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Bambi - By request
So Thorn, what did you think of the Bambi DVD?

I haven't seen this movie in years and now I'm beginning to see why.

The DVD promised to "digitally remaster" the original, and to me that means making it clearer and more crisp. While overall things were pretty nice looking, there were some scenes that were still scratched up or blurry that made me go "wtf? I could do this in photoshop frame by frame, it would be so simple, why didn't they fix this?" One such annoyance was the color levels of the "black". The pupil of Bambi's mother's eyes went from black to forest green on several occasions. This, to me, looks like a result of fading rather than a poor color job, but then again, what do I know about animation? Even if it was changing the original in some way, they should have fixed this.

They did, however, fix the scenes where animals would disappear for no apparent reason, such as the fire scene where the mother raccoon is licking the baby raccoon and it suddenly disappears. I always liked that part though, because it looked as if she licked the baby so hard it dissolved and she ate it.

Also, to elaborate on the whole "cartoon deer have a lot of sex" thing, I was just musing on the fact that there were quite a few baby deer in this movie. Those deer were getting busy, especially Bambi who somehow fathered twins. Unf unf unf unf.

I gotta ask, I know nothing about deer society, I thought they lived in herds and there was a lead male figure. And do they really stand on a mountaintop looking all regal when their babies are being born? And the way Bambi's mother related to his father you woulda thought they had never met ;P

"Mom, he stopped and looked at me"
"I know."

Wtf? Wouldn't it be more like

"Mom, wot fo' he be starin' at me like he noesss me?"
"Cuz he's mah babeh's daddeh!"

For that matter, did anyone ever before realize that Bambi is speaking in Ebonics/Southern Speak for half the movie? Please forgive me for touching on a potentially sensitive issue, but goddamn..."mawmaw" "wot" and "gunna" showed up in his dialogue way more than I would have liked.

Speaking of parents and baby's daddies and all that, whats it with Disney always creating these "single parent" situations? Goofy, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, all revolve around the fact that one of the parents ain't there for whatever reason. Does Disney promote divorce??!!!

Speaking of single parent situations *cough*deadparents!*cough* I never before realized how badly TLK ripped off the beginning of Bambi?

"Hey, we're all animals, lets all scurry and meet the new royal figure who is born...TODAY! OMG! *scurry*"


Am I the only one who finds this kind of ridiculous?

Oh and Flower is SOOOOOOOO GAY! I tried so so so so so hard to see him as a heterosexual skunk but it was impossible. Sorry. I failed.

EDIT: ruggels asked that I add the following comments I made elsewhere to the main content of this entry:

Yeah I didn't get a real definite gender on that other skunk. ;D

Thumper's girlfriend looked like a whore though *pardon my bluntness* but jeeze look at all the makeup she was wearing!

..and this is why we look down upon cosmetic testing on animals. ;_;

Aw damn I forgot to mention the whole deer rape thing.

That evil deer was totally going to rape Faline. First he was all

"I'll stick you!" to Bambi, then Faline protested and he's all

"Git back bitch before I shank you!...and then have my way with you"

And she was all "oh noez!" and then Bambi was all "I keel you esse!"

I thought Disney was all about the happy loving families despite the species natural tendencies instead of the whole "rape them then leave" thing. *shrugs* ;)

On a good note though, there is a special bonus DVD that shows the making of Bambi and all the cool artsy goodies as well as a preview to the midquel movie so I'm looking forward to watching that ( I haven't yet. Sorry, I felt if I watched anymore deer movies I'd develop a craving for venison, and its not good to eat too late at night. )

So, if you like talking baby animals, then yeah, buy the DVD. I'm sure the second DVD is worth it.

Current Mood: amused amused

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xianjaguar From: xianjaguar Date: March 5th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)
You really thought Flower was SUPPOSED to be hetero? Hell no...he's the official Disney Flamer.

Then again....THINK about...what the hell are three guys named Bambi, Thumper and Flower all doing hanging around each other? Huh? You ever think about THAT? =P
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 5th, 2005 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, now that you mention it, that whole quote of "I'm a thumpin'!!! That's why they call me Thumper!" coupled with the scene where Bambi falls on Thumper and he's trying to get out from under him and it looks like Bambi is violently humping the ground before Thumper sprouts from his bunghole...

..yeah. Wow..my childhood, it feels..so..violated ;_;
casidhe From: casidhe Date: March 5th, 2005 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh god you are so right about Flower the Skunk... I was dying of laughter the last time I watched the movie (years ago). *Squirms* He was nicely drawn and a cute character but Disney should have considered making Flower a female... "She" could have fit in with the posse a little bit better instead of being put off to the side.

Meh... just a random thought...
auryanne From: auryanne Date: March 5th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Naw that wasn't mean :D But I gotta say, did you watch the whole thing? Because really only the first half is about cutesy-wutesy baby animals. The second half is all RAWR DEATH MAN IN THE FOREST RAWR.

And the orphan-thing isn't exclusive to Disney, it's a convention used in a lot of fairy tales. Mostly 'cuz you can't be all emo and interesting if you have a boring, normal life.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 5th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw damn I forgot to mention the whole deer rape thing.

That evil deer was totally going to rape Faline. First he was all

"I'll stick you!" to Bambi, then Faline protested and he's all

"Git back bitch before I shank you!...and then have my way with you"

And she was all "oh noez!" and then Bambi was all "I keel you esse!"

I thought Disney was all about the happy loving families despite the species natural tendencies instead of the whole "rape them then leave" thing. *shrugs* ;)
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ungulata From: ungulata Date: March 5th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
*pops up* Did someone say deer?? *big goofy grin*

Since you asked, no, whitetail deer do not live in harems. They live in matriachies (for the does) and bacheler herds (for the bucks). The top doe is the oldest and she co-defends her home range with the help of her daughters. They only separate for a few weeks during the fawning season (subdividing their summer range into "fawning grounds") and then regroup. In the winter they generally migrate to a winter range where they "yard" when snows are deep. The migration distance varies a lot and can go up to a few miles. Yearling bucks are kicked out of the matriarchy and migrate (distance unknown) to join up with other bucks to form a bacheler herd. Mature bucks seek out matriarchies during the breeding season. Generally, the matriarch has first crack at choosing a male and her daughters follow her lead, waiting their turn for the male. This affects the timing between ovulation and intromission. As a result, older (more dominant) does produce more female fawns and younger does produce more males. This has an advantage: older does are more likely to "own" choice home ranges and it is to their advantage to produce more daughters to help protect it. Younger does have no territory of their own per se, so it is to their advantage to produce bucks who will grow up and breed with dominant does elsewhere and ensure that her genes persist in the population.

So, the whole Bambi's dad bit is bogus, from the rock perch thing to the tutoring. Bucks just breed and then it's back to the bachelor herd (supposing that chasing other bucks away from the does didn't make them croak from exhaustion).

They fixed the teleporting 'coon?! The bastards!
justblieve From: justblieve Date: March 5th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, it's the other way around. Older does tend more to have bucks, while younger does continue to have does.

And as an owner of deer and can say that from personal experience. Our 9 year old doe had her first buck last spring. The years before that she always had does, and all her offspring have had does.
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ruggels From: ruggels Date: March 5th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
She was drunk, it was a party, and well, he was hawt, but well, it never worked out, he was a buck, you know and well, he never really was that into relationships and comitments. and since he had no visible source of income, he wasn't that much of a catch.

calicougar From: calicougar Date: March 5th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
In the book (if i remember correctly) there's a weird reference to the young female deer being attracted to the male elk. Her mother tries to tell her that they are dangerous and strange, but she young doe can't resist stepping closer to investigate. Then she gets queer all over, is filled with fright at the strange, alien scent of the elk and bounds off, braying in terror.

thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 5th, 2005 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Apparently Elk and Deer are like crips and bloods, THEY DO NOT MIX, YO!

Why are there so many gang references in this movie review? ;_;

buttfacemakani From: buttfacemakani Date: March 5th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I always liked that part though, because it looked as if she licked the baby so hard it dissolved and she ate it.

..i luv yew 83
From: asathena Date: March 5th, 2005 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
On single parent families in Disney movies:
This is why I love THE INCREDIBLES. Brad Bird isn't afraid to write a REAL MOM and keep her in for the whole story.
From: kilojara Date: March 5th, 2005 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Now I'm gonna have to watch it, even though now my mind's been tainted! Thanks. :P
visiondarkness From: visiondarkness Date: March 5th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Hey, if this whole drawing thing doesnt work out for you, you shouldn TOTALLY be a movie critic....omg. *dies laughing* You're reviews would be the only ones worth listening to, and boy would they be worth it.
From: erdwolf_tvl Date: March 5th, 2005 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Like the tomb of an Egyptian pharoa, my childhood memories shall not be exhumed and plundered.

Hence why I had no interest in seeing this.

Thanks for the heads-up! My suspicions are now confirmed.
phreakie_teiris From: phreakie_teiris Date: March 6th, 2005 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I read the Bambi kids book from way back when, and it says Faline is his cousin. And he still gets with her in the end :p
vekke From: vekke Date: March 7th, 2005 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
In the actual Felix Salten book, Faline IS his cousin and he does get with her. X3 I actually read that kid's book too though. o.O
vekke From: vekke Date: March 7th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
*laughs* I realized the whole southern-speak thing a long time ago. X3 And here I thought I was just nuts.

Heh. I want the DVD, just to see how different my outlook on it is now. X3
jessidear84 From: jessidear84 Date: March 12th, 2005 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Argh.. so painful to hear that! Yes its mostly true, but still!

With Flower being a bit well... flowery than the other boys, I think I had read somewhere that Mr. Disney was afriad that people would dislike the skunk because, well, it's a stinky skunk! So he made him cute and cuddly and blue eyed (the ONLY blue eyed male in the movie, by the way) so they would like him better.

Can't blame the actors for their southen drawls either: Disney was a Missourian after all. Poor white boys... But from what I understand, they didn't have to be prompted like most kid actors do now adays. It just came naturaly (with the script of course). Mind you there is also less than.. what, 1000 words in the entire movie?

I think that what has been abit over shadowed here by the art(not that I can blame you, seeing as you ARE an artist) is that the music is what really gives life to the movie. The beautifully drawn backgrounds only add the illusion of talking baby animals in the forest.

Alright, that was a bit more than two cents, but I gotta stick up for my favorite movie of all time! XD

And yes, you will LOVE the second CD. Honest to goodness yah will!
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