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Walt Disney's Bambi Movie Review

Updated on August 29, 2017
Bambi Blu-ray
Bambi Blu-ray | Source

Walt Disney's Bambi Comes Out Of The Vault

In 1937, Walt Disney had a dream. A dream of creating an animated motion picture that looked and felt natural. It took five years for the dream to be brought to life.

Walt spared no expense, doing whatever was required to create the movie that he pictured in his mind. His animators were given special art lessons in order to learn how to animate real animals; real deer lived in the studio; and, even when the project encountered economic difficulties, Walt persevered letting nothing get in the way of his dream.

Finally, in 1942, Walt Disney released Bambi, his fifth animated classic movie. Today, Bambi is a fan favorite and in 2011 it was released on blu-ray and re-released on DVD from Disney's Vault, representing Bambi's first time fully remastered, in high definition and on blu-ray disc.

On this page find out when Bambi was released, view the high definition movie trailer (and see the difference) and read a bit more about the movie. You will also find a discussion about what Bambi is rated and what ages it is considered appropriate for. It is hard to have such a conversation without giving away the secrets of this movie so please be aware that the debate features SPOILERS.

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Bambi Blu-ray Movie Release March 1, 2011

Walt Disney's Bambi on Blu-ray
Walt Disney's Bambi on Blu-ray | Source

Fast Facts About Disney's Bambi

  • ACTORS: Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey, Peter Behn, Thelma Boardman
  • DIRECTORS: Bill Roberts, David Hand, Graham Heid, James Algar, Norman Wright
  • WRITERS: Carl Fallberg
  • RATED: G (General Audience)
  • STUDIO: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: August 13, 1942
  • DVD RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2011
  • RUN TIME: 70 minutes

Official Bambi Movie Trailer - For the first time ever in high definition!

Amazon Product Description

"For the first time ever, the wonder, music and majesty of one of Walt Disney's greatest triumphs comes alive in glorious detail through the magic of Blu-ray high definition! Now Bambi, Walt Disney's beloved coming-of-age story, will thrill a new generation of fans with its breathtakingly beautiful animation, soaring music and characters who will touch your heart-Bambi, the wide-eyed fawn, his playful pal Thumper, the loveable skunk Flower and wise Friend Owl. Plus, all-new immersive game and special features that reveal the extraordinary creative process behind the making of this timeless classic take you deeper into Bambi's world than ever before. Walt Disney's Bambi is an experience you will never forget-now more brilliant than ever on Blu-ray."

Have YOU seen Walt Disney's Bambi?

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MOVIE SPOILERS AHEAD

What Age is Bambi Rated For?

Is Bambi okay for my children to watch?

Bambi is a tough story. The story of a deer growing up in the forest, which is not always wonderful, even when Disney-ized. I have seen this movie deemed appropriate for children aged five and up AND deemed inappropriate for anyone under 12.


Home Video Companion for Parents recommends it for children 12 years and up. That seems old for an animated movie but it perhaps is fair given the disturbing messages in this movie. They had this to say about Bambi, "Bambi is nihilistic, sexist, brutal piece of work that depicts a world of absentee fathers and passive mothers - a place where fighting is the way to achieve a goal, and killing something to be accepted." Excellent animation. Excellent music. NOT for children or preteens.

Seem extreme?


Common Sense Media recommends it for ages five and up. They say that this movie is disturbing for children and that the violence is very realistic, making it memorable in a bad way. That it "packs an emotional punch." and that it "is a more intense movie than parents may remember."

And of course, there is always the death of a central character to deal with.

That is quite a range in age recommendations, surely worthy a discussion. I recommend that you should be aware of the issues in this movie and that you consider watching it without your children present first.

The OFFICIAL movie rating for Bambi is G, G for General Audiences.

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Bambi placed third on the American Film Institute's list of the top ten animated movies.

Jim Shore's Thumper
Jim Shore's Thumper

© 2011 Treasures By Brenda

Is Bambi one of YOUR favorite Disney movies?

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      Not a favorite. I think it is too intense for my little kids. But it's been a long time since I have seen it, so maybe I'll preview it again. Nice lens though!

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      Bambi is one we don't own, so YAY it's coming out of the vault! Love the Jim Shore Bambi figure!

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I know it's hard to believe, but I've never seen Bambi. Not sure why I didn't see it as a child, but we probably didn't watch it as a family because I knew about the death part and I erred on the side of caution with my young children. Okay, I erred on the side of caution with myself, too, since I don't like sad animal movies even if they are animated. Actually, I wouldn't mind watching it now just to add to my store of cultural literacy. It will be anxious to read comments in your debate as to the appropriate age of Bambi for children. Well presented, Brenda!