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Hang on, what of the House of Mouse? Surely Disney would come down on any Bambi business with a swift cease-and-desist. But Disney’s animated 1942 gem “Bambi” is based on Austrian writer Fleix Salten’s 1923 novel “Bambi, a Life in the Woods” — a book which has been in the public domain in much of the European Union since 2016. More importantly, the American copyright of the novel expired on January 1st of 2022. The path is clear for Rhys Frake-Waterfield to take audiences on a trip to the forest, where his iteration of the wide-eyed deer has already been teased as “a vicious killing machine.”

The latest issue of SFX Magazine contains a feature on “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” which reveals that after Pooh and Piglet satisfy the rumblies in their tumblies, “Bambi: The Reckoning” is up next on the slate. The director tells SFX:

“Bambi is probably the first to be filmed. We’ve taglined it as ‘Bambi on rabies!’ Have you seen ‘The Ritual?’ The monster in that is this weird, moose-looking thing. We were quite inspired by that. We want it to be this monstrous bipedal deer; just killing lots of people. We want Bambi to be able to stomp on people’s heads!”

The weird, moose-looking thing in David Bruckner’s folk horror “The Ritual” — a tale steeped in Norse mythology — goes by the name “Moder,” an ancient Jötunn descended from trickster god Loki. Moder vaguely resembles a woodland creature, if a stag took anabolic steroids and fused a man’s torso to its face. /Film voted the pagan beast among the 30 scariest horror movie monsters, making it quite the North Star for one of animation’s most wholesome, doe-eyed creations. The lesson for both movies seems to be the same: stay out of the woods.

/Film – ‘Slash Film: Bambi Will Be A ‘Monstrous Bipedal Deer’ Who Stomps On People’s Heads In Bambi: The Reckoning’
Author: Anya Stanley
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January 24, 2023

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