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Bambi II

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Bambi grows up in this sequel; some emotional intensity.
Parents recommend
  • Review Date: February 17, 2006
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 70 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The bonds of family and friendship are shown throughout the movie, through discussion and example.

Positive role models

Bambi's father, the Great Prince, must learn to let down his guard and give Bambi the love and affection he needs in the wake of the loss of his mother. Bambi learns lessons on growing up, being patient, and recognizing danger in the wild.

Violence & scariness

Bambi's father is shown throwing hunting dogs violently aside with his antlers. Bambi is chased by hunting dogs. In the climax scene he climbs rocks to escape dogs and falls. Cartoonish violence: A cranky porcupine sticks Bambi in the rear with quills and is later shown being thrown from a log and lands on his quills. Faline's mother is caught in a hunter's trap.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

A bully fawn picks on Bambi: "Isn't Bambi a girl's name?"

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie picks up right where Bambi left off. There are many references to the death of Bambi's mother and frightening scenes of hunting dogs chasing Bambi. Faline's mother is caught in a hunter's trap. A new character, Ronno, is a bully fawn who picks on Bambi: "Isn't Bambi a girl's name?"

What's the story?

BAMBI II starts with Bambi learning of his mother's death. His father (voiced by Patrick Stewart) is the Great Prince and therefore has no time to raise a fawn. He seeks the help of the wise owl to find a doe to raise him as her own. In the meantime, Bambi reunites with buddies Thumper, Flower, and Faline to romp in the forest. In steps a new character, Ronno, a young bully fawn who teases Bambi, usually resulting in scuffles between the two.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Most parents have distinct memories of watching Bambi as a child and will be happy to know that Bambi and his father have come a long way in accepting their new life together. Disney has made great efforts to maintain the classic style of animation that gave Bambi the recognition and honor of being one of Disney's greatest films. There's also typical feel-good Disney music by Allison Krauss and Martina McBride that accompanies a few scenes.

Although it's mostly the story of a motherless fawn, Bambi II also shows the emotional development of a father who has lost a soul mate and is learning to be a single parent. But it's the inner drama of Bambi's struggle to accept his mother's death that may upset today's kids. At one point he hears his mother calling to him. It turns out to be a hunting ploy, and Bambi is cornered by several fierce-looking dogs. His father rescues him, and Bambi is scolded for falling for "man's tricks." When Bambi asks about his mother, he's told to leave the past in the past. Swallow it down and let the pain stay there? Not the best message for kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the bullying behavior of Ronno and how to stand up for oneself and be an ally to one's friends. 

  • What are some of the different animals in the movie? What are their personalities like?

  • What are some of the lessons Bambi learns during the movie, and what are some of the lessons Bambi's father learns?

  • Pre-viewing, parents may want to prepare their younger kids about what happened to Bambi's mother. You could talk about how you felt when you were young viewers watching the classic prequel.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 14, 2006
DVD release date:February 14, 2006
Cast:Alexander Gould, Andrea Bowen, Patrick Stewart
Director:Bian Pimental
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship, Wild animals
Run time:70 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Adult Written bylhartness April 9, 2008

Good film, with a couple of hesitations

When I saw the previews for this direct to DVD movie, I was surprised at my interest level. The animation was better than your usual direct to DVD movie, and they got Patrick Stewart to voice Bambi's father. Overall I enjoyed this film, especially the father and son bonding. However, I'm not completely sold on it. An antihero character, Ronno exhibits some behaviors I'm not sure I'm ready for my 6 year-old to see just yet. He's very disrespectful to his mother, yelling at her when she asks him to come. Yet she does nothing to admonish him. He taunts Bambi for having a "girl's name", and the use of the phrase "momma's boy" is used in a mean way. Thumper the rabbit also says his mother is "not the boss of me", which isn't very respectful. Fortunately, she sets him straight and doesn't tolerate his disrespect. Despite these reservations, I still might keep the DVD for now and maybe wait until my son is older to watch it. The story, animation and music are well done. In the meantime, I'll just keep thinking about it...
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Magnificent!

An amazing love story between father and son joining together to do wonderful things. If you have seen the first Bambi you would know about all the tragic things that happens to the poor deer. Many horrible things happened to him again. With Thumper, Flower, and Bambi's Dad, Bambi learns lessons and enjoys jorneys. This story is a must for any young child, I even enjoied it. Thank you I hope this helped you make good movie choices.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

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