As I love the books about Bambi and his children there will be a lot of comparing in my analysis. 1. What is your overall impression of the film? Some possible talking points include: what you did or did not like about it; what about the film has stuck with you; what did you find different on this viewing; how would modern audiences respond to this (for the older films)… The list goes on. Hahah! I watched this movie for the first time for this challenge. It was quite nice but quite different from the original book. Just like in Bambi, the young deers look a bit too small and young to me compared to the adults. (also the young rabbits – they didn’t really grow) It also seems to have borrowed elements from the sequel book, Bambis Children. Bambis son Geno gets into a fight with a former friend like Bambi did with Ronno. Ronno was an older adult in the first book, who had once one of his legs shot and limped a little because of that. Bambi falling for the luring of Man was in the original book, too, but Bambi was a little older already and the hunter imitated Faline calling for Bambi. His father saves him there (although differently), too and shows him that it was a human who imitated Falines voice. The backgrounds are really nicely done. 2. Choose one specific character to analyze. You can explore how a character acts, what they say, how they dress, etc. to explain what they may represent or their function and meaning in the narrative. Try to avoid obvious "plot" stuff (ex: the Evil Queen is a villain, so her purpose is to be bad...), but explore unique and specific elements about the character (ex: the EQ is surrounded by images of peacocks, further suggesting her obsession with vanity). You may also use these elements to explain why you connected or disconnected from the character. I guess this one will be about comparing book prince and movie prince. In the book he is actually called the old prince (and he also dies at the end of the book of old age and Bambi succeeds him as the prince of the forest) In both cases the relationships doesn’t start of the best way. (In the book, they meet way before Bambis mother dies, she just left him alone for a while and the prince scolded Bambi for crying for his mother so loud. But he also teaches him how being alone is safest. I guess this is a scar that took Bambi long to overcome, also, he learned from it. With his own children, he told them beforehand that Faline, their mother is going to disappear for a while and that they need to be extra careful. (The moms leave the young ones alone to spend times with their mates in the books)) Unlike in the movie the old prince never really had a hand (or should I say hoof?) in rising young Bambi, he grew up with the others that spent a lot of time together while it was still winter and a cranky old doe helped him survive and reised him. (She was also taking care of Faline until she finds her mother again since she got separated from her during that scary day, also Falines mom went to look for Falines little brother Gobo, who fell and was unable to stand up again and was found and raised by the hunter) Movie prince has a lot of trouble communicating with a child, he mostly forgets or he isn’t actually aware that Bambi is still a young child who just lost his mother and has little to no experience what humans are like and how they lure what they want to shot. I felt it was unjust of him scholding Bambi for that. And one can’t really control being so scared that you can’t even move. I didn’t really understand that, my only explanation is that he was just as scared as Bambi to lose his son just like he lost his mate. Movie prince seems to feel like he is uncapable of taking care of Bambi properly, book prince has no such trouble as his relationship with his son becomes more important only when Bambi is already a grownup. But the prince does things for him like nursing Bambi back to health when he is shot, teaching him his ways to sneak around the forest noiselessly and he also teaches him about humans. Their relationship seems almost perfect unlike in the movie where after an uneasy start, things become even more complicated. But it works out in the end. 3. Choose one specific scene or sequence to analyze—tell me what response is it trying to evoke from the viewer and how does it go about getting that response? Your analysis could include the scene’s use of color, action, camera angles, music, character development, setting, backdrop, style, etc. If you can justify it with evidence from the scene, then it’s an analysis! The winter scenes are all white and use cold colors, representing the hardships but Bambis dream about his dream uses only warm, sunny colors like yellow and red, to show a moment of peace and comfort, forgetting all the troubles of the real world that comes to us when we dream. The counterpart is the prince standing in the rain, his sourroundings are dark, it's raining (which is often a hint for sadness) he is sad and can’t find that peaceful momen Bambi did. 4. Choose one song to analyze—tell me what response is it trying to evoke from the viewer and how does it go about getting that response? What purpose does this song have in the film and does it succeed in that purpose? First Sign of Spring is about Bambi and his father bonding and he starts teaching things to him. The spring in their relationship finally came. The song is a nice background to that and to me it really feels like spring – gentle, warm and overall very nice, a little like a mother. Maybe it also indicated that they overcame their loss thanks to each other. 5. Choose one specific symbol in the film to analyze. A symbol is typically something inanimate, an object, rather than a character. So don’t say “Brer Bear represents dumb people,” as that’s more of a character analysis than a symbol. Rather, think about specific objects (jewelry, clothing, houses, food, weapons, etc.) What does this symbol mean and how does that meaning impact the film? The dead tree Bambi has to get across is somewhat a symbol of the distance between him and his father. He is trying to overcome it but he is scared so he tries the easy way – under the log. That doesn’t work, and not until he figures out his relationship with his father can he jump over it. 6. Choose a single line of dialog that you find to be the most significant/impactful line in the film and why. You can be a little loose with the “single line” bit, but let’s not go for Maleficent’s entire monologue to Philip... Rather, something like Stitch’s “This is my family. I found it all on my own. It’s little, and broken, but still good. Yeah – still good.” (brb weeping). “Where one thing falls, another grows” It’s such a simple line yet I think it helps little Bambi a lot to cope with the loss of his mother. It also reminds me of Mufasas teching about the Circle of Life. She is possibly reffering to Bamsbis relationship to both of his parents – if his mother had not died, he would never had become so close to his father. (The continuation of this phrase makes it clearer) And this movie is about Bambis relationship with his father. 7. What is this film’s overall goal? Is it to teach a specific lesson (what is it) or get an emotional response (such as)? Or both? And how well or poorly does the film succeed in that goal? Be specific! It’s about family and the difficulty of communicating emotions properly. Also about accepting and trying to see things positive – as Bambis Mother teaches that to him. I’m not sure if it was it’s goal to show ways to cope with losses like losing a mother and a mate but it is also an important part. 8. What connections or progressions do you see in this film to past films? Example: how does Sleeping Beauty progress (or digress?) the princess archetype built in Cinderella? Be specific! Also, consider what use there is in returning to or re-imagining those elements? It’s interesting to see a sequel that's actually a midquel, but it was the same with Beauty and the Beast – there were parts of the story that could be explored more deeply, it is the same with Bambi. Also because the book doesn’t give much information on that part of Bambis life, there were no expectations to follow that part of the story exactly. Bambi wanting to show his father that he can be brave like him strongly reminded me of young Simba – he went to the Elephant Graveyard partly for that reason. Also trying to give a scary roar is a bit like Simba. 9. What is the iconic shot of the film? What single frame of animation do you find to be the most memorable and why? Post it! You can check out this link to find some great screencaps to help! Bambi meeting his father seems quite iconic and as the pin is their meeting at the beginning in winter, I choose their meeting at the end: 10. What single pin do you think best represents this film for you? Why? Give us the pin number and post a picture! I wanted a pin with Bambi and his father and I found this one. (There are plenty with Bambi and his mom) Pin 100787 WDW - Imagination Gala - For Every Laugh There's a Tear - Bambi and the Great Prince of the Forest ONLY Stray thoughts: I know that seeing the shadow thing with bears (it's in the TV every year in february, people watch the bears in the zoo) If he sees his shadow, he crawls back into his cave to sleep some more if he doesn’t he stays outdide, because spring is near. It’s mainly based on what people observed throughout the centuries. The Prince's hideout was also taken from the book, it is describes in detail that there is a pit under a dead tree and that’s where he hides.