Did you know Bambi was released in 1942 during World War II and took over five years to make due to its exquisite hand-drawn artwork and attention to detail? The timeless tale features an adorable young deer named Bambi who explores the wonders and challenges of the woods with his playful pal Thumper, the lovable skunk Flower, and wise Friend Owl – and ultimately fulfills his destiny as prince of the forest.
Bambi, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, joins the Collection on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on May 23, and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on June 6. The Collection release includes a variety of new bonus material, including recordings of Walt Disney discussing the challenges and triumphs during the production of Bambi; deleted scenes and characters; stories and effects that Bambi had on the Studio, other films and artists; and much, much more. Additionally, the Digital HD release includes an exclusive, heartfelt feature on the incredible artist, Tyrus Wong, who inspired the film’s soft watercolor backgrounds and beautiful palette.
Review – Bonus Material!
With Bambi being available for the past 75 years, I would gather that just about everyone has either seen it or has heard the gist of the storyline – so, let’s jump into the bonus material! Here’s what’s brand new on the Blu-Ray & Digital HD Signature Collections:
- THE BAMBI EFFECT – “Bambi” was full of innovations for its time. Let’s take a look at how those past innovations affected future Disney animated titles all the way up to today:
- STUDIO STORIES: “BAMBI” – Recordings of Walt Disney. Listen in on intimate moments where he discusses the challenges, pitfalls and triumphs during the production of “Bambi.”
- DELETED SCENE: BAMBI’S ICE AND SNOW – Bambi coaxes Thumper and his brothers and sisters to come play on the ice during the first snow.
- DELETED SCENE: THE GRASSHOPPER – A grasshopper confrontsBambi and Thumper and finds himself in quite a predicament:
- BAMBI FAWN FACTS – Think you know everything there is to know about Bambi and his forest companions? Well, it’s time to discover some fun real-life facts about the creatures that live in the forest he calls home.
- OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT: “AFRICA BEFORE DARK” – Oswald Short.
- CELEBRATING TYRUS WONG (DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE) – A heartfelt look at the man who played a key role in the success of “Bambi.” Much like Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle, Tyrus Wong had a unique signature style all to his own. The soft water-colored backgrounds and beautiful palettes in “Bambi” were inspired by Tyrus’ concept art paintings.
Bambi brings out a whole historical piece that Disney fans love to look back on. Check out these clips that showcase the detail in artwork that went into Bambi, the animation techniques and animation research that went into creating Bambi and listen to the personal story from Walt on his daughter Diane’s reaction to Bambi:
Walt & Diane
Disney’s Bambi, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection and releases to DVD & Blu-Ray on June 6th, 2017.
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