Bambi II
G
Entertainment: +4
Acceptability: +3

FILM SYNOPSIS: This new animated release comes to DVD February 7.

After his mothers death, Bambi is reunited with his father, The Great Prince, who must now raise the young fawn and teach him the ways of the forest. The proud parent discovers that there is much that he can learn from his spirited young son. Thumper, Flower and Owl return to meet new friends as Bambis legacy continues.

PREVIEW REVIEW: I was completely surprised by this screening. Generally, any childrens cartoon movie with a II behind the title is a stinker. Whats more, Disney has chosen to take it directly to DVD release. Thats usually not a good sign, either. But I found this to be charming, a real delight. The main ingredients found in the classic Disney toons are the deceptively simple animation, and the kid voices. While computer generation is making it possible for cartoonists to do more visually, the older films have a look and style that warms the heart. And the right casting of voices is essential in aiding the storytelling. Classic animation like the original Charlie Browns Christmas or the first Bambi make perfect use of cute voices that involve you in what theyre saying. These two components are perfectly balanced in this new offering.

Full of life lessons that address the death of a parent, the need for father and son bonding, and a respect for Gods creatures, the filmmakers have given audiences an entertaining film that is both insightful for children and engaging for Mom and Pop. Full of humor, action and pretty pictures, Bambi II, like its predecessor, is a treasure.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Summary
Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: mild (there are a couple of scary moments when the lead and others are chased by ferocious dogs; we hear a gun shot one time)
Sexual Intercourse: young love blossoms as Bambi rubs noses with his doe-friend
Nudity: Please, theyre animals
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: at the beginning, the little ones will learn of the death of Bambis mom. Parents should view with their children in order to reassure. The film also shows a bully and the aloofness of a father until he learns life lessons from his son.
Running Time: 73 minutes
Intended Audience: Little ones and their parents

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