Fans of the Disney classic “Bambi” will be happy to know the movie is joining the Walt Disney Signature Collection this week. The re-release includes a variety of new bonus material, which will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on June 6.
The Walt Disney Signature Collection features groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney. “Bambi” joins “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Pinocchio” in the Collection.
“Bambi” was released in 1942 during World War II and took more than five years to make due to its hand-drawn artwork and attention to detail. Beloved by generations, “Bambi” holds the No. 3 spot on the American Film Institute’s “10 Top 10,” honoring the 10 greatest animated films of all time. The timeless tale features an adorable young deer named Bambi who explores the wonders and challenges of the woods with his playful pal Thumper, the lovable skunk Flower, and wise Friend Owl — and ultimately fulfills his destiny as prince of the forest.
This rerelease of “Bambi” already is available on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. Customers can take it home on Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Tuesday. The new bonus features include:
** The Bambi Effect — “Bambi” was full of innovations for its time. Let’s take a look at how those past innovations affected future Disney animated titles all the way up to today.
** Studio Stories: “Bambi” — Recordings of Walt Disney. Listen in on intimate moments where he discusses the challenges, pitfalls and triumphs during the production of “Bambi.”
** Deleted Scene: Bambi’s Ice and Snow — Bambi coaxes Thumper and his brothers and sisters to come play on the ice during the first snow.
** Deleted Scene: The Grasshopper — A grasshopper confronts Bambi and Thumper and finds himself in quite a predicament.
** Bambi Fawn Facts — Think you know everything there is to know about Bambi and his forest companions? Well, it’s time to discover some fun real-life facts about the creatures that live in the forest he calls home.
** Oswald The Lucky Rabbit: “Africa Before Dark” — Oswald Short.
** Celebrating Tyrus Wong (Digital Exclusive) — A heartfelt look at the man who played a key role in the success of “Bambi.” Much like Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle, Tyrus Wong had a unique signature style all to his own. The soft water-colored backgrounds and beautiful palettes in “Bambi” were inspired by Tyrus’ concept art paintings.
The classic bonus features include:
** Deleted Scenes — Two Leaves, Bambi Stuck on a Reed, Winter Grass, Twitterpated
** The Making of Bambi: A Prince is Born
** Story: Telling the Tale
** Characters: Drawn to Nature
** Actors: Giving Voice to Animals
** Art Design: Impressions of the Forest
** Music: Nature’s Symphony
** History: Back to the Beginning
** Trick of the Trade (Excerpt)
** Inside the Disney Archives
** The Old Mill: Animated Short
** Original Theatrical Trailer
** The Golden Age
Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.