Raise your hand if you felt yourself getting a least a little misty during this past spring's Disney Family Singalong(s). Same.
There's much to be said about the pureness of the moment, so many bold-named faces coming together for a good cause, all the videos of sweet children with signs cheering for frontline workers, the momentary escape from the stressors of a worldwide pandemic. But also, there's just something about a Disney song.
Since the late 1937 release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney Productions has been inviting us to be their guest, showing us the world and teaching us about the circle of life.
Few among us can't hear those words without conjuring up images of dancing teapots, a magic carpet ride, the blessing of a newborn lion cub, feeling that heady mix of nostalgia and comfort for all the music and animation that brought us so much joy, so much entertainment, so much unadulterated magic as children.
There's a reason filmmakers have been successfully turning each cartoon classic into a live-action remake complete with impressive visuals and star-studded casts that bring adults flocking to theaters, eager to relive their youth and pass a little of that enchantment onto their own kids. Though as much as we delighted in watching Beyoncé step into Nala's paws last summer (and we did, to the tune of $1.6 billion grossed worldwide), there's nothing quite like revisiting the original Jonathan Taylor Thomas- and Matthew Broderick-voiced animated version.
Or giving a second or third (or 18th, who are we kidding?) viewing to some of the true throwback classics.
Released in the United States exactly 78 years ago in 1942, Bambi was Disney's fifth animated feature. Based on the decided adult novel, Bambi: A Life in the Woods, and featuring a forest's worth of furry friends, it boasted fewer than 900 words throughout the whole 70-minute film, but it banked three Academy Award nominations, a spot in the American Film Institute's "10 Top 10" of its top classics in each of the 10 film genres and claimed a place in our hearts like so many other Mouse House classics. No wonder it's receiving the live-action treatment.
And since we could all use a little nostalgia-laden pick-me-up, we've rounded up some of the most spellbinding details behind each of those treasured hits. Care to take a virtual visit to the happiest place in film? Be our guest.
(Originally published June 15, 2020, at 12 a.m. PT)