BAMBI
1942, Disney, 70 min, Dir: David Hand

Among the most beloved animated films of all time is this story of a young deer growing up to become the “Great Prince of the Forest” with the help of his friends, Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk. Though the film is family-friendly, source novel Bambi, A Life in the Woods was written for adults, and the book’s serious tone does come through in places (most famously in the off-screen death of Bambi’s mother).


SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
1937, Disney, 83 min, USA, Dir: William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen

Walt Disney received eight honorary Oscar statuettes - one regular-sized, and seven petite - for this delightful classic, the first animated feature produced in the United States and the first production by Disney’s studio. Having been spared by a huntsman sent to deliver her heart to the vain and wicked Queen, Snow White befriends seven forest dwarves (Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy and Dopey!), who must come to her rescue when she is put under a sleeping enchantment via poisoned apple. A masterful film with both childlike wonder and genuine frights, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS was named the “Greatest Animated Film of All Time” by the American Film Institute.


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