Movie Review: Bambi II

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Bambi II Summary

Bambi II is a follow-up to the 1942 film Bambi. The film was released as a direct-to-video title in the United States on February 7, 2006. Bambi II is a mid-Sequel taking place between Bambi’s mother’s death and Bambi shown as a young adult buck, the film follows Bambi’s relationship with his father, The Great Prince of the Forest, and Bambi’s efforts to earn his father’s love for him. It was first titled Bambi and the Great Prince, but was renamed Bambi and the Great Prince of the Forest and later Bambi II.

After his mother is shot and killed by a hunter, Bambi (Alexander Gould) is greeted by the Great Prince (Patrick Stewart), who takes him to the den. The Great Prince asks Friend Owl (Keith Ferguson)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 (Brendon Baerg) and Flower (Nicky Jones). At the groundhog ceremony, Bambi meets up with Faline (Andrea Bowen). The Groundhog (Brain Pimental) is coaxed out of his hole, only to be scared back in by Ronno (Anthony Ghannam), who tries to impress Faline with stories of his encounter with Man. When Bambi believes the story, Ronno is about to fight Bambi until he is called away by his mother.

When the others leave, Bambi falls asleep waiting for his father. He wakes up to what appears to be his mother’s voice (Carolyn Hennesy), which calls him into a meadow, but it turns out to be an ambush by Man. The Great Prince comes to Bambi’s rescue and saves him in time, but is furious that he fell for the trick and almost getting himself killed. Days later, Bambi informs Thumper and Flower about his wish to impress his father. They decide to help Bambi be brave, but while doing so, they encounter a porcupine, who sticks his quills into Bambi’s backside. Ronno and Faline, hearing the commotion, investigate. Bambi sees Ronno bothering Faline and gets into a fight with him. Ronno chases Bambi and Thumper through the forest until Bambi leaps over a large ravine to safety. The Great Prince, having seen the whole thing, is impressed by this feat. Ronno, jealous of the young prince, tries to jump over the chasm himself, but falls in, thwarted for now.

The next day, Thumper encourages Bambi to talk to the Great Prince, and the two connect. The Great Prince allows Bambi to come along with him on his patrols, and as the two get closer, Friend Owl approaches them and introduces them to Mena, a doe that he has selected as Bambi’s new mother. Bambi realizes the Great Prince had planned on sending him away and snaps at his father, while the Great Prince concludes that he is not meant to raise Bambi. Bambi sadly accepts the change.

On the way to Mena’s den, Ronno shows up to taunt Bambi again. The two get into another fight that sets off one of Man’s traps, alerting Man. Bambi saves Mena by leading Man’s dogs away from her, and the Great Prince arrives. The dogs chase Bambi, and his friends help him fend them off. Bambi evades all but one of the dogs. Bambi kicks the other dog off a cliff but falls off as well. Everyone grieves him until Bambi reveals he is still alive, and he and the Great Prince reconcile.

Sometime later, Thumper shares his version of the chase with the rest of his friends, and Bambi, whose antlers have just grown in, enjoys the tall tale with Faline. Ronno appears and vows vengeance on both of them before being bitten on the nose by a turtle and runs off. Bambi meets up with the Great Prince, who shows him the field where he first met his mother.

Bambi II Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I honestly didn’t enjoy this midquel. It is set in the middle of Bambi but wasn’t needed. I didn’t think it brought anything to the story line, which is why it was released on straight to video.

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