Here's where I normally mention that, aside from horror films, animated features are my true cinematic passion. But it seems a bit silly to try and explain why a movie freak would be so sincerely excited to sit down and rediscover the 1942 Disney classic 'Bambi' on Blu-ray ... so let's just get to the point: This is something special.

The film is, of course, one of the Disney studio's undisputed classics. Full of warmth and sweetness, but also danger and sadness, it's a film that's broken the hearts and lifted the spirits of kids and adults for almost 70 years. Much smarter film critics than myself have explained why 'Bambi' is an almost ethereally beautiful family film, as much for its visual and emotional beauty as for its now-infamous question of "is the death of a "cartoon" parent too extreme an idea for a child to handle?" And that's where much of the magic lies: in the Disney artists' ability to make animals seem (mostly) human and in their (amazing) ability to make us care about "cartoon animals" so darn much. For a hundred reasons, both simplistic and staggeringly powerful, 'Bambi' is a true-blue classic, not just of animation, but of filmmaking in general. We all know this.

But now we get to the goodies:
Bambi Movie Poster
In Theaters on 1942

In a classic Disney animation, a fawn named Bambi joins his new friends, a young rabbit named Thumper... Read More