Friday, September 07, 2018

Bambi (1942)

Watched 'Bambi' on Netflix.

Made in 1942. Walt Disney production.
This must be the oldest movie I have seen, ever. It's thrills me to think about it.

It's a story of a deer in a jungle.

The movie is a visual treat of painting in pastels.

It's beautiful because of it's simplicity.
Without the sophistication of our present time, the visuals are limited to a few colours, the finish isn't photographic, smooth and seamless, but gives away the strokes of a paintbrush, in soft, dull, pastel shades, distinguishable from one another; the speed and the sounds are all simple and soothing.
It is basic and doesn't suffer from the problem of plenty.

The antagonist is man, the hunter whose gunshots are heard once or twice, but is never shown to the viewer. I mean there aren't the scary, ferocious, mean looking beasts in the negative role, nor bloody gory fights and deaths. It's easy on your nerves. It's a good choice for one of those days when you just don't have the stomach for violence, even a single streak of it and you feel like watching something soft, cute and tender.

The movie will remind you of Lion King. It begins and ends with the birth of baby deer, just as Lion King begins and ends with the birth of a lion cub. All the creatures of the forest gather from everywhere to greet the young one, just as in Lion King, they gather to pay their respects. The young one loses a parent in both movies. The young deer has a female playmate, the two become separated and meet again as adults and become lovers. Just as in Lion King.
True, every great thing of the present is what it is because it is riding on the shoulders of it's predecessors.

In 2008, the American Film Institute presented a list of its 10 top 10, the best ten films in each of ten classic American film genres. Bambi was placed third in animation.

This is the song that plays at the beginning and at the end.

Love is a song that never ends
Life may be swift and fleeting
Hope may die yet life's beautiful music
Comes each day like the dawn
Love is a song that never ends
One simple theme repeating
Like the voice of a heavenly choir
Love's sweet music flows on...



G S Prasad said...

Bambi is on my list. I suggest the films of 'Studio Ghibli' by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki. Animation cannot get any better than them Japanese masters. Their color schemes and fantasy themes are a treat to watch.

Sowmya Chakravarthy said...

I have made a note. Netflix is my only means as of now. So if the movies you suggest are on Netflix, I will catch up else, will wait...