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Monday, February 23, 2009

"Bambi" (1942) [4 of 9] - Charcoal Concept of Bambi and Mother

Two emotions hit you. A kind of quiet bonding AND a dark sense of danger.

Almost anyone that sees this on our wall stops to look more closely. It is arresting. A tone poem of sorts. I don't know the artist that drew this, but I thought it was a fantastic piece...

I also thought the piece was interesting because the Mother in obviously the main character in the scene (to escape from the fire) and Bambi is just emerging from the woods -- unaware that he is about to emerge from youth to adulthood. But, hey, I'm probably reading too much into the whole thing...

By the way, have you ever noticed that there are very few Limited Editions or Sericels of scenes after Bambi's mother gets shot? When you ask most people about Bambi, their favorite scenes are from pre-shot sequences. I've often thought there is a great parallel between Disney's use of the sound of the shot (instead of the graphic "Oh, my God they've killed Kenny!" approach) and Hitchcock's almost-graphic scenes that leave much more to the imagination than the current breed of slasher-shock flicks.

Charcoal of Bambi and Mother

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From “Bambi” (1942). Charcoal concept sketch of Bambi and his mother in the woods. [Image: 8-3/8"W x 6-1/4"H; Frame: 15-5/8"W x 13-3/8"H] SeqID-0221 8/3/2005


  1. Bob - These sketches are amazing; true works of art themselves.

  2. Dave - Thanks for the comment. They are great examples of the art behind the cels.

  3. Absolutely beautiful, amazing what you can do with a few strokes of charcoal and a bit of imagination. Let the Disney magic live on.