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Media type, Print (hardcover). OCLC · Followed by, Bambi's Children. Bambi, a Life in the Woods, originally published in Austria as Bambi: Eine Lebensgeschichte On a subsequent trip, Bambi meets his Aunt Ena, and her twin fawns Faline and Gobo. They quickly become friends and share what they have. In a subsequent visit to the meadow, they meet Bambi's aunt, Ena, and her two fawns: Faline, a feisty little doe, and Gobo, a timid little buck. Faline is a female deer and one of the deuteragonist of Bambi. wild, giggly little girl, an image which puts Bambi on the run when they first meet, until he finally.
Leaping and dashing about, the deer tussle with one another using their antlers, and Bambi is exhilarated watching them. Everyone stays stock still as the Great Prince makes his entrance, and he fixes Bambi with a curious stare. He finally moves off again, leaving behind hushed and awed whispers.
Bambi asks his mother what the fuss was about, and she explains that everyone respects him because no one has lived half as long as him, and because he is extraordinarily wise. This is indeed fortunate, because while the whole forest was busy gawping at him, the Great Prince was the only one able to detect an approaching hunter. He warns all of the deer who scatter in a stampede, separating Bambi from his mother.
The Great Prince comes to the rescue by guiding his young son out of the meadow, followed by the mother, just as the first gun shots echo across the plains.
One morning, when they are playing together, a group of noble stags break out of the trees and parade past them without sparing them so much as a glance. The reason for this is soon discovered; Bambi wakes up one morning in the thicket alone, with no sign of his mother anywhere.
He desperately searches the forest for her, and runs into Faline and Gobo, who have been similarly abandoned.
When Bambi is crying for his mother, all alone, he suddenly runs into the Great Prince again, who scolds him for not being able to stay by himself. Such a large gathering of deer can only invite trouble, and this group are also attacked by the hunter.
In both versions there is a feeling of segregation between the sexes and offspring. However, in the film, the Great Prince is still caring towards his son in the face of danger. In the book, not only are the males distant from their fawns, but mating season also seems to make the hitherto doting mothers into neglectful parents. Bambi is her whole world, and as we know, this kind of relationship is destined for disaster in a Disney film.
Food becomes scarce, and Bambi and his mother are forced to eat the bark off trees to stave off their hunger. After devastating half the trees in the forest this way, Bambi concludes that winter is rubbish and feels really, really long. A death which, strangely enough, occurs entirely off screen.
Bambi continues running, and finally reaches the thicket, alone. He then realises his mother is no longer behind him, and sets out in the heavy snowfall, calling for her. All of a sudden, the Great Prince appears. He then addresses him as his son and indicates for him to follow, and the two walk off together into the snow.
As the weather begins to bite, Bambi sees some of his forest acquaintances, such as the pheasants, get brutally snapped up by a fox, and realises that desperation brings out the worst in the other animals. Joining the group are Old Nettla, a cynical older doe, Marena, a young new-agey doe who believes the hunter will one day approach them in friendship, and two of the younger aforementioned Princes, Ronno and Karus.
As Bambi runs on, he finds Gobo lying in the snow. He urges Bambi to do the same, and by the time Bambi twigs that he should probably say goodbye to his friend, he has already run another few acres through the forest. Eventually the survivors meet up, consisting of Bambi, Faline and Old Nettla, at least for the moment. Old Nettla feels extremely put upon but agrees to look after them for the rest of the winter. Before I compare this section, please take a moment to enjoy this picture of the real-life Bambi and Thumper.
Not that the mother in the book is any less sympathetic, but she was already starting to drift away from Bambi as he grew up, so he is not as alone as he is in the film when she catches a bullet. Instead, the book is more horrifying because it includes an utter massacre of a large number of forest creatures, and is intended to show the unstoppable and merciless power of the hunter. When Nature Calls Disney version Immediately after the death scene, in a rather jarring transition, we are treated to a happy springtime scene of birds nuzzling each other and chirruping.
With these famous last words, Bambi, Thumper and Flower all march off into the wood together. One by one, they meet a respective female and are irresistibly drawn to her charms. That is, until he comes face to face with an ugly rival.
The other buck tries to nudge Faline away with him, but then he and Bambi literally lock horns. In the ensuing fight, Bambi manages to hurl the other buck down into a ditch before strutting off with his newly won mate.
They prance across the meadow in the moonlight, and remain inseparable for the rest of the film. Salten version Bambi is now a handsome young buck, and is inwardly excited and thrilled due to rutting season. When he makes another determined approach, he ends up battling both of them, after which Faline emerges from the bushes and declares her love for him. The pair then wander off together, presumably getting it on in between grazing.
The Great Prince intervenes and tells him to think with his other brain once in a while too. The film has a more conventional idea of couples, and implies that Bambi and his friends have found their true loves.
True love most be fought for of course, hence the battle with the other buck, but this serves only to strengthen the bond between Bambi and Faline. Many hunters have arrived this time, accompanied by dogs, and to put the icing on the cake, their fire gets out of control and torches the entire forest. Faline wakes up and goes to search for Bambi, but is then greeted by an over-enthusiastic pack of hunting dogs that corner her on a ledge.
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Bambi comes to the rescue and charges them, and while making his escape gets shot in the shoulder. As the fire consumes the forest, he and the Great Prince manage to escape to a small island in the middle of a lake, where Faline and the other animals have also taken shelter.
So the hunters in the film not only make an orphan of Bambi without batting an eye-lid, but they are also stupid enough to let their own campfire go out of control. Apparently, the American Rifleman Association vehemently protested the portrayal of the hunters in the film, but whether this was because they looked heartless and stupid or because they are never given any actual screen time is unclear.
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What is clear, however, is that the Association never so much as glanced at the book. Whenever the hunter appears in the book, there is always a foreboding atmosphere, and the animals refer to him as He or Him, and that he is inescapable and all powerful.
Bambi actually comes face to face with him when looking for his mother during rutting season, and is terrified and transfixed by the tall, thin creature with the pale face.
When the deer are sharing stories in winter, they all compare notes on how they can neither look away nor run from the hunter when they see him, even though they should. Appearances Bambi Faline first appears when she and Bambi are introduced to each other through their mothers' meeting. Faline says to her mother Ena that Bambi is bashful to which Ena replies that he might not be if she said hello.
She says hello to Bambi who after some encouragement from his mother says hello too. She immediately takes a liking to Bambi and, in her efforts to befriend him, chases him into a small pool with reeds. In a playful gesture, she teases him by popping her head in and out of the reeds to lick him on the cheek several times, much to his annoyance.
However, he soon catches sight of her and gives chase himself, pursuing her into the meadow where the bucks are gathering for the season. Their meeting ends when the deer are all forced to run, due to the presence of man being sensed. Young Adult Faline Afterward, Faline does not appear again until the second half of the film, shortly after the "Twitterpated" sequence. She returns as a young adult, and predictably she still has Bambi on the run. She actively flirts with Bambi by cornering him into getting his antlers tangled in a tree's branches, giving her the opportunity to lick him on the cheek.
Her strategy succeeds without a hitch, and upon seeing Bambi's infatuation, she playfully lets him pursue her in a sequence that turns their surroundings into clouds as a representation of their romantic bliss.
However, their blossoming romance is threatened by Ronnowho interrupts the sequence to try and herd Faline away from Bambi out of a desire to make her his own. Fortunately, Bambi immediately runs to her rescue and he battles Ronno, while Faline stands back against a rock wall to watch them fight over her.
The battle ends when Bambi manages to throw Ronno off of a cliff and into the water below, defeating him although he survives. With nothing else to come between them, Bambi and Faline walk away together into a meadow and frolic through it in the night, set to the song " Looking For Romance ". Shortly afterward, she and Bambi are seen having fallen asleep together in a spot in the woods. However, when Bambi leaves while she is still sleeping to see that man has returned, she wakes up while he is still gone and, out of worry for his safety, runs to look for him.
While searching for Bambi, she runs into the hunting dogs, who chase her until she is forced to climb onto the top of a rock in an attempt to evade them. She is trapped on the rock until Bambi comes to save her again, fighting off the dogs while she escapes. Faline does not appear again until she is shown with the other forest animals in a safe place outside the forest after the fire, anxiously awaiting Bambi's return.
She perks up when she sees Bambi, and they reunite happily. At the end, as a parallel to the beginning, she is seen as a new mother, having just given birth to her and Bambi's twin fawns. She has slightly darker coloring she went back to lighter coloring when she grew up. She still has a huge crush on Bambi and even surprises him, making him touch his nose on hers.
In an attempt to placate Ronno after she and Bambi first meet him, and possibly to spend more time with Bambi, she suggests to Ronno 'yeah, maybe you should get going' after Ronno's mother begins to call him away.
Faline then offers to walk Bambi home but he tells her that his father is coming for him to which she replies that it was nice to see him again before leaving with Ena. Later in the movie, she makes a face at Bambi's attempt at a growl Bambi was trying to ward off Ronno. Bambi's attempt at a growl, according to most viewers, sounds like a bleating lamb, which is probably why it was not very successful for intimidation.
That is not enough, however, to alter her preferences; she still clearly prefers Bambi's company to Ronno's. Unfortunately, Ronno pays little mind to what Faline thinks, and when he tries to force her to go with him Faline tries to stand up for herself, unlike a similar event in the first movie, when she immediately called to Bambi for help.
It is hard to say who is most surprised in this movie when Bambi tells Ronno to leave Faline alone: Faline, Ronno, or Bambi himself. Unlike in the first movie, Faline makes no attempt to steal a kiss from Bambi.