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75th Anniversary of 'Bambi' Earns Signature Blu-ray Treatment

2 May, 2017 By: John Latchem

Disney’s Bambi, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is coming to the Walt Disney Signature Collection with new bonus material. A Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere release is slated for May 23, followed by Blu-ray, DVD and on-demand June 6.

New extras include recordings of Walt Disney discussing the production; deleted scenes and characters; and stories and effects that Bambi had on the studio, other films and artists. The Digital HD version will also include an exclusive featurette about artist Tyrus Wong, who inspired the film’s soft watercolor backgrounds.

Bambi will become the fourth film in the premium Signature Collection, following Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast and Pinocchio.

Bonus material from previous home video releases will 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”; and “History: Back To The Beginning” — “Trick Of The Trade” (Excerpt), “Inside The Disney Archives,” “The Old Mill: Animated Short,” “Original Theatrical Trailer” and “The Golden Age.”

New bonus material includes:

• “The Bambi Effect” — A featurette that looks at how innovations in making the film affected future Disney animated titles all the way up to today.

• “Studio Stories: Bambi” — Recordings of Walt Disney discussing 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 — Fun real-life facts about the creatures that live in the forest Bambi calls home.

• “Africa Before Dark” — A short starring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

• Digital Exclusive: Celebrating Tyrus Wong — A heartfelt look at the man who played a key role in the success of Bambi. Much like Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle, Wong had a unique signature style all to his own. The soft water-colored backgrounds and beautiful palettes in Bambi were inspired by Wong’s concept art paintings.

About the Author: John Latchem

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