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Bambi II Bambi II

DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006
Rating: G
Running Time: 73 Minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Genres: Animation, Family, Kids

Cast: Patrick Stewart, Alexander Gould, Anthony Ghannam, Cree Summer, Andrea Bowen, Carolyn Hennesy
Director: Brian Pimental
Story By: Brian Pimental And Jeanne Rosenberg
Screenplay By: Alicia Kirk
Based On The Book: "Bambi," By Felix Salten

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Synopsis:
One of the silver screen's most cherished characters makes his triumphant return in Disney's spectacular all-new movie, BAMBI II. The eagerly awaited next chapter of Bambi's unforgettable story continues for a whole new generation in a film that's sure to delight your entire family.

Join Bambi as he reunites with his father, The Great Prince, who must now raise the young fawn and teach him the ways of the forest. But in the adventure of a lifetime, the proud parent discovers that there is much that he can learn from his spirited young son.

Thumper, Flower, Owl, and your favorite characters return -- and you'll meet some wonderful new friends -- as Bambi's magnificent legacy continues.

Illustrated in the breathtaking animation style of the original classic and bursting with enchanting new songs, BAMBI II is truly a wonder to behold.

Review
As a child, I remember clearly watching Bambi and being devastated when his mother dies. For that reason I was hesitant to see Bambi II, wondering what they would do with the plot and characters. I was pleasantly surprised after watching Bambi II.

The movie begins with Bambi mourning the loss of his Mom. His father, the Great Prince, is left to raise his young son. A task he is not prepared to do. While struggling with his grief, Bambi feels he must also prove himself to his father, that he too is a brave Prince.

The movie deals with the heartbreak and loss both Bambi and his father feel and also the relationship between the two. Initially the Great Prince is determined to find a suitable doe to raise his son but as the film progresses a bond between father and son develops that cannot be broken.

I would be hard pressed to find an adult, who has seen the original Bambi, who does not shed a tear watching Bambi II. The animation of both woodland scenes and the original characters stays true to the original movie. While there are several parts that will have both adults and children laughing and giggling, there are also some more intense scenes that may frighten very young children. Particularly when Bambi is being chased by a pack of hunting dogs.

Extremely sensitive children may be overwhelmed by the heart wrenching moments Bambi faces dealing with the loss of his mother and his struggle to prove his worth to his father. Parents may want to view first to determine if their young children can handle these moments. The movie does provide opportunities for discussion about dealing with loss.

Sensitive moments aside, Bambi II is a very cute movie. Thumper and Flower are back and as cute as ever. The relationship between Thumper and his sisters will seem very familiar with any child who has siblings.

Many movie remakes don't cut it but Bambi II is very well done, stays very close to the original and touches on many issues parents and kids of this generation can relate to.


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