Bambi (1942)

USA, 1937-
70m, 1,907.74 metres, 7 reels
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.33:1
mono, 3 Channel Stereo, English

An American animated fantasy film directed by David D. Hand.

Plot Summary

, a young , is orphaned and learns how to survive thanks to the other of the forest. When return to the forest, Bambi must lead the other deer to safety.


Supervising Director: David D. Hand
Copyright MCMXLII [1942] Walt Disney Productions
Walt Disney presents a Walt Disney production
Story Direction: Perce Pearce
Story Adaptation: Larry Morey
From the Story by: Felix Salten
Story Development: George Stallings, Melvin Shaw, Carl Fallberg, Chuck Couch, Ralph Wright
Sequence Directors: James Algar, Bill Roberts, Norman Wright, Sam Armstrong, Paul Satterfield, Graham Heid
Supervising Animators: Franklin Thomas, Milton Kahl, Eric Larson, Oliver M. Johnston Jr
Animators: Fraser Davis, Preston Blair, Bill Justice, John Bradbury, Don Lusk, Bernard Garbutt, Retta Scott, Joshua Meador, Kenneth Hultgren, Phil Duncan, Kenneth O'Brien, George Rowley, Louis Schmitt, Art Palmer, Art Elliott
Backgrounds: Marle T. Cox, Tyrus Wong, W. Richard Anthony, Art Riley, Stan Spohn, Robert Mcintosh, Ray Huffine, Travis Johnson, Ed Levitt, Joe Stahley
Photography: Chuck Wheeler *
Music by: Frank Churchill, Edward Plumb
Conducted by: Alexander Steinert
Orchestration by: Charles Wolcott, Paul J. Smith
Choral Arrangements by: Charles Henderson
RCA Sound System
Art Direction: Thomas A. Codrick, Robert C. Cormack, Al Zinnen, McLaren Stewart, Lloyd Harting, David Hilberman, John Hubley, Dick Kelsey
To Sidney A. Franklin – our sincere appreciation for his inspiring collaboration

Bobby Stewart, Donnie Dunagan, Hardie Albright, John Sutherland [Bambi – uncredited]
Peter Behn [Thumper – uncredited]
Paula Winslowe [Bambi's mother – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Banbi – Japan
Walt Disney's Bambi – advertising title

Bambi II (2006)

Includes extracts from
Pinocchio (1940)

Extracts included in
100 Greatest Cartoons (2005)
AFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres (2008)
AFI's 100 Years… 100 Heroes & Villains (2003)
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969)
Becoming Enchanted: A New Classic Comes True (2008)
The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic (1991)
Celebrating Dumbo (2001)
Dali & Disney: A Date with Destino (2010)
A Disney Christmas Gift (1983)
The Disney Family Album: Frank Thomas (1985)
The Disney Family Album: Marc Davis (1985)
The Disney Family Album: Milt Kahl (1984)
The Disney Family Album: The Storymen (1986)
The Disney Family Album: Voice Actors (1985)
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Very Merry Christmas Songs (1988)
Disney Through the Decades (2001)
Dreams Come True: A Celebration of Disney Animation (2009)
DTV Monster Hits (1987)
DTV Valentine (1986)
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
The Essential Goof (2002)
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (1995)
Frank and Ollie (1995)
From Walt's Table: A Tribute to Disney's Nine Old Men (2005)
Inside Pixar (2013)
Inside Walt's Story Meetings (2005)
It All Started with a Mouse: The Disney Story (1989)
Laserdisc Memories: Bambi (2011)
The Making of Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2002)
The Making of Bambi (1994)
The Making of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
The Making of Pocahontas: A Legend Comes to Life (1995)
The Making of The Lion King (1994)
The Man Behind the Duck (2004)
Mickey's 50 (1978)
The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song (1992)
Once Upon a Mouse (1981)
The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
Screen Test: 30 July 1976
Screen Test: 6 January 1977
Screen Test: 21 December 1982
Screen Test: 21 November 1984
Secret Lives: Walt Disney (1995)
The Story Behind Walt Disney's Fun and Fancy Free (1997)
Studio Tour (2002)
Totally Minnie (1988)
The Ultimate Film (2004)
The Voice Behind the Mouse (2004)
The Walt Disney Christmas Show (1951)
The Walt Disney Story (1973)
Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (2001)



  • Starlog no.330 (January 2005) p.17 – illustrated interview with Donnie Dunagan (Deer me by Tom Weaver
  • Video Watchdog no.112 (October 2004) pp.22-45 – illustrated interview with Donnie Dunagan (“Here's to a Son of the House of Frankenstein!” – The Donnie Dunagan Interview by Tom Weaver)


  • ABC 12 September 1950 pp.29-30 – review (by Donald)
  • Sur 28 December 1951 p.4 – review (Un poema: Bambi by L. C.)


  • Earth vs the Sci-fi Filmmakers: Twenty Interviews by Tom Weaver pp.86-113 – illustrated interview with Donnie Dunagan
  • The RKO Features by James L. Neibaur p.18 – credits, synopsis
  • RKO Radio Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1929-1956by Michael R. Pitts p.22-23
  • by Walt Lee p.25 – credits

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide March 2018 pp.40, 46 – illustrated listings