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Reimagining Bambi: A Kid-Friendly Approach

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In this article, we will delve into Lindsey Anderson Beer’s insights regarding the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s Bambi. Anderson Beer, a prolific screenwriter and director, shares her vision for this beloved classic and why she believes it needs a fresh perspective.

Why a New Bambi?

Anderson Beer recognizes the timeless beauty of the original Bambi but points out a significant gap in generations exposed to this classic. Here, we explore her thoughts on why a new Bambi is essential.

“What’s intriguing about Bambi to me is its status as a classic, a beautiful love poem, a work of art,” Anderson Beer begins. “I do believe there’s an entire generation of children who have never seen the original, unlike films such as The Little Mermaid or Aladdin, which were part of the ’90s heyday and have been embraced by younger audiences. It’s disheartening how many kids I’ve encountered who’ve never experienced the magic of Bambi, and that’s a missed opportunity.”

The Changing Tempo:

While some classics like Bambi, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland are cherished by older generations, Anderson Beer acknowledges that today’s youth may find their pace somewhat different. She elaborates on why Bambi might seem less familiar to modern audiences.

“The thing about Bambi is that it’s a stunning film, but it maintains a slightly different tempo than what modern audiences are accustomed to,” Anderson Beer notes.

Addressing Sensitive Themes:

One of the factors that may have limited Bambi’s exposure to younger viewers is its handling of parental loss. Anderson Beer discusses how a more sensitive approach to this aspect is crucial in today’s context.

“Without giving away too much of the plot, there’s a portrayal of the mother’s death that some kids and parents today find more emotionally challenging than in the past,” Anderson Beer observes. She believes this is one of the reasons the film hasn’t been widely shown to children in recent times.

Reviving the Tale:

Despite these challenges, Anderson Beer remains optimistic that Bambi can be rejuvenated for a new audience. She explains her approach to breathing new life into this classic and making it relatable to today’s kids.

“I firmly believe there’s a way to update Bambi, and our take on it added more depth to the story,” Anderson Beer states. “I believe that bringing it to life in a way that resonates more with today’s children would honor the original and be a valuable contribution.”


In this section, Anderson Beer’s explanation regarding her departure from the Bambi remake due to her commitment to Pet Sematary: Bloodlines is discussed, providing insights into the challenges of managing multiple projects.