BAMBI [Jaysen Headley’s Vault Disney Project #5 Companion]

No new Arnold film this week. In its place will be select films from the Asian American International Film Festival 2015, BUT, I’ve decided to break up my posts, instead of basically putting TWO in one,… think it’s easier to digest right?

This post is a companion to Jaysen Headley’s Vault Disney Project.
JUMP for more info.

Click HERE for Jaysen’s thoughts on the 5th Vault Disney film, other wise, here’s mine:


Here are some random thoughts, questions and observations as I watched.

Thumper seems like a real child. All the little animal children do actually. Thumper is so cute and charming. His voice is the best; the inflection.

When Thumper is in trouble with his mom, he gets this very lethargic look, like he’s wasted or exhausted; eyes half closed.

I wondered if Bambi might be gay.

The animation and water color look is great.

Faline is obnoxious!

Jaysen just brought the music to my attention, but yeah,.. wow. The use of music to guide the audience and tell the story is pretty amazing. It’s just awesome. It’s as if a conductor is conducting the film’s mood and movement.

Why are Bambi’s eyes red? Is he high? or a Terminator?

I swear, they’re MUCH redder in the film!

Awe man, the impending death of Bambi’s mom,.. ugh. Kinda heartbreaking. You almost hope that maybe this time it doesn’t happen. Knowing it’s gonna happen sucks.

Why is Bambi’s father so absent?

Oh crap, it’s spring, Flower is male?!? Oh, didn’t remember that. Whoops.

Thumper, at first looked exactly the same as he did before, except with a lower voice,

but then, at one point when he meets the female rabbit, looks kind sickly, old, and withered. Maybe he’s retained some of his baby fat, but shows his age in some ways. Just an observation.

Perhaps to distinguish male from female characters, some of the female characters seem hyper feminine and aggressively flirtatious.

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I suppose it is spring, and the relationships between men and women are supposed to show their nature as animals, in the ‘circle of life’ in the form of coupling and ‘mating season.’

It’s interesting that the antagonist of the film is man. I wonder if when the film was made, the film was meant to say something about hunting. Oh, and forest fires, which in many cases cause by man as well.

How is Bambi able to fight off like 8 dogs?

Man, the early Disney films like family dramas, with some cute and fun moments, but ‘dead’ serious.

The Circle of Life,… not a great capture,.. color/brightness is off, should be more glorious, ha ha,.. but you get the point.

It’s totally making me think of the Lion King. structurally, and thematically, very much the same. I think with the later films, there are still those elements I mentioned, except that the fun in the films have been expanded upon, especially with the addition of more lyrical songs in a film. Adding more singing and songs, also made them more kid friendly.


Jaysen Headley asked me to re-watch every Disney Vault film in chronological order with him. We’re gonna try to watch atleast one a week if not 2. He’ll be writing a blog to accompany this project, and I will post a companion to it.

Jaysen Headley’s introductory blog post about his Disney Vault project!

It’s a fun project! And I’m also mixing in other older films Jaysen had never seen. Right now, we’re working on Arnold Schwarzenegger & Mission: Impossible films!

Jaysen Headley’s Vault Disney: The Others Project Jaysen also started a sister project for other Disney films that are not considered part of the animated Vault called Vault Disney: The Others, which I will also be posting a companion for.

Asian American Film Lab presents The 72 Hour Shootout 2015 at the Asian American International Film Festival [AAIFF]

I will be skipping Vault Disney #6-10, and will start up again at #11, BUT will also be simultaneously starting the companion to Jaysen’s Vault Disney Project, SISTER project, Vault Disney: The Others #1, which will be some of the ‘other’ Disney films not considered part of the animated Vaults.

But see Jaysen’s posts here:
#6 Saludos Amigos
#7 The Three Caballeros
#8 Make Mine Music
#9 Fun and Fancy Free
#10 Melody Time

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