It has been many, many moons since I watched Bambi. So many moons in fact that the last time I watched it, it was on VHS! Boy-child loved it and it was watched regularly when he was little, when we still owned a video but we never managed to re-purchase the movie when we went to DVD. When I received the email asking if I wanted to do a review of Bambi AND Bambi 2 as well as host a give away I just had to say yes, it would be the perfect holiday day at home, we could invite a few friends over, cook up some popcorn and relax as we all recovered from the madness of a busy term. Of course I wasn’t planning on spending the majority of the first week of the holidays being stuck at the ‘camp from hell’ (without internet access). Now that I am back and the kids are actually home and we are all tired and grumpy, I popped in the discs for some quiet time.
We started off watching Bambi, well actually the kids watched Bambi and I made dessert. There was a lot of giggling happening as they watched and then boy-child got quiet. I heard him telling his sister that there were guns soon and he was getting ready to be sad. I hadn’t realised that girl-child had never seen the movie and he hadn’t seen it in more than 6 years, since he was 3 years old yet he knew what was about to happen! Clearly the movie had a big impact on him then and again today as tears welled in his eyes as he watched.
When Bambi was over, it was still cold out and we were all too tired to move so what did we do? We put in Bambi 2, the story behind the story from when he was growing up and the interactions he had with the other creatures of the forest as well as his dad. The kids initial thoughts on Bambi 2 was that the dad wasn’t much fun to be around, he was too serious and way too busy, he didn’t really look around to see just how awesome the things around him were. They were glad that Bambi was allowed to play with his friends and have some fun saying that “Sometimes dad’s and mum’s just have to do some work and it is just no fun for the kids to hang around”. Perhaps that is an indication of the madness of our lives during recent times, I am just glad that the kids understand that we do have to work even if it isn’t much fun some times. Even with all the seriousness of the movie, there was still plenty of laughing and both kids loved it. When the movie finished, boy-child looked over at me and said “When do we get to watch Bambi 3?”
The highlight for me? Having both kids actually watch and enjoy both movies. Seriously though, the highlight of the actual movies? Remembering twitterpated. I had forgotten the beautiful forest words for falling in love.
To win a copy of Bambi for your family, tell me your favourite twitterpated story, perhaps your first love, the first love of your child or even your favourite love story in a movie. I am lucky enough to be able to give away a few copies of these great movies. The major prize winner will receive a copy of both Bambi and Bambi 2 on DVD along with a Bambi Collectors book and CD with runner-up winners receiving a copy of Bambi on DVD. This giveaway is open to Australian residents only. Entries close on Wednesday 20th April 2011 at 8.00pm.
Created in 1943, Bambi was re-released on March 30 this year and will be available for a limited time only. Bambi 2 is a new story in the Disney collection and is also available now. I was sent a copy of these movies for promotional purposes and the opinions in this review are my own or those of my children.