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Bambi (1942)

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Bambi Overview

It’s spring, and all the animals of the forest are excited by the forest’s latest birth, a fawn his mother has named Bambi. The animals are more excited than usual as Bambi’s lineage means he will inherit the title of prince of the forest.

Along with his mother, Bambi navigates through life with the help of his friends, Thumper, a bunny, and Flower, a skunk kit who likes his name.

Bambi Trailer & Clips

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Movie Details

  • Release Date: August 13, 1942
  • Director: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright, Arthur Davis, Clyde Geronimi
  • Run Time: 1h 10min
  • Writers: Felix Salten, Perce Pearce, Larry Morey, Vernon Stallings, Mel Shaw, Carl Fallberg, Chuck Couch, Ralph Wright

Bambi Cast and Characters

  • Hardie Albright – Adolescent Bambi
  • Stan Alexander – Young Flower
  • Peter Behn – Young Thumper
  • Thelma Boardman – Girl Bunny, Quail Mother, Female Pheasant
  • Marion Darlington
  • Tim Davis – Adolescent Thumper, Adolescent Flower
  • Donnie Dunagan – Young Bambi
  • Sam Edwards – Audlt Thumper
  • Ann Gillis – Adult Faline
  • Otis Harlan – Mr. Mole
  • Eddie Holden – Chipmunk
  • Sterling Holloway – Adult Flower
  • Cammie King Conlon – Young Faline
  • Mary Lansing – Aunt Ena, Mrs. Possum
  • Margaret Lee – Thumper’s Mother
  • Clarence Nash – Bullfrog
  • Fred Shields – Great Prince of the Forest
  • Paula Winslowe – Bambi’s Mother, Pheasant
  • Will Wright – Friend Owl

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Bambi Quotes

Eating greens is a special treat, It makes long ears and great big feet. But it sure is awful stuff to eat. I made that last part up myself.”
Thumper
“Everyone respects him. For of all the deer in the forest, not one has lived half so long. He’s very brave and very wise. That’s why he’s known as the Great Prince of the Forest.”
Bambi’s Mother
“It is Man. He is here again. There are many this time. We must go deep into the forest. Hurry! Follow me!”
Great Prince of the Forest

Bambi Games & Apps

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Disney Coloring World App

In Disney Coloring World, kids get creative with their favorite Disney and Pixar characters – and there are hundreds to choose from!

Explore an ever-expanding universe of over 1000 stickers; from Mickey and Minnie Mouse to Frozen’s Anna and Elsa, from the cast of the Lion King and Toy Story to an array of heroines, heroes, princesses, side-kicks, villains and so many more. App Store for iPhone and iPad. Google Play Store.

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Bambi Plot Summary

Bambi Plot Summary The movie shows the forests as the setting, featuring the tall trees, waterfalls, streams, and birds chirping as the film runs. It quickly progresses from the gray background to a sunny one featuring various animals resting on a tree.

It also shows the daily routines of other woodland creatures such as rabbits, woodpeckers, mice, and squirrels. Suddenly, all woodland creatures run in a hurry for something, which is revealed to be the birth of who they call “little Prince,” or Bambi.

The animals gather to greet Bambi and his Mother and watch as he wakes up and stands up for the first time. After Bambi makes his first steps and sounds, the animals decide to go back to their own business and let him sleep and rest.

Bambi and Thumper meeting some fluttering blue and yellow birds

The following day, animals find Bambi and his mother taking a stroll around the forest and rush to greet him. Every animal they encounter greets him using the name “young prince” throughout their walk.

Bambi stumbles and manages to get back again, now prancing with the rabbits throughout the forest. He introduces himself as Thumper, and they become friends, then continue hopping around.

Bambi says his first word, which is birds. He then chases a butterfly, to which he learns how to call and continues to learn new words as they roam around in the forest. As the movie progresses, the sunny weather is replaced with a rainy one.

Bambi looking up at a family of possums hanging upside down from a tree branch

Together with his mother, they snuggle to keep warm until the rhythm caused by the raindrops awakens Bambi. Once again, various woodland animals are shown seeking shelter from the rain as the rain becomes stronger, thunder and lightning shock and scare Bambi.

The following day, the weather becomes well again, and Bambi and his Mother walk towards the meadow. As they move towards the field, an excited Bambi rushes toward it but is blocked by his mother.

He is warned that running towards the meadow is dangerous as it exposes them and makes them vulnerable to harm. Once the safety of the meadow is ensured, Bambi’s Mother calls him out to prance around and play in the field.

Bambi looking back at a butterfly that landed on his tail

He is again greeted by Thumper, who encourages him to eat the blossoms. He also meets a frog which he follows towards the stream where he meets a buck fawn called Faline. They are introduced to each other by their Mothers, with a hesitant and shy Bambi initially hiding under his mother.

As Bambi says hello, an excited Faline playfully prances around him, causing him to fall over and stumble into a nearby puddle. Bambi then chases after her, and the two start playing together.

While playing around, they come across the meadow part where many adult deers run around. Bambi mimics them and eventually runs in their direction but suddenly finds himself in the middle of all the deers at a halt.

Bambi, Thumper, and the skunk he calls Flower at a flower patch

He meets a large deer revealed when all the deer are halted. He walks close to Bambi, looks at him, and immediately walks away. Shocked and curious, Bambi tells his mother about what happened, to which his mother explains that the reason all the deer stopped was that they respected the giant deer.

She also reveals that he is known as the great prince of the forest. No other deer has come close to his age, and he is the bravest and wisest among them. The great prince of the forest is alone near the waterfall, where he notices trouble nearing.

As he alerts all the deer in the meadow, it causes everyone to rush in panic, and Bambi loses his mother. The sound of a gunshot is heard. Fortunately, the great prince leads Bambi and his mother to safety.

Bambi sleeping next to his mother side on the ground

Once safe, Bambi’s Mother assures him that they can come out, and a curious Bambi asks why everyone started running. It was explained that the man was in the forest, posing a great danger to everyone.

After that incident, a curious Bambi experiences snow for the first time. Thumper goes out to play with him in the frozen water, and both enjoy gliding on the ice. Whenever Bambi stumbles, Thumper helps him get back on his feet, and both continue to have a great time.

They also wake up Flower, the skunk, to invite him to play with them, but she explains that he is hibernating. The deer scavenge for food and a warm place to sleep during the blizzard. The next thing they know, it’s spring again.

Bambi and Thumper on the ice with Bambi laying down with his arms spread wide after a fall

Bambi and his Mother eat the first grass from spring, but his mother notices danger near them. She immediately tells Bambi to start running fast, and a gunshot is heard. Bambi returns safely to their shelter, but his mother doesn’t.

As he looks for his mother in the snow, Bambi encounters the great prince of the forest, who tells him that his mother cannot be with him anymore. He tells Bambi to come with him.

As spring starts, all woodland creatures sing to celebrate the new season. The old owl quiets them for a while, only to continue singing again. As the owl looks for a quiet place to perch, he encounters Bambi all grown up.

Thumper meeting his soon to be girlfriend

After a long time, it was the first time he came back to visit the woodland. Both Thumper and Flower greet him, all grown up and missing him too. They encounter two birds mating and curiously ask why they behave that way.

The old owl explains that it happens to everyone and describes how it happens and how it feels. The three friends firmly deny that it would happen to them, only for them to experience it, starting with Flower.

Thumper experiences it next as they walk by the tree and encounter a female rabbit. As Bambi drinks water from the stream, he meets Faline and experiences what the old owl described as love.

Bambi and Faline all grown up standing tall together on a big rock looking over the land

Another deer already has his eyes on Faline and the two fight against each other to his surprise. Bambi wins and walks away with Faline. Bambi and the great prince of the forest talk about men near them and the immediate need to move deeper into the forest.

As everyone runs and panics, Bambi and Faline lose each other, and the animals seek shelter from men holding a gun and shooting them. Hunting dogs chase Faline, and as she is cornered, Bambi hears her and rushes to her rescue.

The men set the forest on fire, and the animals struggle to survive. An unconscious Bambi is woken up by the great prince of the forest and is assisted towards safety. They run for their lives as the fire spreads, and they survive.

As they find their new sanctuary, Bambi and Faline reunite, and everyone starts anew.

Bambi Movies List

  • Bambi (1942)
  • Bambi II (2006)
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Brandon established Featured Animation in 2006 to celebrate animated movies. His favorite animated movies include Finding Nemo, Aladdin, and The Lion King. Find out more about me and my movie journey, About Featured Animation.