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 Thumper: Whatcha gonna call him?

Bambi's Mother: Well...I think I'll call him...Bambi.

Thumper: Bambi...Yep, I guess it sounds alright.

Bambi's Mother: Bambi...My little Bambi...

Beautiful!

Adventure filled!

Magnificent!

Bewitching!

Incomparable!

Released in 1942, Bambi is the fifth movie in the Disney Animated Canon, based on a novel by Austrian author Felix Salten.

The movie is a Coming of Age Story that follows the titular character, a young white-tailed deer, from birth to adulthood in the forests of Maine (we think, see below). It is one of Disney's most downright gorgeous films, with art and effects that are still amazing today and mind-blowing for their time. To this day the film holds a solid 91% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It is said to be Walt Disney's personal favorite of all the films on which he personally worked.

A Direct to Video Midquel, Bambi II, was released in 2006, a whole 64 years after the original. It focuses on the period of Bambi's life immediately following his mother's death. Apparently this was a more interesting story to tell than the book's actual sequel, which had already been adapted by Disney into a comic. (Said comic has long since been out of print and is now a highly sought after collector's item.)

While Bambi II was much better received than typical direct to video fare (to the point where it's actually considered genuinely enjoyable ) it barely manages to hold a measly 57% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a sharp contrast from its precursor which it has inevitably been compared to by critics.

There is a spin off series of books centred around Thumper's family when he was a baby. It's called "Disney Bunnies".

Trope Namers of Bambification.

No relation to Bambi and her Pink Gun and Tokyo Bambi, by the way.

Now has a character sheet.



Tropes the original novel provides examples of

  • An Aesop: Faline's brother Gobo (who is exclusive to the novel) appears to have been killed by a hunter in the same winter Bambi's mother died only to return some time later as a full grown deer, and it turns out a human family had saved his life. (He was dying of starvation by the time he was taken away.) But as a result he had lost his fear of humans. The next time the hunters came to the woods, Gobo was the first to go. This is basically Felix Salten's commentary on keeping wild animals like deer as pets.


Tropes the first film provides examples of

  • Affectionate Parody: The Animaniacs skit Bumbie's Mom.
    • Also, the short film Bambi Meets Godzilla and it's sequel, Son Of Bambi Meets Godzilla.
    • And the Newgrounds short "Bambee".
    • Also, this commercial from the mind of David Lynch: [1]
    • The Calvin and Hobbes comics took two shots at this film-in the first one, Calvin is standing in front of a mirror, putting his hands together and pretending to ask his mother if she could give him a flamethrower by saying please softly. He then tries saying it with doe eyes. Hobbes then walks over and tells him that giving mom "Bambi eyes" isn't going to help. In the second strip, Calvin tells his class the story from his report about overpopulation. In the story, a man named Frank gets up from his desk and walks off to get some coffee. Suddenly, Frank gets shot. Four deer, armed with rifles, gather around his body. They praise Bambi's nice shot, who, of course, asks for somebody to get the camera.]
    • Saturday Night Live TV Funhouse took a shot at Bambi and Disney's reputation for their direct to video sequels, with Bambi 2002, which surprisingly was conceived several years before the real Bambi II came out. SNL's Bambi 2002 however included Bambi's mother being alive, Bambi riding a skateboard, rapping, performing Bullet Time and fighting terrorists, and Thumper being voiced by David Spade.:) A picture of the "Rapping Bambi" also made a brief cameo in another TV Funhouse skit, specifically one taking jabs at the infamous Disney Vault. (it appears in the background, hanging from a wall)
    • Drawn Together lampooned Bambi in one episode where he convinces Captain Hero that he killed his mother and vows revenge as it turns out he was lying and had killed his mother himself.
    • Mother Goose and Grimm recently did a one panel parody called Zambi, which is Bambi...with his mother coming back as a zombie.
    • Bambo, anyone?
  • Animation Bump: Little April Showers, anyone?
  • Attempted Rape: Probably what was in store for Faline when Bambi had to fight for her.
  • Babies Ever After
  • Badass: The Great Prince is treated as one by the other deer.
  • Bambification: The Trope Namers -- for people who have never sat down and watched the movie... Also known as All Deer Are Bambi and The Martyr With Antlers.
  • Bowdlerise: When this movie is aired on TV in some foreign countries, they completely remove the entire scene of Bambi's mother's death even though it's the most important part of the movie.
  • Common Knowledge: What's weird is that the infamous death scene is the only scene anyone seems to remember. Also, it seems that nobody is aware that Bambi ever grows older. Disney isn't particularly helping, however, as there is almost no merchandise portraying Bambi as an adult.
  • Cut Song: The CD has an early version of "Little April Showers" called "Rain Drops".
  • Disneyfication
    • Even with Bambi's mother dying, the film's tone is significantly lighter than the novel's (it was written for adult audiences), which was much darker and more brutal, including graphic death scenes.
    • First off, in the original novel Bambi and Faline are cousins, but in the film it was changed so that they're not blood related.
    • Thumper, Flower and Friend Owl were created entirely for the film-Walt wanted to tone down the dark, brutal mood of the novel in the adaptation to allow it to appeal to a wider audience, so he brought Bambi's friends in as comic relief to make the film Lighter and Softer.
    • In the original version of the aftermath of the death of Bambi's mother, they were going to have Bambi find the impression where his mother fell and show that her body had been dragged off, but Walt Disney cut this from the film as he thought it would be too much for the younger audience to handle.
      • An even darker example would be near the end, when they were going to have a scene similar to the novel where Bambi and his father find the corpse of a man whose gun backfired on him, but when a early version of this was shown to a test audience, "400 people shot up into the air when the corpse appeared". Needless to say, it never made it beyond a test screening.
      • Even more interesting is that in the infamous death scene, they were also going to show Bambi's mother getting shot ON-SCREEN. However, this never made it beyond a few sketches, because the scene was dark enough as it was.
    • Don't forget the omission of Faline's brother Gobo, who is killed because of his trust for humans.
    • Also, a non-gory example: Bambi and Faline are not so much in love as they are habitually attached. They separate whenever it's not mating season and Bambi watches her age and become sad and lonely from afar and thinking about the sweet, happy little fawns they once were.
  • DVD Commentary: The 2005 DVD rerelease of Bambi had re-enactments of the story meetings between Disney and his story men as one of the several bonus features. The movie itself played in a window on the corner while the rest of the screen showed preliminary artwork.
  • "Falling in Love" Montage: Not a typical one, anyway. "I Bring You a Song."
  • The Film of the Book
  • G-Rated Sex:
    • After getting "twitterpated" and fighting for Faline, Bambi wakes up next to her in a thicket. Several months later in Springtime, a pair of twins wake up next to mom.
    • Thumper and Flower count, too, since we see them walking off with their mates and reappearing with their own kids.
  • Lighter and Softer: As compared to the book it's based on.
  • Meaningful Name: Bambi is derived from Bambino, the Italian word for baby. The names Thumper, Friend Owl, and Flower pretty much speak for themselves.
  • Oh Crap: That infamous scene in which Faline disappears into the cloud during Bambi's fantasy, and then Ronno emerges from the cloud in her place, wanting to fight Bambi.
  • The Oner: The iconic, spectacular opening shot done completely with Disney's multiplane camera.
  • Puppy Dog Eyes: AKA "Bambi Eyes", in the film's case. Especially when he learned his mother is gone.
  • Pop Culture Osmosis: It helps to be one of the oldest Disney films in the canon. Also, there is probably not a single person in the western world that does not know Bambi's mother dies.
  • Recycled in Space: Many people have nicknamed the Don Bluth film The Land Before Time as "a prehistoric Bambi"...except that film was possibly even MORE of a Tear Jerker.
  • Serendipitous Symphony: "Little April Showers"
  • Sexophone: During the scene where Thumper gets twitterpatted by a lovely female rabbit.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Everyone except for Bambi and his fawns die in the novel.
    • Not true; Faline, Aunt Ena, and a few other minor deer all survive, and others, such as Thumper and Flower, do not exist in the novel (but Thumper/Friend Owl's Composite Character Friend Hare doesn't make it)
  • Stock Footage:
  • Time Skip: Occurs in the first movie right after the infamous death scene, transitioning to some point in the future where Bambi has grown up. The midquel helps to patch up this gap.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Averted somewhat. One of the birds was so scared and desperate she tries to fly away as Man comes closer. She ends up getting her head shot off (at least, that's how it seems).

Tropes Bambi II provides examples of

  • Accidental Kiss: At the end of the movie, the porcupine from earlier decides to prick Bambi in the behind once again, causing him to leap forward and end up smooching Faline. She doesn't seem to mind.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Thumper and Ronno (though it fades for both in the presence of their mothers).
  • Chekhov's Skill: Thumber's "gurr" faces. In the climax, when Flower makes his "scaredest" one he actually sprays acid into a hunter dog's face, leaving Bambi with one less enemy to run away from.
  • Conspicuous CG: Really obvious in several parts of the film.
  • Everything's Worse with Bees: Played straight in the midquel. At one point, the trio gets chased away by a swarm of bees, and The Great Prince has a near encounter with a hornets nest (but Bambi points it out to him, saving him the trouble of dealing with those pests.)
  • Jerkass: Ronno and the Porcupine, the latter of whom is exclusive to Bambi II.
  • Moose Are Idiots: A grouchy porcupine insults the Great Prince by calling him a "Big Moose".
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: One of the more off-putting things of the midquel is the handful of country music songs that play throughout the film. While the songs in question are decent to good, they feel extremely out of place with the mood and feel of the film which usually relies on the original films orchestrated style of music.


Tropes The Series as a whole provides examples of

  • Angry Hunting Dog: They're just another threat in the films. In the book, the dogs are considered traitors to their own kind.
  • The Cameo: Bambi himself actually makes an appearance in person in the crowd of toons in the ending of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and in one scene early in the film, Thumper is mentioned by Roger himself to be his uncle.
    • Also, JudgeDoom was originally planned to be the killer of Bambi's mother in a shocking revelation. It ultimately never made it into the final film unfortunately.
    • Also, Bambi makes a cameo (as a silhouette) in the end of The Lion King 1 1/2.
    • Bambi and his father also make a cameo in The Simpsons Movie.
    • Bambi's mom's head is mounted on Gaston's wall.
    • Bambi and his mom cameo in the Disney Classic Short No Hunting.
    • As with many characters of Disney Animated Canon, Bambi and other characters from the original film frequently cameo as audience members in House of Mouse.
  • Carnivore Confusion: Salten addresses it a bit more directly than Disney does.
  • Coming of Age Story
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After losing his mother, going through a tough fight for his mate, getting chased after by dogs, getting shot AND having to get back up and run, and getting his home destroyed by a forest fire, the film ends with a healthy new forest some time later, the birth of Bambi's children, and Bambi finally assuming the mantle of The Great Prince of the Forest, the latter done without any words being spoken.
    • Also played straight in the midquel, in which Bambi is forced to cope with the loss of his mother and he tries to earn the love of his father, only to be given away to a stepmother (on the grounds that his father belives that he has no business raising children, ironically) and not long after he risks his life to save his would-be-stepmom from a pack of hunting dogs, and after a long chase scene it ends with the dogs defeated...and him falling off a high cliff. Despite early impressions, he survives and finally earns the love and affection of his father, who finally accepts Bambi as his child, without any words being spoken. The film also ends with Bambi getting a accidental smooch from Faline, and his father showing him where he and Bambi's mother first met.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Thumper's father, who never once appears on-screen in either films, even though Thumper's mother constantly brings up one of his Green Aesops if Thumper is ever giving her trouble or causing it. Man is also included.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: The films make no bones about this. The book, however, treats humans as just another thing deer have to worry about. If they're bastards, it's only because they've broken the "rules" with their guns.
  • Intellectual Animal
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Friend Owl.
  • Leitmotif: Love is a Song and a snippet of I Bring You A Song in the original film.
    • Love is a Song also pops up as a leitmotif in the midquel, as well as an all new leitmotif (apparently not named) for scenes with Bambi and his father.
  • Lighter and Softer: The original film when compared to the original novel, and the midquel when compared to the original film.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: California Quail? In *my* Maine woods? Also, a surprising example of Did Not Do the Research in a movie which is otherwise amazingly accurate to the nature and animals (see Shown Their Work above) it's based off of...for the most part anyways.
    • Also, the quails' calls are wrong; they sound more like Bobwhite Quails instead...
  • Mood Whiplash : "Your mother can't be with you any longer. Come with me, my son." - cut directly to the most happiest and twittery song of the whole movie.
  • Musical Spoiler: Man's presence in the film is represented only be a recurring three note leitmotif. And nothing else.
  • Never Say "Die": "Your mother...can't be with you anymore."
    • Also played straight in the midquel, albeit in a much more forced way, when the Great Prince outright restrains himself from saying "killed" or "die", as if they were forbidden words or something. Seriously.
      • Truth in Television. Many people find it hard to apply these words to people they love. Especially if it was recent and sudden.
    • In the book the Great Prince says "Your mother can't be with you any longer. Can't you stay by yourself? Shame on you!" as a way of making Bambi brace up and realize he has to fend for himself now.
  • No Name Given: None of the characters parents have actual names.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: You never once see Man in either of the films (although he/they ARE seen in the novels on occasion) but that makes him (they?) more terrifying than your usual Disney villain. Man is the highest ranking Disney villain in "AFI's 100 Heroes and Villains", surpassed only by the Queen from Snow White.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: We never do find out what the real name of "Flower" the skunk is, nor do we know if the Great Prince actually has a real name.
  • Race Lift: Sort of. In the original novel, Bambi and the other deer were Roe Deer, but in the films they were White-Tailed Deer because the films were set in North America where there are no Roe Deer. Species could be sort of considered a race in the animal world.
    • Upon the re-translation into German however, the terminology for the deer was completely mixed up, leading to what is commonly known as the Bambi-Lüge or Bambi-Irrtum. The German m/f/child terms for deer in general are Hirsch/Hirschkuh/Hirschkalb, while those specific to the Roe Deer species ("Reh") are Rehbock/Reh(geiß)/(Reh)Kitz. The German film translation however reverted to calling Bambi and his mother by the roe deer terms, while the father was left with the Hirsch befitting his looks. This resulted not only in people confusing what the respecive species looked like, but more importantly in thinking that the terms for a deer nuclear family were Hirsch/Reh/Kitz; generations of people were thusly miseducated, and it keeps on spreading, while often refusing correction.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: EVERYONE.
  • Scenery Porn: Anyone who doesn't have an itch to visit Baxter State Park after watching this or the midquel has a problem.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Unnamed Parent
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Twitterpated!"
  • Urban Legends:
  • Woodland Creatures: Well, DUH.
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