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Bambi Original Production Cel and Background: Bambi and Bunnies

By: Walt Disney Studio Art


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Bambi and Bunnies

MEDIUM: ​Original Production Cel
IMAGE SIZE: 10.75 x 10.75
YEAR: 1942
SKU: CCV1857

ABOUT THE IMAGE: (Walt Disney Studios, 1942) Original production cels featuring Bambi and Thumper's sisters from Bambi, showing them in a serene woodland setting, signed and inscribed on the original 18.5 x 16.5 mat in green crayon, "To H. Albert DeWit, with my best wishes, Walt Disney." The cels have been trimmed and applied to an original production background.

ABOUT THE MEDIUM: Original Production Cels are one-of-a-kind pieces of art that were used in the creation of an animated film or television show. Each has been hand-painted by studio artists on a piece of celluloid acetate and has been photographed over a background painting to create a frame of the finished production.

ABOUT THE FILM: Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand and produced by Walt Disney.  The film is based on the 1923 book Bambi, a Life in the Woods by Austrian author and hunter Felix Salten.  The film was released on August 13, 1942, and is the fifth Disney animated feature film.

The main characters are Bambi, a mule deer; his parents, the Great Prince of the forest and his unnamed mother; his friends Thumper, a pink-nosed rabbit; and Flower, a skunk; and his childhood friend and future mate, Faline. For the movie, Disney took the liberty of changing Bambi's species into a mule deer from his original species of roe deer, since roe deer are not native to North America. The film received three Academy Award nominations: Best Sound-Sam Slyfield, Best Song for "Love Is a Song" sung by Donald Novis, and Original Music Score.