Originally planned to be Disney’s second animated feature, Bambi fell behind for a variety of reasons. There was the animators strike at Disney, and there was that little kerfuffle called the Second World War. But most of all, it had to do with Walt’s desire for a natural looking film. The animators on this film spent a good amount of time studying real animals, in the wild, at the Los Angeles Zoo and at the studio.
The first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for best sound. The off-screen villain of the film- “Man”- was voted in at number 20 on AFI’s List of Film’s Greatest Heroes and Villains.
In 1948, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave Walt Disney a Special Achievement Award (one of the Golden Globe Awards) for the Hindustani version of Bambi. Disney was cited for “furthering the influence of the screen.”
This movie was re-released to theaters in 1947, 1957, 1966, 1975, 1982, and 1988. It was released on video in 1989, 1997 and 2005.