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ambi is the wobbly legged fawn who will someday inherit the title of "Great Prince of the Forest." For now, though, he has his mother to teach him the secrets of survival, and his pals, Thumper and Flower, to help him explore the secret of fun. But, too soon, man's arrival in the forest will bring Bambi's carefree days to a tragic end. If he's to endure the harsh winter, he'll have to learn how to stand alone. Even then, it will only be his first life challenge, as the coming spring heralds the new dangers of finding and protecting a mate. More than Bambi's life, the very survival of the forest could hang in the balance of the young prince's courage.

"Bambi" is based on a book published in 1928 by the Viennese author Felix Salten. The naturalistic animation in "Bambi" was significantly aided by a pair of four-month-old fawns sent to the studio by Maine game wardens. Human models were also used for one scene: Actress Jane Randolph and Ice Capades star Donna Atwood acted as live-action references for Bambi and Thumper's misadventure on ice.

Film: "Bambi" (1942)
Voice Artists: Bobby Stewart, Donnie Dunagan, Hardy Albright, John Sutherland

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