Five years were necessary to create Bambi, a movie during 75 minutes. 250 persons collaborated, among 50 draftsman and 37 animators.
When we are viewing the movie, 100 800 drawings scroll under our eyes. 450 000 Celluloids or Cellos (transparent supports on which are drawn the drawings) were held for animation: More than 4 millions were created! Less than 900 words are pronounced, while the book holds approximately 10 000.
One of the most terrifying sequences of the movie is certainly the forest fire. The violence of flames, the noise of wood that burns seems more true than ever. Bambi must learn to dominate the pain of his wounds, caused by a hunter. To make a success of such scenes, Walt Disney appealed to the person in charge of the special effects, Jim Mac Donald - who was the second voice for Mickey, after Walt. To reproduce the noise which destroys the tree trunks and foliages, Jim used wooden crates. To recreate the thunder, he shook chains on a big sheet of steel. To imitate the shiver of a spider web, a tiny and little usual sound, after many researches, Jim slowly shook sheets of duralumin, a hard and light metal compound of aluminum and copper.
When Walt Disney dashed into the making process of Bambi, an official organism of the region's waters and forests offered him two fawns to serve as models for the story's heroes: Bambi and Faline. They grew during the making of the movie. All the studio's artists and animators observed and tamed them in order to be able to draw them with perfection.
" In a cartoon, it's the movement that subsidize. The dialogue must only be employed with extreme moderation. The gestures of the characters can come along with some words but it's the movements that counts, not the words "
- Walt Disney.