On March 1st, 2011 a three-time Academy Award-winning film was released as BAMBI Diamond Edition on a Blu-ray/DVD combo. I was told that I saw this 1942 film when it was brought back to the theaters in 1982, but I honestly do not remember it at all. So when I watched this DVD with my children, it was like I was seeing it for the first time.
One word that can be used to describe the animals in this film is endearing, whether you are thinking about Thumper, the grumpy old owl, or Bambi himself. I found BAMBI to be a perfect movie for young children because they can easily relate to the lives of the forest animals. This includes everything from waking up in the morning, playing, eating, napping and sleeping to learning to walk, being afraid of thunder and lightning, discovering one's reflection for the first time, making new friends, and experiencing one's first snowfall and the changing of the seasons.
My children are 4, 4, and 7. Luckily, any tragedy was ambiguous enough to go right over their heads. There were some more sophisticated themes presented, such as falling in love, the destruction of fire, and the concept of hunters. These themes could open some lines of discussion, if you feel it is appropriate for your children. For any parents who are wary of showing this film to their younger children as I was, I have proven to myself that there was no need for concern. I do think that older children who are able to pick up on more things on their own are more likely to draw their own conclusions or ask questions about love, death, and hunting animals.
You can currently find BAMBI Diamond Edition on Blu-ray/DVD at most major retailers of Disney movies. If you are looking for the BAMBI Diamond Edition 2-Disc DVD, you can pre-order it now, but will have to wait until it is released next month on April 19th.
Thank you to Click-Communications for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon.