You may be thinking that the Bambi release into the Signature Collection is just another release of a movie, but I'm here to explain to you why a movie being a part of the Signature Collection is so special. You're not just getting a movie; you're getting hours of additional content from artists, directors, and Walt Disney himself. Thank goodness that all of Walt Disney's production meetings had a transcriber so that they could freely think out loud without taking a ton of notes. Those transcriptions have been transformed into a fantastic look into the production of Bambi.
One of the highlights of the Bambi Signature Collection is the feature of Inside Walt's Story. It's around an hour and a half of readings from the production meetings alongside the movie, unseen artwork, and pictures of the production crew. Hearing them narrate alongside the movie is truly magical.
The way they talk about the character development and how they changed Thumper to match Peter Behn's voice. They loved how rambunctious he was in his readings. They also mention how they wanted him quoting things all the time. My favorite Thumper quotes and one that I continue to pass on to my children is the, “If you can't say something nice, don't say nothin' at all.”
Especially after talking with Donnie Dunagan and Peter Behn about their experience working on Bambi as children, it's amazing to see them in the featurettes. They told us about how Walt brought in animals to live on the studio lot, dubbed the little Disney Zoo so that the artists could animate the animals better. On the Blu-ray, you can see the little Disney zoo and a room full of animators drawing skunks, deer, and rabbits.
Here is a look at some great deleted scenes for you to enjoy!
One of the best parts of Bambi are the beautiful backgrounds created by Tyrus Wong. He created a dreamy, impressionistic style background that didn't take away from the animations but still left you in awe of its artistic beauty. We got to speak with a Disney Animator named Paul Felix whose work is inspired by Tyrus Wong's art. Many of the ones mentioned in the new films in the video below were created by Paul Felix.
If you're a true Walt Disney fan and love the magical things that he has done in his life with animation, then you need to make Bambi Signature Collection apart of your library. They great thing about this Blu-Ray combo pack is that you will get the Blu-Ray, a DVD copy, and a digital copy so that you can watch it anywhere on your devices.
Here is bonus material that you'll find on the Blu-Ray:
THE BAMBI EFFECT – “Bambi” was full of innovations for its time. Let’s take a look at how those past innovations affected future Disney animated titles all the way up to today.
STUDIO STORIES: “BAMBI” – Recordings of Walt Disney. Listen in on intimate moments where he discusses the challenges, pitfalls, and triumphs during the production of “Bambi.”
DELETED SCENE: BAMBI’S ICE AND SNOW – Bambi coaxes Thumper and his brothers and sisters to come play on the ice during the first snow.
DELETED SCENE: THE GRASSHOPPER – A grasshopper confronts Bambi and Thumper and finds himself in quite a predicament.
BAMBI FAWN FACTS – Think you know everything there is to know about Bambi and his forest companions? Well, it’s time to discover some fun real-life facts about the creatures that live in the forest he calls home.
OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT: “AFRICA BEFORE DARK” – Oswald Short.
CELEBRATING TYRUS WONG (DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE) – A heartfelt look at the man who played a key role in the success of “Bambi.” Much like Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle, Tyrus Wong had a unique signature style all to his own. The soft water-colored backgrounds and beautiful palettes in “Bambi” were inspired by Tyrus’ concept art paintings.
DELETED SCENES – Two Leaves, Bambi Stuck on a Reed, Winter Grass, Twitterpated
THE MAKING OF BAMBI: A PRINCE IS BORN
o STORY: TELLING THE TALE
o CHARACTERS: DRAWN TO NATURE
o ACTORS: GIVING VOICE TO ANIMALS
o ART DESIGN: IMPRESSIONS OF THE FOREST
o MUSIC: NATURE’S SYMPHONY
o HISTORY: BACK TO THE BEGINNING
TRICK OF THE TRADE (Excerpt)
INSIDE THE DISNEY ARCHIVES
THE OLD MILL: ANIMATED SHORT
ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER
THE GOLDEN AGE
You can add Bambi Signature Collection to your collection now. I suggest getting it from Target because they have an exclusive edition that includes a storybook! (You can also find it at Walmart and Amazon.)
Want some fun Bambi activities to do with your kids? Click on the images below to download a fun Bambi Backyard Camp-Out and My First Garden printable.