The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Walt Disney classic Bambi with a screening and reunion of the film’s stars on 15 May at Beverly Hills, California.
Special guests at the event included Donnie Dunagan (voice of young Bambi), Peter Behn (voice of young Thumper), Disney legend and animator Andreas Deja and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ production designer Paul Felix.
The occasion also saw a tribute being paid to the famous Disney artist Tyrus Wong who was the original artist who created the minimalist background painting style used in Bambi.
Host Leonard Maltin gave the audience a behind the scenes look into the Studio’s process and passion behind the animated feature while Felix said how Wong had inspired him as an artist.
Bambi joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection with a variety of new bonus material, including recordings of Walt Disney discussing the challenges and triumphs during the production of the film, deleted scenes and characters, stories and effects that Bambi had on the studio, other films and artists, and much more.