Bambi Reviews

  • In colors that would surprise even the spectrum itself, Disney's cartoon craftsmen have re-created a woodland that shimmers and glows and darkens altogether magically.

    Theodore Strauss — New York Times

  • This animated feature based on Felix Salten's book about the coming of age of a fawn and his various forest friends (including the beloved Thumper) does convey some of the primal emotional power of Disney's features during this period.

    Jonathan Rosenbaum — Chicago Reader

  • The glow and texture of the Disney brush reach new heights, especially in the treatment of a summer thunderstorm and a raging snowstorm.

    Variety Staff — Variety

  • For the first time, Disney has done his backgrounds in oils instead of watercolors. The result is striking.

    Dean Essner — TIME Magazine

  • It's not just Bambi's mother - I'll pause while you wipe that tear - but the film's revelation that idylls don't really exist.

    Josh Larsen — LarsenOnFilm

  • The story, while classic in nature, is a bit thin, but Bambi is a breathtaking, jaw-dropping showcase of the ingenuity and genius of Disney animators.

    R. L. Shaffer — IGN DVD

  • Arguably Disney's greatest masterpiece, this sophisticated animation is one that continues to delight audiences of all ages

    Louise Keller — Urban Cinefile

  • It would be easy to be cynical about Bambi, the Walt Disney-produced film that launched a thousand anthropomorphic animal movies. But its pre-ironic simplicity has, in many ways, only improved with age. [Blu-ray]

    Peter Canavese — Groucho Reviews

  • Even Daryl Hall would have to admit this is one of the finest animated features committed to film, produced and packaged during Walt Disney's ballsiest years of control.

    Brian Orndorf —

  • the animated film as pastoral poem, as beautiful a depiction of the natural world as one could imagine

    James Kendrick — Q Network Film Desk

  • Animation that couldn't seem more real, even if it were made today with motion-capture dots plastered all over a baby deer.

    James Plath —

  • Animation that couldn't seem more real, even if it were made today with motion-capture dots plastered all over a baby deer.

    James Plath — Movie Metropolis

  • Vies only with Pinocchio as the most technically accomplished work of animation to come from the studio's Golden Age... the last gasp of a maturity and gravity that would immediately disappear from Disney's features.

    Tim Brayton — Antagony & Ecstasy

  • One of the most timeless and universal coming-of-age films ever, Bambi ranks with the very greatest of Disney's classic masterpieces.

    Steven D. Greydanus — Decent Films Guide

  • A beautifully realised milestone in children's animation that balances outright sentiment with gentle wit, and negotiates its darker moments with skill.

    Dean Essner — Film4

  • Still a fantastic fable with some excellent animation and a great story

    Felix Vasquez Jr. — Film Threat

  • In 1942, the emotional scene in which Bambi's mother is killed by hunters was controversial: Some critics charged that it traumatized young children while defenders claimed that it was honest, realistic, and less graphic than its depiction in the book.

    Emanuel Levy — EmanuelLevy.Com

  • Walt himself would have been proud of the two-disc special edition, which restores the Disney classic back to its original museum-quality luster ... maybe the only missing extra in this treasure is Bambi Meets Godzilla.

    Thomas Delapa — Boulder Weekly

  • From Disney's richest period, interleaving splendid animation with vulgar Americana.

    Dean Essner — Time Out

  • Fawn-dly revered Disney classic.

    Steve Crum —

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