This is not the first Blu-ray edition of Bambi, one of the finest films ever made–and that’s not just in the animated category but all films–so if you passed it over before, get it now.
If you’re into bonus features and they make you want to buy it again, this one comes with a nice postcard-sized art card reproduction of inspiration art of the legendary Tyrus Wong, who passed away last year. It has a little paper easel so it can be display. Nice touch.
There are several mini-docs worth noting, particularly “Studios Stories: Bambi” which has some photos and footage from Walt Disney’s personal family life that have either never been seen or are rarely shown. Interview audio from Walt is used to narrate.
There’s another recently uearthed Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon called “Africa Before Dark” with a marvelous, fully orchestrated new score by Mark Watters. The restoration is sto pristine it looks showroom new. What a miracle that these can actually be seen today.
Here are two other features you can preview now. Voice over great Corey Burton does an uncanny young Walt in this recreation of a Grasshopper sequence that was never used in “Bambi:”
And here’s another feature, most suitable for the younger folks who might wonder exactly why “Bambi” matters today. It’s about, well, why “Bmabi” matters today: