Bambi (1942)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: August 21, 1942
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Elegantly animated and deeply touching, Bambi is an enduring, endearing, and moving Disney classic.

Manny Farber
The New Republic

The bogus art which has been creeping into the Disney pictures is really hammered at you in this one.

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Variety Staff

The glow and texture of the Disney brush reach new heights, especially in the treatment of a summer thunderstorm and a raging snowstorm.

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Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot

While its scarce plot may prevent it from being one of Disney's most memorable animated classics, Bambi remains an endearing and beloved film thanks to the delightful characters, the beautiful animation, and the marvelous music.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Time Out

From Disney's richest period, interleaving splendid animation with vulgar Americana.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Feels so much more like an animation experiment than it does a movie.

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TIME Magazine

For the first time, Disney has done his backgrounds in oils instead of watercolors. The result is striking.

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Theodore Strauss
New York Times

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.

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Josh Larsen

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A gorgeously animated film that may not please everyone due to its greater focus on characters and lack of a well-defined plot, but it is well-deservedly… More
Alex roy
Bambi is definitely an animated classic that is at times pretty disturbing. Well, that scene when the hunters killed Bambi's mom was, at least. This is a… More
Daniel Mumby
One of the criticisms I've often made of Steven Spielberg is that, in his 'serious' films like Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan,… More
Jim Careter
Maybe a little to serious, but without a doubt a classic. Disney is rare to ever disappoint me and here they keep their record for amazing movies. If you dont… More
Christopher Heim
A very touching and emotionally fulfilling coming-of-age story. The animation is beautiful and the music sequences are simply classic. Their are some dark… More
Keiko Aya
One of my favorite childhood movies easy and it still holds up amazingly today as it did in 1942. Bambi does truly proves to be near perfect in everyway and i… More