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Disney’s Timeless Classic #Bambi Coming to Blu-Ray March 1, 2011

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Walt Disney’s BAMBI Blu-Ray Diamond Edition

Releases from The Disney Vault on March 1, 2011

As morning light breaks across the meadow, a young deer named Bambi is born and hailed as ‘Prince of the Forest.’ Soon Bambi emerges from the thicket on wobbly legs, much to the delight of his new friends, Thumper, the playful rabbit, and Flower, the bashful yet lovable skunk. But the fun of nibbling on fresh blossoms and frolicking through the woods is only the beginning. Exploring his new world, and guided by the wisdom of Friend Owl,Bambi learns valuable life lessons with every adventure – experiencing the power of friendship, family, and love along the away.

BAMBI was Walt Disney’s fifth animated full-length feature film which released in 1942 during World War II and took approximately five years in the making due to the exquisite artwork and attention to detail of each and every scene, character and figure.  The artwork itself was created by some of the legendary “nine old men,” including Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Marc Davis, Milt Kahl and Eric Larson and in order to achieve the film’s unprecedented level of realism, animators modeled anatomical studies using live animals (including a pair of fawns named Bambi and Faline) and imbued each with a uniquely endearing personality. Bambi’s delightful forest home received the same painstaking attention to detail, as background artists painted hundreds of landscapes based on extensive field research and nature photographs.

Bambi is probably easily one of the most watched classic Disney movies ever.  I know I had it memorized by heart, and Elton John even mentioned it in our interview a few weeks ago!  BAMBI is actually No. 3 on the list of American Film Institute’s Top 10 Animated Films of All Time!

On March 1st, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release BAMBI Diamond Edition on Blu-ray!  I’m so excited – Disney was kind enough to send me the DVD/Blu-Ray Combo to get Whistler’s Disney Movie collection started.  Bambi was definitely on my top 10 list!  I think Whistler and I will spend this rainy afternoon watching it :)

The new BAMBI Diamond Edition will be available as a 2-Disc Disney Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) for the suggested retail price of $39.99 US/$46.99 Canada, a High Definition Movie Download for the suggested retail price of $19.99 US/$39.99 Canada, and/or a Standard Definition Movie Download for the suggested retail price of $14.99 US/$24.99 Canada.  (If you want to own the standard definition DVD version of BAMBI, you’ll need to wait seven additional weeks – until April 19, 2011.)

Fun Fact: Disney’s new “Second Screen” technology, is being introduced for the very first time on the BAMBI Diamond Edition release.  Just download the new Disney Second Screen App onto an internet-connected computer or iPad and sync it to the movie while watching.  You will then be able to engage in fun interactive elements like animated flipbooks, galleries, photos, trivia and more.

For those of you that are fans of this sweet little deer and his best bunny buddy, I’ve got a few fun activities and clips for you to share with your children!  (or even if it’s just for you, I won’t tell anyone :))

Download a zip file full of fun activity and coloring sheets by clicking on the banner below:

Draw Thumper

Learn how to draw Bambi and Thumper from celebrated Disney Animator, Andreas Deja! These videos are super cool. Fun fact: When I was a kid, I was obsessed with drawing Disney cartoons. Bambi was actually one of my very first – here is a scan of my drawing from 1989 (yes, almost 22 years ago!). I didn’t even have an instructional video like these to help out :)

Not bad for a 14 year old, eh?

Disclaimer: Disney provided me with the movie Bambi on Blu-Ray/DVD for purposes of this review.  No other type of compensation was received and this in no way affects the opinions and thoughts expressed above.  Which, by the way, are 100% all mine :)

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