The film that makes little kids (and grown adults) cry.
Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield and Norman Wright
Best quote: ‘Faster! Faster, Bambi! Don’t look back! Keep running! Keep running!’
Defining moment: Bambi and his mother graze peacefully in a clearing. Her ears prick up. Something’s not right. A gunshot rings out. They run for their lives.
For lots of us, ‘Bambi’ is so many firsts: the first time we cried in the theatre, when... you know when; the first time we realised that really bad things happen to adorably cute deer. In 1942, Walt Disney described ‘Bambi’ as ‘the best picture I have ever made, and the best ever to come out of Hollywood.’ Today, it still has friends in high places.
‘Toy Story’ director John Lasseter and the Pixar crew are huge fans, arguing that, from boy to buckhood, ‘Bambi’ contains some of Disney’s most charming animation (Walt set up a small zoo at the studio for his team to study the animals). And in the roll call of Disney supporting actors, Thumper the rabbit is an all-time great. Despite its reputation for being sentimental, the film’s closing scene – Bambi abandons his mate and newborn twin fawns to join his father in the forest – is as un-Disney as it gets. Cath Clarke