Almost 65 years later, a
sequel to Bambi was released but as we all know, the original Bambi had
a beginning, a middle and an end. So Bambi 2 fits somewhere in the
middle of the first movie in terms of continuity and at times is almost
a recap of the original story.
As opposed to the original story, this midstory of Bambi focuses on the relationship between Bambi and his
powerful father, played by the delightful Patrick Stewart (Star Trek the
Next Generation) whom our young fawn seeks protection after the death of his mother.
However Bambi's father, the Great Prince of the Forest is not your archetype
father but rather is a teacher for his son as he attempts to show his
son how to act like a real prince should. Needless to say, after quite a few close
calls, Bambi's father is quite disapproving of his young son which is
where Thumper and Flower come to the rescue. Not only do Thumper and
Flower offer some much needed light-hearted entertainment but they help
in creating a great link to the original 1942 story.
Beginning of the Spring
Bambi, his antagonist is Ronno, an older fawn who is more bully than
friend. To further complicate things for Bambi, his father has moved on with
another deer and from there things go from bad to worse that involves
chase scenes, fights and human hunters.
But in classic Bambi
fashion, the story does
work itself out and although the story is not as magical as the
original, it's still an entertaining journey about this young fawn
destined to become the Great Prince of the Forest. The highlight of
Bambi 2 for me is the resolution of the relationship between Bambi and his
father that is actually quite moving at the end and proves that this
powerful deer is not the disciplined heartless father that he portrays to
the animals of the forest.
Learning to be brave
Video, Audio & Special Features
In terms of animations, Bambi 2 moves into the world of CGI and unlike
the original film which is dateless, old CGI unfortunately stands out a
little more. There are some nice animated scenes but overall, it lacks
that originality of the original. On Blu-ray however, there are vibrant
colours and sharp images which is probably why some of the CGI stands out,
due to the quality of the release. For audio, Bambi 2 supports a 5.1
sound track that does use the surround aspect of the sound quite well.
Audio is clear as is the music and the sound effects.
Lastly, we have some interesting special
features that include games, for the children, a deleted song from the
movie and some additional featurettes on how the legacy of Bambi is
furthered by this movie.
Friend Owl's Forest
"Sing the Day"
The Legacy Continues
Disney Sketch Pad
Thumper's Hurry &
Bambi's Trivia Track
All in all, Bambi 2 is
an interesting and entertaining movie but compared to the original,
unfortunately it's light is not as bright. Nonetheless an interesting
take on a true Hollywood classic!
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