Saturday, August 13, 2022

Bambi at 80


Disney's Bambi premiered 80 years ago. Originally not a boxoffice success, it now ranks among the most beautiful films of all time. The film's opening multiplane scene through the forest with its haunting musical choir arrangement leaves me speechless each time I watch it. And the character animation is -I said this before- poetry in motion. 

Earlier this week the BBC aired a great interview with Bambi's voice actor Donnie Dunagen. Now at age 87, he still remembers vividly his association with the character and the film. It is well worth listening to:

A newspaper scrapbook page from Dunagen's own collection.

In 2011 I had the chance to spend time with Donnie Dunagen, when he was promoting the film's release on Bluray.