Director: David Hand
Starring: John Sutherland, Paula Winslowe, Sterling Holloway (voices)
Box Office: $270m
Plot: Seminal Disney animation from the golden era. Bambi the fawn negotiates woodland friendships and romantic entanglements, while easing into the role of The Great Prince Of The Forest. Successive generations are permanently scarred by the death of Bambi’s mother.
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Bambi II (2006)
Director: Brian Pimental
Starring: Alexander Gould, Patrick Stewart, Andrea Bowen (voices)
Plot: A so-called “midquel”, this takes place while Bambi is still young (the original film covered four stages of his life, through to adulthood) and is basically about little Bambi learning to be brave in order to impress his father. And who wouldn’t want to impress Captain Picard? Part of the film happens on Groundhog Day, but doesn’t involve the little fawn reliving his mother’s death over and over. That would just be cruel. Of course, Disney have made a dungeon-full of these DTV sequels, including Jungle Book II, Lady and the Tramp II, 101 Dalmatians II and Cinderella II. Terrence Malick adapted his The New World from Pocahontas II.*
*We’ve possibly got that wrong.