‘Bambi’ is the best of Disney (1942)

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“Bambi” best of all Walt Disney’s films

Walt Disney’s newest feature production, “Bambi,” now showing at the Liberty, photographed in Multiplane Technicolor, reveals the exciting peak which this original and fascinating form of screen entertainment has reached.

“Bambi” is pure Disney, with all that means to lovers of the world of fun, beauty and imagination which Disney has made his own. “Bambi” goes even further than any previous Disney feature; it has overtones of serious significance and in certain ways can be described as one of the most moving love stories ever brought to the screen.

“Bambi” was filmed — or drawn — from the best-selling novel of the same title by Felix Salten. As a novel, “Bambi” was a Book-of-the-Month choice, and has a sales record of more than 650,000 copies.

Incidentally, “Bambi” is the first novel to be brought to the screen by Walt Disney. The picture was in production for more than five years, having, indeed, been started before “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” The matchless perfection of its technical glories reflects the long period of painstaking work required to complete the feature.

The story of “Bambi” is the story of every one’s life, filled with the human emotions of love, hate, jealousy, gaiety, fear, happiness, courtship and parenthood. It is the most adult story Disney has yet chosen — adult, yet at the same time told with the beloved Disney animal characters.

Bambi himself is a deer, the Prince of the Forest. His friends include some of the most ingratiating characters ever created — for instance, Thumper, a cotton tail, who almost steals the picture. An inspired name for another character, an irresistibly charming skunk, is Flower. Faline is the doe Bambi loves and has to fight for to win. Most of the wild animals of the great forest are characters of varying importance.

Perhaps the most brilliant sequence of “Bambi” is the famous “twitterpated” scene when romance strikes the young bloods of the forest with one hilarious effect after another. It’s all so true — the brash, self-confident young males who assure the wise old Owl that they are immune from this strange “twitterpated” business; the alluring young females who in the next instant have them in an ecstatic state of complete surrender, just as the wise old Owl said would happen.

“Twitterpated” is inspired tomfoolery passed on powerful human emotions, and the word will no doubt become the popular way to describe the state of being rapturously in love.

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