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Bambi
Directed by Tony Bancroft
Produced by Owen Laramore
Lori Forte
Written by Cinco Paul
Ken Daurio
Based on Disney's Bambi
by Walt Disney
and Bambi, a Life in the
Woods

by Felix Salten
Starring Zackary Arthur
Pierce Gagnon
Jeremy Ray Taylor
Brooklynn Prince
John Goodman
Jodie Foster
Jim Hanks
Music by Toby Chu
Cinematography Adolph Lusinsky
Edited by Ally Garrett
Production
companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Olaramore04 Productions
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date August 29, 2025
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $92 million
Box office $529 million


Bambi is a 2025 American computer-animated drama film produced by Olaramore04 for Walt Disney Pictures. The eighth film produced by the studio, the film is a computer-animated remake of Disney's traditionally-animated 1942 film of the same name, making it Olaramore04's third CGI-animated remake of a Disney classic after 2023's The Jungle Book and 2025's Peter Pan. Directed by Disney veteran Tony Bancroft, it stars Zackary Arthur, Pierce Gagnon, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Brooklynn Prince, John Goodman, Jodie Foster, and Jim Hanks.

Bambi was theatrically released in the United States on August 29, 2025. It was a box-office success, grossing over $529 million worldwide against a budget of $92 million. Bambi received acclaim from critics and audiences, who praised the animation, musical score, vocal performances, sense of nostalgia, and its faithfulness to the original film. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, losing to DreamWorks' Kenya.

Plot

A doe gives birth to a fawn named Bambi, who will one day take over the position of Great Prince of the Forest, a title currently held by Bambi's father, who guards the woodland creatures against the dangers of hunters. The fawn is quickly befriended by an energetic rabbit named Thumper, who helps to teach him how to walk and speak. Bambi grows up very attached to his mother, with whom he spends most of his time. Bambi soon makes other friends, including a skunk named Flower and a female fawn named Faline.

Curious and inquisitive, Bambi frequently asks about the world around him and is cautioned about the dangers of life as a forest creature by his loving mother. One day out in a meadow, Bambi briefly sees the Great Prince but does not realize that he is his father. As the Great Prince wanders uphill, he discovers the human hunter named "Man" by all the animals is coming and rushes down to get everyone to safety. Bambi is briefly separated from his mother during that time but is escorted to her by the Great Prince as the three of them make it back in the forest just as Man fires his gun. During Bambi's first winter, he and Thumper play in the snow while Flower hibernates. One day, his mother takes him along to find food when Man shows up again. As they escape, his mother is shot and killed by the hunter, leaving the little fawn mournful and alone. Taking pity on his abandoned son, the Great Prince leads Bambi home as he reveals to him that he is his father. He asks Friend Owl to find a doe to raise Bambi, but Friend Owl tells him that the does can barely feed themselves. The Great Prince has to take care of Bambi for a while. Sometime later, the Great Prince allows Bambi to be with Thumper, Flower, and Faline.

An hour later, Bambi suddenly hears what appears to be his mother's voice, which calls him into the meadow, but it turns out to be an ambush by Man. The Great Prince comes to his rescue and saves him in time. The Great Prince is furious to discover that Bambi practically fell for the trick and almost got himself killed, but quickly forgives him. Days later, Bambi tells Thumper and Flower about his plans to impress his father. They decide to help Bambi be brave, but while doing so, they encounter a black bear who chases them through the forest until Bambi leaps over a large ravine to safety. The black bear falls into the ravine. The Great Prince, having had a glance at the whole thing, is impressed by this feat. The next day, Thumper encourages Bambi to talk to the Great Prince, and the two connect. He allows his son to come along with him on his patrols, but later, Bambi later discovers that his father planned on sending him away and snaps at him. The Great Prince reluctantly concludes he is not meant to raise Bambi. Distraught, Bambi accepts the change and walks off into the woods.

The Great Prince is later alerted by Friend Owl that Man has returned with more hunters. Realizing his mistake, the Great Prince goes back to warn Bambi. Thumper, Flower, and Faline, who have witnessed the Great Prince's realization, reunite with Bambi. The group is attacked by Man's dogs. Bambi, Thumper, and Flower escape, but the dogs corner Faline at the edge of a cliff. Bambi saves Faline and fends off all but one of the dogs. Bambi kicks the dog off a cliff but falls off as well and is knocked unconscious. Everyone mourns for him until Bambi wakes up, revealing that he is still alive. Bambi reconciles with his father and confesses his feelings for Faline. Sometime later, Thumper shares his version of the chase with the rest of his friends, and Bambi and Faline enjoy the tall tale together. Bambi meets up with his father, who shows him the field where he first met his mother.

Cast

  • Zackary Arthur as Bambi
  • Pierce Gagnon as Thumper
  • Jeremy Ray Taylor as Flower
  • Brooklynn Prince as Faline
  • John Goodman as the Great Prince of the Forest
  • Jodie Foster as Bambi's mother
  • Jim Hanks as Friend Owl
  • Kaley Cuoco as Thumper's mother
  • Joe Ochman as Groundhog
  • Tara Strong, Kate Higgins, and E. G. Daily as Thumper's sisters
  • Nancy Cartwright as Possum mother
  • Zoe Kazan as Faline's mother
  • Frank Welker as black bear and the dogs

Reception

Box office

Bambi was released in American theaters on August 29, 2025, and grossed $70 million in its opening weekend. It has $174 million in North America and $355 million internationally, adding up to a worldwide total of $529 million. Produced on a $100 million budget, the film was a box office success.

Critical response

Bambi received generally positive reviews from film critics upon release. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an 97% approval rating based on 235 reviews. The consensus reads, "Impressively animated and faithful to the original, Bambi will warm the hearts of younger viewers of any age". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 81 out of 100 based on 40 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.

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