Disney movies were pretty much all I watched as a kid but Bambi never was one of my favourites which is weird considering love animals since I can remember. To be honest, I'm not even sure if I ever watched the entire film before because other than Bambi's mother dying, I could remember nothing.
Or maybe it's because this film is pretty plotless. This young deer gets his mother killed by a hunter, he befriends other animals, he learns the skills needed to survive and finds love. But it's not all roses, hunters come back and he must save the other deers.
I usually wouldn't complain about a lack of plot, especially in a movie like Bambi. I mean, it deals with plenty of important topics such as death, friendship, love and growing-up/what it means to be an adult. This time, however, I really felt the lack of a story. A baby deer growing up just wasn't enough for me. It might be cute at first, but then it gets boring.
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Also, I didn't find the film neither charming, inventive or emotional. This is probably just me, but I didn't connect with the story or characters. There's plenty of action and some dramatic tension but I didn't feel anything. I didn't cry like most people do (or say they do).
The characters are cute and lovable, sure, but they aren't that charming to be remembered. I really liked the rabbit and the polecat but I can barely remember their names.
On the upper hand, there's the animation. It looks aged (it's 75-year-old, after all) but it's still beautiful, especially the scenery, and probably the best thing about Bambi.