The animated story of Bambi, a young deer hailed as the “Prince of the Forest” at his birth. As Bambi grows, he makes friends with the other animals of the forest, learns the skills needed to survive, and even finds love. One day, however, the hunters come, and Bambi must learn to be as brave as his father if he is to lead the other deer to safety. —IMDb
In 1930, David Hand joined The Walt Disney Studios as its 21st and most ambitious young animator. It didn’t take long for Walt Disney to notice his knack for getting things done, and so he moved Dave (as he was called by his friends) into directing animated shorts such as, “Pluto’s Judgement Day” “Alpine Climbers” and “Little Hiawatha.” Later, in 1933, Walt promoted him to Production Supervisor of the Studio, and around that same time, entrusted Dave with directing the first full-length animated feature “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
As animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston recalled in their book Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life, Dave “was cavalier in transforming Walt’s dreams into animation.” Dave knew enough to recognize quality, and if Walt said, “Let’s get that into the picture,” Dave would make sure that it got in and just that way. If Walt said, “We can save money here; let’s keep the cost down,” Dave would use every shortcut in the book. He never confused… read more
Director, writer, producer and narrator James “Jim” Algar loved the action and adventure associated with creating Disney’s nature and animal pictures. While directing the True-Life Adventure “The African Lion” in 1955, he lived among the lions of Kenya and while producing the feature “Ten Who Dared” in 1960, he challenged the raging white water rapids of the Colorado River.
Among the many hats he wore, however, the most important was that of storyteller. Jim penned five Academy Award-winning motion pictures for Disney, including “Nature’s Half Acre,” “The Living Desert” and “The Vanishing Prairie.”
As vice chairman of The Walt Disney Company Roy E. Disney once recalled, “Jim was a great storyteller, who made invaluable contributions to our animated classics, theme parks and especially, our nature films. He added tremendously to the Studio’s reputation for superior storytelling.”
Born June 11, 1912, in Modesto, California, Jim attended Stanford University, where… read more
Joey: "you didn't cry when Bambi's mother died???" Chandler: "yeah, it was very sad when the guy stopped drawing the deer."
Also: Best of 2011 from the San Francisco Bay Guardian, In Review Online and more. And 11-year-old Scorsese’s storyboards.