My opinion right after watching the film
My opinion right after watching the film is that I am shocked with how much I enjoy this film. I might enjoy it more than the first one. For the most part, they kept the same atmosphere and tone that the first film had, which was great, since it could have easily went the wrong way. The film seems organically structures.
Once again, there is no information on the production of this film.
Since the film is a midquel, it starts off right where the father (Patrick Stewart) of Bambi (Alexander Gould) tells him that his mother has passed away, and takes his son to his home. The father’s job as the Prince of the forest prevents him from being a hands on father, so he assists help in Friend Owl (Keith Ferguson) to find a suitable doe to raise Bambi. The season then turns to Spring to signal new beginnings and change, which was a nice touch.
We are introduced to another deer who is about Bambi’s age, named Ronno (Anthony Ghannam) who tries to impress Faline (Andrea Bowen), and to start stuff with Bambi. Ronno is trying to act tough around the others, and is not fitting in, so he lashes out at Bambi. It is clear that he is just an insecure baby. Adding him is pretty unique, since I am almost sure that he is the reindeer Bambi fights in the second half of the original. The film did not need to pull something random out of their asses to add a new element to the film, unlike the other sequels I have covered.
In the next morning, his father tells him to stay by the den, and he feels a way, since his father is not letting him go on walks with him. Thumper and Flower (Nicky Jones) soon join him, and the former attempts to teach him how to be brave……. That fails when he messes with a porcupine (Brian Pimental).
Bambi learns how to be a prince, while his father learns how to be more laidback and….. a father. Owl returns to see them having fun, and asks him if he is still sure about giving Bambi up. This apparently causes some sort of epiphany in him, since he is not on his guard, so Bambi must go. His caretaker is Mena (Cree Summer), who was a good friend of his mother. Bambi pretty much tells his father to screw off when he finds out the truth, but when he is going to be taken away, he engages into an emotional embrace with his father.
Ronno finds them, and tries to pick a fight with Bambi, who gets physical. Ronno ends up unleashing a trap, which captures Mena. Bambi’s father overhears him screaming, and decides t show up to save Bambi. He sets Mena free, only to be chased down by a bunch of wolves. Bambi ends up defeating the wolves, and stays with his father. The film ends with Bambi getting his antlers, which he shows off to everyone before he is whisked off by his father, who tells him that they are at the location where he met Bambi’s mother.
The characters are decent. Nothing special in either direction, but not a bore either.
I am actually very impressed with the animation. While it is not close to being as impressive as the original, it is the best that DisneyToons have ever done. There is a lot of textures within the forest and the waters that catch your attention. There is pretty much nothing to complain about within this film.
There are some songs, which do its job, but you are not going to remember and sing out loud. The score is soothing and calming, which is perfect for the forest the film takes place in, and the story that is being told.
Reception at Release
The film came out on February 7th, 2006 in North America, but since it was released theatrically in some places, there is a box office result. The film ended up making $34,958,637.
From what I know, people say that this is one of the better films in the canon, but I do not think many like it though. Kind of like picking a mediocre film out of a bunch of travesties.
30.5/40 = 76%