March 2, 2011

IT WAS THE FIRST FILM I EVER SAW IN A THEATRE....:

Preparing kids for fate of Bambi’s mom a must: Death of a parent offers ‘launching point’ for talks (Christian Toto, 3/01/11, The Washington Times)

The film’s iconic sequence involves the death of Bambi’s mother at the hands of hunters. The action occurs off-screen, but the sound of gunfire burned itself into the psyche of many young moviegoers. Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman has said “Bambi” was the first film he ever saw and insists he still suffers from it.

A few modern animated films deal with similarly dark story lines. In last year’s “Toy Story 3,” Woody and crew stare down the maw of an incinerator in the final reel. The 2003 film “Finding Nemo” featured the loss of the main character’s mother in the opening minutes, and the 1994 feature “The Lion King” also involved the death of a childlike character’s parent.

“Bambi” endures as a symbol of Walt Disney Studio’s enduring artistry — even if it means a few tears are shed along the way. But will today’s young audiences appreciate “Bambi” for its animated splendor, nightmares and all?


The Mother Judd took me and I bawled my eyes out. The Father Judd took me the next day...sadist....

Why couldn't they whack that rabbit instead?



Posted by Orrin Judd at March 2, 2011 6:18 AM
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