Bambi is such a cherished franchise for
Disney. It is fantastic to see the sequel handled with the same care.
Too often sequels do not live up to the originals. Bambi II not only
lives up to the original, it surpasses it in some regards. We are very
blessed to have received the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack to review here at
Family Friendly Gaming.
Bambi II is beautiful. The scenery, the animals, and the animation is top notch. The background images are picture perfect in every way. The animators did a fantastic job in Bambi II. There is some mild violence where deer are fighting and peril with some dogs. The deer successfully fight off the dogs on more than one occasion. There is also a dream where Bambi sees his mother - which is one of the many sad parts of this film. Bambi II will pull at the heart strings just like the original.
The voice acting in Bambi II is top notch. Patrick Stewart does an amazing job as The Great Prince. The voices of Bambi and Thumper are exceptional as well. I can hear so much emotion from their voices. They relay the thoughts that children and parents have in similar situations. All ages can find a character they can relate to in Bambi II.
Some of the bonus features on the Bambi II discs are Friend Owls Fun Forest Game, Deleted Song "Sing the Day," Hurry and Scurry Thumper's Game, A Making of Featurette, How to Draw Thumper, and Trivia Tracks. I really enjoyed the A Making of Featurette. It was so great to learn so much about this woodland adventure. I feel that Bambi II is worth the price of admission.
There are some very sad moments in Bambi II. I had tears welling up on more than instance. I was not the only one either. There are so many life lessons in Bambi II. The biggest one is dealing with death. Another is fathers spending time with their children. The Great Prince becomes a single father and wants to send Bambi away. He has to learn how to be an involved father. This is something corporate America needs to embrace - let fathers spend time with their children. Don't expect them to work themselves into an early grave for a few more dollars of profit. Families is where the real treasure is.
Disney earns high respect and regards from me. They took a beloved franchise, and continued it. They did so in a way that respects the original, and introduces a new generation to this franchise. It was a real pleasure for me to be able to review Bambi II. I think the sequel toned down the anti-human sentiment quite nicely. Man is a danger for the deer, but it did not feel as bad in Bambi II.
Family Friendly Factor: 92%
ESRB Rating: 'G' - General Audiences
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