One of Disney's better remembered early classics plays very much a similar note to one of their more recent classics "The lion king", as the circle of life is the overriding theme here. Although this is much more of a simple plotted watch in which tells its basic, yet captivating tale of nature against the odds placed by man. Some have tamely attacked the negative depiction of man as being too simplistic, too black and white; but the fact remains this is very much taken from the view of a wild deer so how else exactly can man be shown as anything other than a cold killer with a smoking gun is hard to imagine. This isn't one of my top pick Disney outings as I favour their more light-heated features, but I will admit that the animation is fantastic and it has aged very well over the decades becoming more than a little bit timeless.
I must confess, I do not find bambi overly special. In fact, for a disney animated feature, its quite boring. Nothing really happens to bambi. I mean he's forced away from his mother, meets scamper and then mommy dies. Thats not entirely interesting. I also believe the film is the least superior of the studio's golden age with every film, excluding the package features, exceding Bambi in almost every regard. I can accept the enormous historical influence this film has had on the genre, I just dont believe the screenplay is as good as Walt's others. Also, and before I say this, please feel free to call me a cold and heartless monster, but I dont find this film sad. At all. The emotional scenes are meant to be impactful, and yet when bambi's mother dies from the "man" it feels cheap. She is killed by someone who's had no influence OR prior scene in the film. People call him one of cinema's greatest villains. I must humbly, and hole-heartedly disagree. He's barely even a villain. He has two seconds of screen time just to kill bambi's mother. Its like the film is manipulating you to cry simply for the sake of it. Bambi's animation is impeccable. Its story leaves a lot to be desired
(Full review coming soon - with better wording)
And yet, be that as it may, this first time I watched this movie - I was very, very young. You might call me heartless, but that bambi's-mother-got-shot scene really - literally - had absolutely ZERO impact on me whatsoever, not even making a dent. Maybe it was because I was too young to comprehend this, maybe it was the bad video quality of my version, maybe it was my default very-fast attitude adjustment ability-- maybe it was 2 out of 3, and maybe it was all three. But looking back, that scene really had zero impact on me. And now that scene still got no effect on me - especially when I picture myself in first person as the man pulling the trigger that killed Bambi's mom-- not with a hunting shotgun, but with a combat-grade sniper rifle(all ballistic variations involved).
"Range, 5,023.75 yards. Wind, 270 knots. Humidity, temperature and elevations all accounted for. Target in sight - fire when ready. [BANG!] Hey kid, I just killed Bambi's mom, deal with it."
Classic this movie is, it sure had a weird moment on me.