When Bambi was released, the U.S. was already immersed in World War II and the European market was closed, so, like its predecessors (with the exception of Dumbo), it didn't make much money in its initial run. But, like with any true masterpiece, time has been kind to this film – and it’s fairly easy to see why. Bambi is a triumph in character animation and the level of detail in each animal is astonishing. You need just a glimpse to appreciate the leaps and bounds by which the animation had evolved since Snow White. To watch Bambi truly is to look at a work of art. However, even if it is beautiful to look at, without an interesting story it wouldn’t be of any use. Fortunately, Bambi not only delivers a very emotional story but also tackles complex themes like death, loss and maturity in a superb way that speaks to children and adults alike. More that 70 years have passed, but Bambi’s power and influence is anything but gone. Rating: 5/5.
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