastating. Unlike the novel, which shows her [[ToughLove actively weaning Bambi and leaving him to fend for himself when he's only a few months old]] ([[TruthInTelevision which is accurate to how real life does raise buck fawns]]), and real does who, after several weeks, allow their fawns to choose their own bedding site some distance from them, she keeps Bambi with her all the way from spring (the film implies its as early as April) to late winter, far longer than any real life doe would raise a buck before forcing them to become independent. This has had devastating consequences on how people see deer in real life, as it has indirectly caused hundreds of uninformed people each year to believe a lone, resting or hiding fawn has been abandoned by its mom, [[RealityIsUnrealistic even though this is perfectly natural behavior for deer]][[note]]A doe keeps their infant fawns, which usually stay perfectly still out of instinct and as a defense mechanism or spend most of their time sleeping, hiding and cleaned of scent for their first few weeks until they're strong enough to follow her around regularly, and they go off regularly to graze (usually within hearing distance of their fawns cry) so they can nurse their fawns later. Does also rarely directly confront someone who gets near or touches their fawn, either out of fear or because they instinctively keep their distance nearby to try and draw predators away from the fawn with her sight and scent. It's also quite rare for a doe to abandon the fawn, and it usually only happens to fawns that have injuries or deformities that prevent them from nursing or keeping up with the doe[[/note]], and it often results in them being illegally fawnnapped from the does and, in worst cases, a scenario where a stolen fawn cannot be returned to its mother in time or the people don't bother delivering them to a rehab, being raised by people either ill-equipped to do so[[note]]For starters, it's usually illegal to keep a wild animal as a pet except in special circumstances (i.e. the deer is physically incapable of surviving in the wild due to a deformity or injury, or was domesticated from birth and imprinted on humans and thus lacks the necessary survival instincts needed to survive in the wild, the owner runs an authorized wildlife rehab clinic, etc.) and even states that allow this require permits and regular inspection, and some states even require by law that orphaned or non-releaseable fawns have to be euthanized. Second, Fawns are ''not'' easy to care for or ideal pets—-they're a high maintenance animal that require expensive, frequent (they can guzzle half a dozen bottles of expensive formula in just a day) and specialized feeding due to their very sensitive stomachs (even one feeding of the wrong formula, like cow milk or baby formula, can seriously mess up their digestive system or even kill them) can carry parasites and diseases, require constant cleaning to stimulate their bowels, need lots of open space to move around in, and being instinct-driven prey animals that are alert 24/7, their biology makes it so that they're high stress animals that are very easily scared and can actually die from reckless self-inflicted injuries by repeatedly ramming themselves into things blocking their path like fences, or even worse, die from capture myopathy induced by fear or extremely stressful situations. And, they grow up very fast and can become dangerous to be around during rutting season (especially if it's a buck)[[/note]] or reared in a way that makes them lose their wild instincts (being herd animals by nature that learn best in groups of their own, it is difficult, but not impossible, to rear a lone fawn while keeping it wild and not imprinted on humans) and thus harder or impossible for them to safely return to the wild--which is something the original novel [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped strongly advocated against]] with the tragic story of Faline's brother Gobo.
* One of the most notorious misconceptions spread by both films is that Bambi, when several months to a year old, is still so young that he ''needs'' a parental figure to keep caring for him, which is not true at all for real life deer. In fact, evidence exists that a button buck orphaned by six months of age would actually have a ''better'' chance at surviving in the wild than one that's still with its mother. Fawns are always weaned by four months of age and capable of caring for themselves before hunting season, and, they are capable of surviving on their own without needing to nurse off their mother when as young as three (in some cases even ''two'') months old (although they'll still stick with them and even nurse off them for several months)--in fact, this is exactly ''why'' hunting seasons are scheduled as they are. This issue has caused no shortage of grief for real life hunters, wildlife conservationalists and the deer themselves, as regulated hunting is necessary and even beneficial for deer populations due to them often lacking a common predator, and the unfairly bad stigma given to hunters over this (particularly the ethical concerns over shooting a doe that still has its fawn(s) with it, which the first film had a huge hand in raising) has often caused many overpopulation problems (i.e. starvation, spreading diseases like Chronic Wasting Disease, causing property damage and car collisions in dense areas, deforestation due to an overpopulated herd eating all of the forage available, etc.) for real life deer herds. And even if a doe and its fawn(s) aren't separated by outside means, they usually spend less than a year together anyway [[note]]there are cases of a buck fawn staying with its mother for at least two years, but these are far from common [[/note]], as a doe separates from her older fawns (bucks go or are forced off to live on their own--does sometimes stay in their mothers' territory and form herds with them, but have been known to be forced away too) to give birth to new fawns the following year.

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** When Bambi is shedding the velvet from his antlers when he's a yearling, the result is far less messy than in real life, as where shedding velvet results in a lot of blood (which is pumped through it) being shed on the antlers.
** Both films imply that Bambi and his family have roughly the same sleeping patterns as humans and go into deep sleep, and always sleep with their eyes closed and their ears down, which is totally inaccurate. Deer, being prey animals, are ''always'' on alert, and their sleep cycles vary from the length of a cat nap to a mere half hour. Their ears are always raised to detect a threat, even while sleeping, and real deer sleep with their eyes wide open far more than with them closed. Also, real deer are more active at night than they are in the daytime, which is a period where they tend to hide and rest more, but the films show the exact opposite happening.
* The film purposefully deliberately sacrifices a piece of the novel's accuracy for the purpose of making Bambi's Mother mother more empathetic and to make her death all that more devastating. Unlike the novel, which shows her [[ToughLove actively weaning Bambi and leaving him to fend for himself when he's only a few months old]] ([[TruthInTelevision which is accurate to how real life does raise buck fawns]]), and real does who, after several weeks, allow their fawns to choose their own bedding site some distance from them, she keeps Bambi with her all the way from spring (the film implies its as early as April) to late winter, far longer than any real life doe would raise a buck before forcing them to become independent. This has had devastating consequences on how people see deer in real life, as it has indirectly caused hundreds of uninformed people each year to believe a lone, resting or hiding fawn has been abandoned by its mom, [[RealityIsUnrealistic even though this is perfectly natural behavior for deer]][[note]]A doe keeps their infant fawns, which usually stay perfectly still out of instinct and as a defense mechanism or spend most of their time sleeping, hiding and cleaned of scent for their first few weeks until they're strong enough to follow her around regularly, and they go off regularly to graze (usually within hearing distance of their fawns cry) so they can nurse their fawns later. Does also rarely directly confront someone who gets near or touches their fawn, either out of fear or because they instinctively keep their distance nearby to try and draw predators away from the fawn with her sight and scent. It's also quite rare for a doe to abandon the fawn, and it usually only happens to fawns that have injuries or deformities that prevent them from nursing or keeping up with the doe[[/note]], and it often results in them being illegally fawnnapped from the does and, in worst cases, a scenario where a stolen fawn cannot be returned to its mother in time or the people don't bother delivering them to a rehab, being raised by people either ill-equipped to do so[[note]]For starters, it's usually illegal to keep a wild animal as a pet except in special circumstances (i.e. the deer is physically incapable of surviving in the wild due to a deformity or injury, or was domesticated from birth and imprinted on humans and thus lacks the necessary survival instincts needed to survive in the wild, the owner runs an authorized wildlife rehab clinic, etc.) and even states that allow this require permits and regular inspection, and some states even require by law that orphaned or non-releaseable fawns have to be euthanized. Second, Fawns are ''not'' easy to care for or ideal pets—-they're a high maintenance animal that require expensive, frequent (they can guzzle half a dozen bottles of expensive formula in just a day) and specialized feeding due to their very sensitive stomachs (even one feeding of the wrong formula, like cow milk or baby formula, can seriously mess up their digestive system or even kill them) can carry parasites and diseases, require constant cleaning to stimulate their bowels, need lots of open space to move around in, and being instinct-driven prey animals that are alert 24/7, their biology makes it so that they're high stress animals that are very easily scared and can actually die from reckless self-inflicted injuries by repeatedly ramming themselves into things blocking their path like fences, or even worse, die from capture myopathy induced by fear or extremely stressful situations. And, they grow up very fast and can become dangerous to be around during rutting season (especially if it's a buck)[[/note]] or reared in a way that makes them lose their wild instincts (being herd animals by nature that learn best in groups of their own, it is difficult, but not impossible, to rear a lone fawn while keeping it wild and not imprinted on humans) and thus harder or impossible for them to safely return to the wild--which is something the original novel [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped strongly advocated against]] with the tragic story of Faline's brother Gobo.
* One of the most notorious misconceptions spread by both films is that Bambi, when several months to a year old, is still so young that he ''needs'' a parental figure to keep caring for him, which is not true at all for real life deer. In fact, evidence exists that a button buck orphaned by six months of age would actually have a ''better'' chance at surviving in the wild than one that's still with its mother. Fawns are always weaned by four months of age and capable of caring for themselves before hunting season, and, they are capable of and surviving on their own without needing to nurse off their mother when as young as three (in some cases even ''two'') months old (although they'll still stick with them and even nurse off them for several months)--in fact, this is exactly ''why'' hunting seasons are scheduled as they are. This issue has caused no shortage of grief for real life hunters, wildlife conservationalists and the deer themselves, as regulated hunting is necessary and even beneficial for deer populations due to them often lacking a common predator, and the unfairly bad stigma given to hunters over this (particularly the ethical concerns over shooting a doe that still has its fawn(s) with it, which the first film had a huge hand in raising) has often caused many overpopulation problems (i.e. starvation, spreading diseases illnesses like Chronic Wasting Disease, causing property damage and car collisions in dense areas, deforestation due to an overpopulated herd eating all of the forage available, etc.) for real life deer herds. And even if a doe and its fawn(s) aren't separated by outside means, they usually spend less than a year together anyway [[note]]there are cases of a buck fawn staying with its mother for at least two years, but these are far from common [[/note]], as a doe separates from her older fawns (bucks go or are forced off to live on their own--does sometimes stay in their mothers' territory and form herds with them, but have been known to be forced away too) to give birth to new fawns the following year.



* In the midquel, Bucks are shown challenging each other and marking their territory by scraping off tree bark with their antlers during Spring (and for a brief moment during winter in a long distance shot early in the film), whereas real bucks do that during mating season.

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* In the midquel, Bucks bucks are shown challenging each other and marking their territory by scraping off tree bark with their antlers during Spring spring (and for a brief moment during winter in a long distance shot early in the film), whereas real bucks do that during mating season.



** Also in the midquel, Flower's smelly musk is presented as a foul smelling green mist typical of cartoon skunks, as opposed to the stinky liquid spray it would be in real life. However, it does keep accurate to the fact that Flower has to let out his musk himself as a defence mechanism, unlike most cartoon {{Smelly Skunk}}s who just have a perpetual odor.

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** Also in the midquel, Flower's smelly musk is presented as a foul smelling green mist typical of cartoon skunks, as opposed to the stinky liquid spray it would be in real life. However, it does keep accurate to the fact that Flower has to let out his the musk himself as a defence defense mechanism, unlike most cartoon {{Smelly Skunk}}s who just have a perpetual odor.



* The movement of the hunting dogs in the first film was intentionally made inaccurate by basing their movements on that of a panther instead of a dog's [[RuleOfScary to make them scarier.]] The midquel does away with this by making their movements more accurate to how a hunting dog moves.

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* The movement of the hunting dogs in the first film was intentionally made inaccurate by basing their movements on that of a panther instead of a dog's dog [[RuleOfScary to make them scarier.]] The midquel does away with this by making their movements more accurate to how a hunting dog moves.


Both the [[Disney/{{Bambi}} original Disney movie]], its [[Disney/BambiII midquel]] and their respective tie-ins are notorious for [[ArtisticLicenseBiology playing fast and loose]] with traits of the animals and their real life counterparts (and by proxy, [[Literature/{{Bambi}} their novel counterparts]], which are [[ShownTheirWork far more accurate to real life nature]], [[FranchiseOriginalSin though not void of their own liberties]])--it would be far easier to list the things they ''did'' get accurate, as these examples attest.

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Both the [[Disney/{{Bambi}} original Disney movie]], its [[Disney/BambiII midquel]] and their respective tie-ins are notorious for [[ArtisticLicenseBiology playing fast and loose]] with traits of the animals and their real life counterparts (and by proxy, [[Literature/{{Bambi}} their novel counterparts]], which are [[ShownTheirWork far more accurate to real life nature]], [[FranchiseOriginalSin though not void of their own liberties]])--it would be far easier to list the things they ''did'' get accurate, as these examples will attest.


* Bambi and Faline having near-identical character designs as fawns is another case of TruthInTelevision, as it is ''extremely'' difficult to determine a fawns gender at a glance, to the extent that even expert methods of determining them arent always certain to work.
* Ronno's behaviour in the first film (trying to rape Faline and kill Bambi for getting in his way) is presented in a bad light, but [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting it's actually quite accurate to real life]] (aside from the period of mating being inaccurate), as bucks become very aggressive and territorial when in rut and will fight each other, sometimes to the death, over the right to sire a doe they've challenged each other over. And as mentioned before, real bucks are attracted to does out of instinct, not love, so the idea of a relationship like Ronno's, while aggressive and wrong in the context of human morality and the humanized morality of the movies characters, is perfectly normal behaviour for real bucks.

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* Bambi and Faline having near-identical character designs as fawns is another case of TruthInTelevision, as it is ''extremely'' difficult to determine a fawns gender at a glance, to the extent that even expert methods of determining them arent aren't always certain to work.
* Ronno's behaviour in the first film (trying to rape Faline and kill Bambi for getting in his way) is presented in a bad light, but [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting it's actually quite accurate to real life]] (aside from the period of mating being inaccurate), as bucks become very aggressive and territorial when in rut and will fight each other, sometimes to the death, over the right to sire a doe they've challenged each other over. And as mentioned before, real bucks are attracted to does out of instinct, not love, so the idea of a relationship like Ronno's, while aggressive and wrong in the context of human morality and the humanized morality of the movies movie's characters, is perfectly normal behaviour for real bucks.

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