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Awesome / Bambi

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Sooooo...about that so-called Bambification.
  • After escaping a pack of dogs and protecting Faline from them, Bambi gets shot. He gets back up. Yes, it took his father to goad him into it, like a coach calling his champion a "bum" to get him moving, but the idea is that he gets up and still manages to outrun a forest fire.
  • "Little April Shower" may be the CMOA for the Disney animation team. Its breathtaking animation of raindrops was not matched until the computer animated storm in The Little Mermaid (1989). The scene of raindrops tracing their paths on a multitude of leaves, each animated separately with dozens upon dozens of individual tracks is jawdropping, especially when you remember each image was painstakingly drawn and painted by hand.
    • Even cooler when you realize that a bunch of the artists went camping in Baxter State Park in Maine in order to get the landscape the way they wanted it. The clearing where Bambi was born actually existed; it will have changed by now, but the spot can still be found.
  • Bambi -vs- half-feral dog pack. One... what, two-year-old stag? Against at least twenty huge, powerful dogs. (Plus, it's late spring/early summer, which means his antlers should still have been in velvet; but then his father was still in hard antler in late winter, so...) Bambi wins. And sends most of them off yelping. The ones who didn't, he lured into chasing him and then buried under a rockslide.
    • Something should be said for his entrance in that scene, too. You see Faline, who was clever enough to climb onto a mostly-inaccessible ledge, nevertheless trapped and calling for help — then Bambi comes charging out of goddamned nowhere and scatters the pack like they're puppies. He puts the fear of god into those dogs.
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  • There's a meta-example concerning Man's dogs in the original film: they were animated by a woman. Prior to this, women working at the Disney studio were all but exclusively put in the ink-and-paint department on the reasoning that they would have a fine touch appropriate for translating the animators' work from paper to cels. But when Walt Disney and some of the artists saw the work of Rhetta Scott (originally a concept artist who enjoyed sketching together with Marc Davis and Mel Shaw on their days off) on the hunting dogs, they were so impressed that they gave her the role of animating them, making Scott the first full-fledged female animator at Disney.
  • Bambi vs Ronno, especially the dynamic animation used throughout to intensify the whole thing.
  • Our first introduction to Bambi's father, watching out for him. The music helps.
    • The last time we see Bambi in the first movie - looking at his wife Faline and his newborn children from afar, atop the same cliff his father stood on at the beginning. Awesome Book-Ends indeed.


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