Bambi was released on August 13th, 1942.
Bambi was released in theaters 80 years ago today. It was based on the 1923 book Bambi, a Life in the Woods by Austrian author and hunter Felix Salten. The animated feature was by director David Hand. It was Disney’s 5th animated feature. The film would receive three Academy Award nominations for Best Song, Best Score, and Best Song. A sequel was released decades later in 2006. In 2020, a live-action adaptation was announced, but no other news has come out since then.
In the heart of the forest, Bambi takes his first wobbly steps and sets out to explore his new world with his friends: a lovable rabbit called Thumper and a bashful skunk named Flower. Their adventures together include skating on “stiff” water, frolicking through the woods, and getting acquainted with all the other intriguing inhabitants of the forest. But that is only part of the story. Guided by the wise Friend Owl, the young prince also learns valuable lessons about love, loss, and life.