As we keep on going with this wonderful virus, I wanted to come up with an idea that would give me something to do as I wait for actual work to show up. Then I had an idea. A few years ago I did a list of my favorite characters. I set the list to 20, and yet commented that there were plenty of others that I could have put there. So for the month of April every day I will spotlight a character I love. It can be from anything-TV, movies, comic books…whatever. Let’s start today with an old childhood favorite!
As a kid I had never been the biggest Disney movie fan. I grew up in the 80’s where Disney had lost respect with their new released. Yeah the classics were there, but I only liked Snow White snow much and HATED Pinocchio. I do however remember seeing Bambi in theares during a re-release. The characters are dull and mother killing trauma aside, there was one thing about that movie that I absolutely adored.
Evetime I went do Disney World I had ot buy a new Thumper plush. Don’t as me why I was never able to hold on to them. There was just something about this little guy that I loved. That scene where and he and Bambi are playing on the idea is one of my favorite scenes in a Disney movie. He’s cute, but smart to in a wiseacre kind of way. He thinks he knows it all until he realizes maybe he doesn’t. At the same is very respectful, remembering what his father has told him and obeying his mother.
I may have mentioned before that I hated the romance section of that movie, it was so forced and way to over the top. And yes that includes Thumper, who was as boring as the other characters when he’s grown up. I watched his scene again to see if maybe I wouldn't mind it with adult eyes. And I think I got a cavity. Seriously except for Thumper and Flower what was up with that movie and not bothering to give any of their characters identities? We had asshole deer, female love interest, and assorted other animals who never got named. Did the Owl have one? Sometimes I get the feeling with early Disney they were more concerned with the pretty animation than telling a good story.
Ok off on a tangent there. I did see Bambi 2 and liked some of the retcons it did, like giving an identity to the mystery deer from the first movie that Bambi fought. That scene was so boring since this was a no named deer who had never been introduced, so I had zero investment. Bambi II wasn’t great but for a Disney sequel it wasn’t god awful. It told a story which I think made sense, what happened after Bambi went off with his father? The first film just jump ahead like the previous scene never happened.
Well there you have, one of my favorite Disney characters ever. I’ll probably keep doing these for now so see ya tomorrow. And remember, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all"