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By Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Disney's original circle-of-life story.

Movie G 1942 70 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 8+

The mother's death scene traumatized me as a 5/6 year old...crying uncontrollably.

I saw this film in the theatre when I was about 6 years old. It was traumatizing. I cried uncontrollably for a long time. When I watched it again to prove to my mother that it was indeed a traumatizing film for a young person I was reminded on how beautiful the animation is and how the film does not specify on a specific villain, but enlists all of "man" as being the enemy of nature. The songs although not plentiful are delightful. The parts that I thought were "the worst" was the depiction of couples and coupling in the film. It is forced, over the top and frankly just silly. But the animation...yeesh...the animation is gorgeous, they don't make them like this anymore.
age 7+

Bambi is a timeless classic - and deservedly so...

Bambi is not for young youngsters, our son could not have watched this at age 5 or even 6, but now as he is approaching 8 he has a better ability to feel empathy for the characters while also being simultaneously aware that they are not real and taking it too much to heart. The story is just as I remember it, great messages, great themes and great characters (Thumper!). It's not as frenetic or quick paced as many of today's kids movies...which was very welcome by our whole family. We don't love the ADD aspect of many types of kid's media these days (it's exhausting!)...and our son has given it rave reviews even though it was less exciting than Big Hero 6, for example.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (39 ):

Many fine artistic choices add grace and elegance to a film that hasn't lost its impact in nearly 70 years. Supervised by Walt Disney himself, the animators closely studied the movement and anatomy of real animals, working for six years to perfect the personalities of the characters and find just the right children's voices for them. No people actually appear in Bambi, but they're instead the unseen menace. Symphonic and choral pieces accompany the animation, which might seem odd to kids today who are used to Disney characters breaking into song-and-dance numbers.

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