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directed by David Hand
USA 1942

 

”Bambi” was born in 1926 with the publication of the book ”Bambi, ein Leben im Walde” by Austrian writer Felix Salten. Salten, who’s real name was Siegmund Salzmann, was an insurance clerk who began to write out of boredom. The inspiration for the book came during a trip to Italy, where he became fascinated by the word bambino, hence Bambi.

In 1935 Sidney Franklin acquired the rights and planned to do a live action version of the book, but dropped the project, as it proved impossible to make animals act as the book suggested. It wasn’t until he in 1937 saw “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, he realised, that animation film could do it. He then contacted Disney and offered him the book. After reading it, Disney was sold. His words were, that this was pure gold and instantly put the film into production. But being pure gold, Disney didn’t rush the production. It was carefully build up, even put aside to complete “Fantasia” and “Dumbo”. Franklin worked as a consultant on the film and was credited with a title card, “To Sidney A. Franklin, sincere appreciation for his inspiring collaboration.”

The period after “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was the most creative in the studio history. Disney constantly pushed the borders for what animation film could do and developed several groundbreaking techniques, amongst them the multiplane process, where a scene was shot thru several layers of glass to give the illusion of depth, first time used in “Pinocchio” from 1940, and new styles, as in “Fantasia”, likewise from 1940, where he sat pictures to classical music.

But with four films in production, the financing constantly had the studio on the verge of bankruptcy. On top of that, a strike slowed productions down, and then war broke out, which took away the European marked. Yet despite of this, Disney kept faith in his productions, especially “Bambi”, and managed to convince Bank of America to given him another loan. When both “Fantasia” and “Dumbo” failed at the box office, only “Bambi” could save the studio.

“Bambi” premiered August 8, 1942, in London, a daring move because of the war, and a few days later in New York. Yet despite positive reviews, it failed at the box office and didn’t return its budget. While the studio provided war effort, the future was bleak, so in order to save the studio, Disney decided to re-release the studios only success, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, in the summer of 1944. The gamble paid off and at the end of the fiscal year, the books finally had black ink in them again. This gamble would also become a Disney strategy, to re-release their films once every sixth or seventh year, for a new generation to experience them.

After the war, everything changed. In many ways had “Bambi” burned out Disney, and as the time changed, so did their productions. While Disney continued to experiment, mixing live action with animation in “Song of the South” from 1946, the spark of originality was gone, only the formula remained. As such, “Bambi” marked the end of the classic period of Disney, the studios most creative period, 1937 to 1942.

As a film, ”Bambi” notes upon perfection. On one side, it sat new standards for animation techniques and perfected them to such a degree, that they still are studied and used in animation today. Animators began to study live animals, studied their anatomy and their motorics, then to apply these to their animations, adding the human expressions. On another side, “Bambi” was the first animated film with a seriousness to it, as the story is quiet dark. Where animation films in general were gay and innocent, Disney walked away from the charming naivety of his prior films. It is in “Bambi” we for the first time experience death, as Bambi’s mother is shot by hunters. As such, “Bambi” was the first complete and mature animation film. One could no longer talk about animation experiments. It was a real motion picture.

Today ”Bambi” stands as Disney’s best and most complete film. More than 60 years old, it hasn’t aged one day, nor will ever age. It is a timeless classic and a masterpiece. It is the very definition of Disney.

 

Henrik Sylow

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Theatrical Release: August 8, 1942 (London)

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Disney (2-Disc Platinum Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Disney (2-Disc Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Disney (Diamond Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow for the Review and PAL DVD screen captures!

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Disney (Platinum)

Region 1  - NTSC

Disney

Region 2 - PAL

Disney (Diamond Edition)

Region FREE  - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:10:24 1:07:39 (4% PAL speedup) 1:13:41 / 1:09:49.509
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.97 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.24 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Disc Size: 43,451,907,151 bytes

Feature Size: 15,022,424,064 bytes

Average Bitrate: 25.37 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 1080P

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Audio English (Dolby Digital Mono - restored), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), DUBs: French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)

English (Dolby Digital Mono - restored), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)

DTS-HD High-Res Audio English 2046 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 2046 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps /
24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps
* Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps
Subtitles English (Hearing impaired), none English, and none English, Spanish, French, and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Disney

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Disc 1
• Bambi: Inside Walt Disney's story meeting (1:12:38)

• Disc 2
• The making of 'Bambi': A Prince is born (55:19)
• Restoring 'Bambi' (6:18)
• The Legacy continues: Bambi 2 (4:58)
• Disney Time Capsule: 1942 (4:45)
• Art Gallery
• Tricks of the Trade (7:32)
• Inside Disney Archives (8:56)
• The Old Mill: Silly Symphony short (8:43)
• Original Theatrical Trailer (2:28)
• Deleted Scenes: 'Bambi's first snow' and 'Winter Grass'
• Games and Activities

DVD Release Date: March 1st, 2005
Slim Keep cased inside cardboard sleeve

Chapters 25


Release Information:
Studio: Disney

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Disc 1
• Bambi: Inside Walt Disney's story meeting (1:10:29)


• Disc 2
• The making of 'Bambi': A Prince is born (53:21)
• Restoring 'Bambi' (5:58)
• The Legacy continues: Bambi 2 (4:48)
• Disney Time Capsule: 1942 (4:45)
• Art Gallery
• Tricks of the Trade (7:19)
• Inside Disney Archives (8:41)
• The Old Mill: Silly Symphony short (8:22)
• Original Theatrical Trailer (2:13)
• Deleted Scenes: 'Bambi's first snow' and 'Winter Grass'
• Games and Activities

DVD Release Date: February 14th, 2005
Double Amarey

Chapters 25

Release Information:
Studio: Disney

 

Disc Size: 43,451,907,151 bytes

Feature Size: 15,022,424,064 bytes

Average Bitrate: 25.37 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 1080P

 

Edition Details:
• Features Disney Enhanced High Definition Picture and Sound
• Disney's Second Screen - Content comes alive on your laptop, or iPad as you watch the movie.
• Disney View - 16x9 Full frame viewing experience
• Intro by Diane Disney Miller
• Inside Walt's Story Meetings - Enhanced interactive edition
• Two never-before-seen deleted scenes
• Deleted song
• Blu-ray interactive galleries
• Game: Disney Big Book of Knowledge
• Classic DVD bonus features

Second disc DVD

Blu-ray Release Date: March 1st, 2011
Standard Blu-ray case with slipcase sleeve

Chapters 25

 

Comments: NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Disney (Diamond) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - February 2011: The new Bambi Blu-ray looks very impressive. Unlike the DVDs there are no visible artefacts and the image presentation is smooth and appears beautifully rendered. Colors are heightened but I don't think unnaturally so. The DVD visuals always looked good but on by 60" system the 1080P quality is mesmerizing. Bambi looks so rich and full via the AVC transfer. It is very tight and spotless - the cleansing of the negative was up to Disney's usual high standards. Despite authentic representation on colors - of which I can't comment - this is a flawless appearance. NOTE: 'Disney View' - filling the 1.33 framing to 1:78 is an option with suitable, and changing, artwork.

 We are offered two distinct audio track options - the DTS-HD High-Res 7.1 at 2046 kbps is lively and dynamic but may vary too stridently from the flatter original for some film buffs. The orchestral score and forest effects reach the corners but in a, predictably, gentle fashion. It is crisp and super-clean - really, like the video - flawless - but it is admirable for Disney to include the 2.0 channel stereo as an option which - for some - probably represents a closer proximity to the original soundstage. There are optional subtitles on the region FREE Blu-ray disc.

Extras are fairly loaded starting with Diane Disney Miller's brief introduction to Bambi from the Walt Disney Family Museum. You can choose to watch via a “Inside Walt’s Story Meetings – Enhanced Edition” option which functions as an interactive presentation running alongside the film in opening window screens. We hear recreations of conference discussions of production ideas for Bambi - and some of it is quite interesting. We are privy to two deleted scenes through storyboards (“Two Leaves” and “Bambi and the Reed”) lasting around 5-minutes. There is also a deleted song and some Blu-ray exclusive bells and whistles including the 'Second Screen' function plus some children’s interactive knowledge games. All the extras from the DVD are also tacked on including The Making of Bambi and the 1937 Oscar-winning animated short “The Old Mill”. There are also galleries with many drawings - separated by category and also included is a standard DVD of the film.

Bambi is, for many, one of the most special Disney films. Few who have seen it as a child - forget it. As home theater fans might have anticipated Disney has maintained their usual meticulous and professional standards for their Blu-ray package. Obviously, it has never looked better for your, or your children's, viewing pleasure. Very strongly recommended! 

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ON THE DVDs: The DVDs are identical in just about every way. The PAL disc may actually be a small degree sharper. We strongly recommend the set.

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL
On disc 1, instead of an audio commentary, which I personally feel this film demands, because of its history, its production and so forth. On Disney’s Platinum edition of “Aladdin”, they included two audio commentaries, so it really is a serious point of criticism, that they didn’t add one on this. Instead, Disney included a for this DVD specially made re-enactment of a studio story meeting, running 70 minutes. Using actual recordings as source, actors comment on the film, assisted by story board versus film sequences and artwork. While it is a great and very unique feature, it is no match for a historical commentary.

Disc 2 begins with a hour long “Making of” featurette, where various animators, studio personal and some of the original personal, talk about the production and its many elements. A great and very informative program, that does the film great justice. It is broken down into six chapters and has the option of “play all”.

Next comes a serious of for this DVD produced featurettes, dealing with the restoration of the film, a visit to the Disney archives, a 1942 time capsule program, explaining the period and Disney’s history in relation to it, the art of “Bambi” and a preview of “Bambi 2”.

Following this are some original material. A for TV made featurette (aired February 13, 1957) where Disney explains tricks of the trade, as the multi-plane process. This is the full featurette, whereas only excerpts from it was included on the Special Edition Laserdisc edition. Next comes the original theatrical trailer and finally the Silly Symphony short “The Old Mill”, where Disney tried out some techniques later used in “Bambi”.

The DVD includes two deleted scenes, or more precisely two scenes dropped early on in the production. Both scenes are introduces and depicted by original artwork with voice over suggesting dialogue.

Finally the DVD has 5 games and interactive programs for the youngest viewers.

Production-wise, this DVD is not up to "Aladdin" standard, but still is a wonderful presentation, full of great material and a must have DVD.

 - Henrik Sylow and Gary W. Tooze



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