Bambi II

  • Review Date: February 17, 2006
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 70 minutes

Common Sense Media says

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

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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?"

Parents say

Kids say

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

This review of Bambi II was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

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
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 
Adult Written bypawspaw April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Poll

What are the different ways that you access Common Sense Media ratings and information? (Check all that apply)

Essential Apps Guide