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The classic Felix Salter story Bambi provides the basis for this near-perfect Disney animated feature. We follow the male deer Bambi from birth, through his early childhood experiences with woodland pals Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk, the traumatic sudden death of Bambi's mother at the hands of hunters, his courtship of the lovely doe Faline, and his rescue of his friends during a raging forest fire; we last see the mature, antlered Bambi assuming his proper place as the Prince of the Forest. In the grand Disney tradition, Bambi is brimming with unforgettable sequences, notably… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This animated feature based on Felix Salten's book about the coming of age of a fawn and his various forest friends (including the beloved Thumper) does convey some of the primal emotional power of Disney's features during this period."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"From Disney's richest period, interleaving splendid animation with vulgar Americana."
‑ , Time Out
"It's not just Bambi's mother - I'll pause while you wipe that tear - but the film's revelation that idylls don't really exist."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"It would be easy to be cynical about Bambi, the Walt Disney-produced film that launched a thousand anthropomorphic animal movies. But its pre-ironic simplicity has, in many ways, only improved with age. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Animation that couldn't seem more real, even if it were made today with motion-capture dots plastered all over a baby deer."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"For the first time, Disney has done his backgrounds in oils instead of watercolors. The result is striking."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"In colors that would surprise even the spectrum itself, Disney's cartoon craftsmen have re-created a woodland that shimmers and glows and darkens altogether magically."
‑ Theodore Strauss, New York Times
"The story, while classic in nature, is a bit thin, but Bambi is a breathtaking, jaw-dropping showcase of the ingenuity and genius of Disney animators."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Even Daryl Hall would have to admit this is one of the finest animated features committed to film, produced and packaged during Walt Disney's ballsiest years of control."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Vies only with Pinocchio as the most technically accomplished work of animation to come from the studio's Golden Age... the last gasp of a maturity and gravity that would immediately disappear from Disney's features."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The glow and texture of the Disney brush reach new heights, especially in the treatment of a summer thunderstorm and a raging snowstorm."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Feels so much more like an animation experiment than it does a movie."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Arguably Disney's greatest masterpiece, this sophisticated animation is one that continues to delight audiences of all ages"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"the animated film as pastoral poem, as beautiful a depiction of the natural world as one could imagine"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"One of the most timeless and universal coming-of-age films ever, Bambi ranks with the very greatest of Disney's classic masterpieces."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
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