Bambi II

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Bambi II
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DVD cover
Directed by Brian Pimental
Produced by
Screenplay byAlicia Kirk
Story by
Based on Characters created
by Felix Salten
Starring
Music by Bruce Broughton
Edited by
  • Jeremy Milton
  • Mark Solomon
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • January 26, 2006 (2006-01-26)(Argentina)
  • February 7, 2006 (2006-02-07)(United States)
Running time
75 minutes
Country
  • United States
  • Australia
  • Philippines
LanguageEnglish
Box office$34.9 Million [1]

Bambi II (also known as Bambi and the Great Prince of the Forest) is a 2006 American animated drama film directed by Brian Pimental and produced by the Australian office of DisneyToon Studios, animation production by DisneyToon Studios Sydney, Australia and Toon City Animation, Inc., Manila, Philippines, that initially premiered in theaters in Argentina on January 26, 2006, before being released as a direct-to-video title in the United States on February 7, 2006. It is a followup to the 1942 film Bambi .

In film and television, drama is a genre of narrative fiction intended to be more serious than humorous in tone. Drama of this kind is usually qualified with additional terms that specify its particular subgenre, such as "police crime drama", "political drama", "legal drama", "historical period drama", "domestic drama", "teen drama", or "comedy-drama". These terms tend to indicate a particular setting or subject-matter, or else they qualify the otherwise serious tone of a drama with elements that encourage a broader range of moods.

Brian Pimental is an American veteran story artist, director and screenwriter of animated films. He is best known for directing Bambi II.

Disneytoon Studios American animation studio, a division of Walt Disney Animation Studios

Disneytoon Studios (DTS), originally Disney MovieToons and was also Disney Video Premieres, was an American animation studio which created direct-to-video and occasional theatrical animated feature films. The studio was a division of Walt Disney Animation Studios, with both being part of The Walt Disney Studios, itself a division of The Walt Disney Company. The studio produced 47 feature films, beginning with DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp in 1990. Its final feature film was Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast in 2015.

Contents

The film mainly takes place after the scene in the original Bambi film where Bambi's mother dies, and before the scene wherein Bambi is shown as a young adult buck. The film is mainly about The Great Prince of the Forest, who has to take care of Bambi after his mother is killed. The rest of the film mainly focuses on Bambi's efforts to earn his father's love for him. It was first titled Bambi and the Great Prince, but was renamed Bambi and the Great Prince of the Forest and later Bambi II.

Plot

After his mother is shot and killed by a hunter, Bambi bumps into the Great Prince, who takes him to the den. The Great Prince asks Friend Owl to find a doe to raise Bambi, but Friend Owl tells him that the does can barely feed themselves. The Great Prince has to take care of Bambi for a while.

Bambi (character) fictional deer from Saltens Bambi, A Life in the Woods

Bambi is the title character in Felix Salten's 1923 novel Bambi, a Life in the Woods and its sequel Bambi's Children, as well as the Disney animated films Bambi and Bambi II. The character of Bambi also appears in Salten's novels Perri and Fifteen Rabbits.

Sometime later, the Great Prince allows Bambi to be with Thumper and Flower. At the groundhog ceremony, Bambi meets up with Faline. The Groundhog is coaxed out of his hole, only to be scared back in by Ronno, who tries to impress Faline with stories of his encounter with Man. When Bambi believes the story, Ronno is about to fight Bambi until he is called away by his mother.

Thumper (Bambi) Disney Bambi character

Thumper is a fictional rabbit character from Disney's animated films Bambi and Bambi II. He is known and named for his habit of thumping his left hind foot. The young adult version of Thumper also appears at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as a meetable character.

Faline is a fictional character in Felix Salten's 1923 novel Bambi, a Life in the Woods and its sequel Bambi's Children, as well as in the Disney animated films Bambi and Bambi II. Her mother is Ena. First shown as a fawn and later as a young adult doe, Faline's role is as Bambi's friend and later mate.

When the others leave, Bambi falls asleep waiting for his father. He wakes up to what appears be his mother's voice, which calls him into a meadow, but it turns out to be an ambush by Man. The Great Prince comes to Bambi's rescue and both of them escape, but Bambi is yelled at for endangering himself. Days later, Bambi informs Thumper and Flower about his wish to impress his father. They decide to help Bambi be brave, but while doing so, they encounter a porcupine, who sticks his quills into Bambi's backside. Ronno and Faline, hearing the commotion, investigate; Bambi sees Ronno bothering Faline and gets into a fight with him. Ronno chases Bambi and Thumper through the forest until Bambi leaps over a large ravine to safety. The Great Prince, having seen the whole thing, is impressed by this feat. Ronno, jealous of the young prince, tries to jump over the chasm himself, but falls in, thwarted for now.

Porcupine Rodent with a coat of sharp spines

Porcupines are large rodents with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that protect against predators. The term covers two families of animals, the Old World porcupines of family Hystricidae, and the New World porcupines of family Erethizontidae. Both families belong to the infraorder Hystricognathi within the profoundly diverse order Rodentia and display superficially similar coats of quills: despite this, the two groups are distinct from each other and are not closely related to each other within the Hystricognathi.

The next day, Thumper encourages Bambi to talk to the Great Prince, and the two connect. The Great Prince allows Bambi to come along with him on his patrols, and as the two get closer, Friend Owl approaches them and introduces them to Mena, a doe that he has selected as Bambi's new mother. Bambi realizes the Great Prince had planned on sending him away and snaps at his father, while the Great Prince concludes that he is not meant to raise Bambi. Bambi sadly accepts the change.

On the way to Mena's den, Ronno shows up to taunt Bambi again. The two get into another fight that sets off one of Man's traps, alerting Man. Bambi saves Mena by leading Man's dogs away from her, and the Great Prince arrives. The dogs chase Bambi, and his friends help him fend them off. Bambi evades all but one of the dogs. Bambi kicks the other dog off a cliff, but falls off as well. Everyone grieves him until Bambi reveals he is still alive, and he and the Great Prince reconcile.

Sometime later, Thumper shares his version of the chase with the rest of his friends, and Bambi, whose antlers have just grown in, enjoys the tall tale with Faline. Ronno appears and vows vengeance on both of them before being bitten on the nose by a turtle and runs off. Bambi meets up with the Great Prince, who shows him the field where he first met his mother.

Cast

Alexander Gould American actor, voice artist, producer, director, and screenwriter

Alexander Jerome Gould is an American actor. He is best known for voicing Nemo in the 2003 animated film Finding Nemo. He also voiced Bambi in Bambi II. Gould played Twitch in How to Eat Fried Worms and Shane Botwin in the Showtime series Weeds.

Patrick Stewart English film, television and stage actor

Sir Patrick Stewart is an English actor whose work has included roles on stage, television, and film in a career spanning almost six decades. He has been nominated for Olivier, Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, and Saturn Awards throughout his career.

Nicholas Peter Jones is an American former voice actor.

Release

While the film was a direct-to-video release in many countries, including the United States, Canada, China, Japan, and Taiwan, it was a theatrical release in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Austria, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Australia and some other European countries.

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The film was officially the last Disney animated movie to be released on VHS, with the exception of Disney Movie Club Exclusives.

Reception

The film sold 2.6 million DVDs in its first week in the United States. [2] It would also later on, win an Annie Award, for Best Home Entertainment Production, at the 34th Annual Annie Awards. Reviews for it were generally mixed; it currently holds a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. [3]

Soundtrack

Bambi II's musical score includes instrumental pieces by Bruce Broughton, and new vocal songs by several noted artists, including Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, and Anthony Callea. Coinciding with the film's DVD release, the soundtrack was released by Walt Disney Records in the United States on February 7, 2006. Produced by Matt Walker, the CD includes nine songs from the film, as well as three tracks from Bambi. [4] "Sing the Day" was written for the "Running Brave" sequence in Bambi II, but unused. [5]

  1. "There Is Life" (Alison Krauss) – 2:19
  2. "First Sign of Spring" – (Michelle Lewis) – 3:49
  3. "Through Your Eyes" – (Martina McBride) – 4:07
  4. "The Healing of a Heart" – (Anthony Callea) – 2:43
  5. "Snow Flakes in the Forest" – (Bruce Broughton) – 1:40
  6. "Bambi's Dream" (Broughton) – 1:27
  7. "Being Brave (Part 1)" (Broughton) – 1:22
  8. "Being Brave (Part 2)" (Broughton) – 1:13
  9. "Bambi and the Great Prince/End Credit Suite" (Broughton) – 3:34
  10. "Sing the Day" (Anika Noni Rose, Harrison Chad, Marcus Carl Franklin, Leon Thomas and Chorus) – 1:53
  11. "Main Title (Love is a Song)" (Donald Novis) – 2:56
  12. "Little April Shower" (Chorus) – 3:54
  13. "Let's Sing a Gay Little Spring Song" (Chorus) – 1:44

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  5. Bambi II soundtrack album booklet