Bambi II

Movie review by
Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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Bambi grows up in this sequel; some emotional intensity.
  • G
  • 2006
  • 70 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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
Language

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

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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?"

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 th... Continue reading
Adult Written byadvocatewhat'sright January 11, 2013

Really good midquel

This is a really good midquel. It's about before Bambi grew up but after his mother died. It's too bad that the Beauty and the Beast midquels weren... Continue reading
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 thing... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

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?

Kids will love the animation, though the film is a bit emotionally intense at times. 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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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