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Bambi 2 Blu-ray Review

“Bambi 2” is a sweet, but ultimately unnecessary sequel.

Taking place after the events of the first film, “Bambi 2” is essentially a father and son story about a single father (The Great Prince) trying to raise his son (Bambi) on his own. Of course, The Great Prince is unprepared to do so which forces him to have to adjust to a new life without his wife/Bambi’s mother and also attempt to bond with his son. Throughout the course of the film, the two begin to learn about each other and from each other. Viewers can expect to see characters from the first film (such as Thumper, Flower, Faline, and Owl) and some new faces (like Ronno).

When it comes to direct to home video Disney animated film sequels, I think it goes without saying that they are always inferior to the original. That doesn’t mean that some of the sequels can be good. However, for every solid sequel like “The Return Of Jafar” or “Return To Never Land,” there’s the wretched “Cinderella 2” and “The Fox And The Hound 2.” So where does “Bambi 2” fall? Somewhere in between the two categories. It’s neither good, nor bad. It’s simply mediocre. While I appreciate the fact that this sequel is a more character oriented follow up that explores the father and son’s life without their wife/mother, there’s really not much story to it. The characters sort of wander around while meeting with old (and or new) characters while Bambi and The Great Price try to bond. A few times, Bambi and his father encounter hunting dogs which is the film’s only real obstacle/danger. That’s about all that happens.

Video/Audio:

The 1.78:1 1080p picture quality is gorgeous. Everything from the snow fall in the opening scene to the sun beams reflecting off of characters is impressive. When it comes to hi-def discs, Disney sure knows how to deliver.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track is generally good. I did feel that the audio levels were slightly off at times. The dialogue level is a bit low at times which requires viewers to turn up the audio. During the action scenes, the audio is much louder which may result in viewers adjusting the audio every now and then.

Extras:
* Disney trailers.
* DVD copy.
* “Friend Owl’s Forest Fun Games” and “Thumper’s Hurry And Scurry Game”- Blu-ray games for the kids.

* A deleted scene titled “Sing The Day.”
* “The Legacy Continues”- A featurette that contains interviews with the new cast, the sequel’s story, etc.
* Bambi’s Trivia Tracks- Pop up info about the flick.
* “Disney Sketch Pad”- An extra that teaches viewers how to draw Thumper.

August 25, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review |

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