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Bambi

Year: 1942
Studio: Disney
Director: David Hand
Not many people realise the film that epitomised the Disney studio for many (and still does today) was based on a novel, but then most Disney films were, a traditional that continued to the medium's failing health in the early twenty first century in the face of computer generated animation.

Part of the perceived golden age of Disney, along with movies like Fantasia, Snow White and Dumbo, we also have warm collective memories of Bambi and the simplistic emotions it invoked in its target audience (kids and the kids inside adults).

It was also a simpler time when big media companies made entertainment and nothing more, when their CEOs weren't being dragged into legal action, where their infighting didn't make the front page of Variety and where their merchandising operations weren't swirling with horror stories about sweatshop labour.

The enduring theme of suddenly having to make your own way in a cruel, hard world is bought to life in the young fawn who loses his mother to hunters and, with the help of part streetwise/part innocent friend Thumper, tries to make it in the wild.

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