Ranking the Disney Canon – 8: The Jungle Book

“Ha-Ha! Man, that’s what I call a swinging party!” – Baloo

The Jungle Book holds the unfortunate distinction of being the final animated feature to be heavily worked on by Walt Disney himself. After the studio’s internal disappointment with The Sword in the Stone, Walt worked heavily with his animators and story people to make sure the characters and the story were once again the stars of the show, and a huge effort was made to make the film fun and lively, as opposed to the two mellower toned films that came before it, One Hundred and One Dalmatians and Sword in the Stone. This was done through the casting of comedian Phil Harris and singer Louis Prima in key roles, and to have The Sherman Brothers at their liveliest. Unfortunately, Walt never lived to see the finished product, as he passed away before the film’s release. His efforts, as always, shine through, and his legacy would live on not just through this film, but by continuing work of his company.

The story, based rather loosely off the Rudyard Kipling book of the same name, tells us the story of Mowgli, a young “man-cub” who is abandoned in the child as a young baby. Bagheera, the black panther, discovers the child and takes him to a family of wolves, who raise him into boyhood. When news of Shere Khan, the man hating tiger, is back in their neck of the jungle, Bagheera and the wolves agree that Mowgli must be taken back to the man village for his own safety. Mowgli, however, refuses to go, and attempts to stay with a freedom loving bear named Baloo. From there, Mowgli gets into misadventures involving Colonel Hathi and his elephant army, King Louie and his fire seeking Monkeys, British Invasion Vultures, Hypnotic Snakes, and Shere Kahn himself.

STRENGTHS

Walt said that he wanted The Jungle Book to have “the Disney touch.” And boy, does this film have The Disney Touch and then some. The Jungle Book is so much fun. It is just an absolute blast to watch from top to bottom. Obviously, there is a reason it is this high on the list, but truly, this film is extremely sharp in every scene. Every scene is alive and kicking, and so full of energy, just as Walt Disney intended. I think we are truly at the part of the list where absolutely no scene is wasted or unneeded. I told you it was hard to rank these films!

But where to begin with Jungle Book? I mean that may be the second hardest part of this list, is deciding where to start with each film. It’s tough when all these films do so many things really well. I guess I just have to start with the first thing I think of with Jungle Book, and the first thing I think of with Jungle Book is the film’s relationships.

You may remember that early in the list, poorly executed relationships were a common theme of what made a film weaker than it could be. Well, The Jungle Book is the exact opposite of that. The Relationships are extremely strong, and I mean all of the relationships. That’s what is so amazing about this film to me. EVERY relationship in this film is amazing in its own unique way. And, these relationships all add to the fun of the film in huge ways.

The core relationship of the film, and by far the strongest, is the triangle that exists between Mowgli, Baloo, and Bagheera. While we will see the classic Disney mentor-protege relationship a couple more times in this top 10, in all sorts of different ways, The Jungle Book holds a unique position for having two mentors compete to send their protegé on the right path. And, once again, it is such a fun trio to watch in action.

What make Bagheera and Baloo so appealing to watch together is that their points of views on life are so polar opposite, and yet it makes sense that they have some form a friendship together. The conversations between the strict and serious Bagheera and the fun-loving, dancing Baloo are extremely well written (As well as well performed, but we’ll get to that in a bit), and their care for Mowgli is so apparent in these sequences. In all essence, The Bagheera-Baloo relationship is like that of two parents arguing how their kid should be raised.  And it is extremely hilarious and awesome.

But of course, it  is Mowgli who is in the center of it all, and  the key to the whole puzzle. And it is Mowgli’s relationship to his potential mentors that truly brings the film together. Let’s first consider the Bagheera-Mowgli relationship. Bagheera is, of course, the parent that Mowgli doesn’t want to listen to, but Bagheera has seen Mowgli grow up, and just wants to see Mowgli protected and safe. He even is able to convince Baloo that the man village is the best idea for the child.

A fantastic sequence is one that comes after Mowgli attempted and failed to join the elephant herd, and Bagheera and Mowgli have an argument in the jungle. Bagheera allows Mowgli to go off on his own, and Mowgli meets Baloo for the first time. Baloo helps Mowgli learn to roar, and Bagheera interprets this as a sign that Mowgli is in trouble, and runs after him, regretting ever leaving Mowlgi. Of course, when Bagheera arrives, he is more upset that Mowgli met Baloo than if Mowgli would have ever been in any actual trouble.

This scene is brilliant for a couple of reasons. One, the way Bagheera reacts to Baloo, as if Baloo were the worst possible thing Mowgli could have encountered, is brilliant. I especially love that Bagheera refers to Baloo as a “shiftless stupid jungle bum” to himself, of course. It is a perfect description of their relationship. Also, right after this comment, Bagheera shares some playful, sarcastic comments that one would share between friends. It is absolutely a beautiful introduction to their friendship for the audience, and it comes to define what is so much fun about this dynamic.

This scene is also the perfect description of the relationship between Bagheera and Mowgli. Bagheera’s instant reaction to even the slightest notion that Mowgli is in trouble is an absolute treat, a treat that builds the emotions between characters to absolute perfection. This is a great way to relay emotions between characters. It seems very simple, but it is also very real, and that is  what counts. There is real emotion present in this scene, and when it is real, it can be a whole lot of fun.

And the most real and the most fun relationship present in the film is the one between Baloo and Mowgli. Seriously, this is the greatest Disney Bromance. From the moment the two appear on-screen together, as Mowgli sulks next to a rock, and Baloo dances out of the jungle, there are sparks between the two of them. It really is a match made in heaven. It is just extremely well written and so much fun to watch. The moment of Baloo attempted to calm down an angry Mowgli with a mellow boxing lesson is absolutely astonishing. It really is fantastic relationship writing. I really cannot describe its greatness in this simple paragraph or even this review. You really need to see it to believe it.

Let’s move on to the character of Baloo for a second. This is a fantastic character with an absolutely wonderful voice performance behind it. Phil Harris nails the character every step of the way, and gives one of the greatest voice performances of all time. It truly is a voice that defines the character. Baloo’s laid back attitude and, in a word, “hip” look on life is not only a perfect counterpoint to Bagheera and a perfect companion to Mowgli, as we already have mentioned, but also makes Baloo one of the greatest Disney characters of all time. He is just so much fun to watch and absolutely hilarious to encounter.

But what truly makes Baloo an amazing character is that he is able to step back from the laid backness and the hilarity for moments and actually have wonderful moments of drama. The Jungle Book is absolutely fantastic at mixing its humor and its drama, and it does this mainly through the relationship between Mowgli and Baloo. There is a fantastic scene between Bagheera and Baloo where Baloo is convinced that Mowgli needs to return to the man village. This scene is an amazing look at Baloo as a character, as he reaches down deep inside himself to realize that, he though he does not want to give up Mowgli, who, even in the short amount of time that they’ve had together, feels like a son, he knows it might be best to give him up.

And of course, it is the scene afterwards where Baloo must relate this idea to Mowgli is where we truly see the human side of the bear. This is what makes a classic character. Yes, the humor and the memorable personalities are also extremely important, but the best Disney characters are the ones that feel the most human, the most real. And Baloo certainly shows his human side through his struggles with thinking maturely, and his resistance to admit that Mowgli needs to go. The best Disney characters also grow, and throughout this film, Baloo, as well as Mowgli and even Bahgeera, certainly grow.

Of course, you also cannot lose the humor and personality that made you so great in the first place. This is true for Baloo as well. One of my favorite moments in the film actually comes near the end, when it seems that Baloo has made the ultimate sacrifice to save Mowgli from Shere Kahn, and Bahgeera is giving him the eulogy to end all eulogies. Of course, Baloo reveals that he is actually alive, but continues to play dead in order to hear Bagheera praise him to the moon. This is a wonderful mixture of drama and humor that few films are able to pull off. Of course, we are in the Top 10, so films have to be up to that quality at this point in time.

(Also, this is a wonderful character moment for Bagheera as well. Instead of being happy that Baloo is alive, he is extremely angry, and almost embarrassed, because of the bear. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.)

And then, at the end, Mowgli’s journey ends with him going back to the man village after seeing a girl for the first time. This ending is so, so brilliant, and was pushed by Walt even as some of his animators wanted Mowgli to stay with Baloo and Bagheera. But, as usual, Walt made the right call here. The film had to end with Mowgli to returning where he belongs, because the film made a point that he truly didn’t stand a chance if he stays in the Jungle, even if he has the protection of the animals. And the way that Baloo and Bagheera watch him move in, with Baloo objecting, but eventually relenting, is just more brilliant writing.

OK, so I think you can see that I’ve said a ton about our three main characters, and they are pretty much perfection in terms of what a main character can be. But, you might have also remembered me talking about how the side characters can truly make or break a film. So, does The Jungle Book succeed in this category? With flying colors.

Seriously, every single person Mowgli, Baloo, and Bagheera meet along the journey are absolutely amazing and hilarious. I said there is no wasted scene, and I absolutely mean that, and that means there is no wasted character. Every single character, every single joke, is worth it.

It all begins with Colonel Hathi and his elephant army. I’m absolute sucker for the bumbling leader characters, and Colonel Hathi is one of the best I’ve had the pleasure of laughing to. His interactions with his wife and son, his easily wavering decisions, and the way he just treats the rest of his army who clearly doesn’t want to be there are all just amazing. And he is amazing voiced by J. Pat O’Malley, one of the classic Disney Voice actors. The Colonel Hathi character is completely not fit to be a colonel, and that’s why he is one of my favorites.

Of course, one of the most memorable characters in the film in King Louis, the king of the apes, incredibly voiced by musical legend Louis Prima. Just like Baloo, Louis is “Hip” and the only thing he desires is man’s red fire, and he kidnaps Mowgli in hopes to get it. Louis Prima shows his swing all over the place here, and he is so incredibly fun to watch, just like the rest of the film.  I especially love the fact that Louis is the perfect counterpoint and companion for Baloo.

The Top 10 is full of moments that are worthy of being in the Top 10 moments of all time. The moment that Jungle Book throws into the fray is the moment where Baloo disguises himself as a monkey and does an amazing scat with King Louis to end the “I Wanna Be Like You” number. This moment is just incredible. I can’t really describe why. It’s just one of those moment where, when you see it, you are absolutely amazed by what is transpiring around you.

And this would be a perfect time to delve into the soundtrack. Of all the animated soundtracks The Sherman Brothers worked on, this is their masterpiece. “I Wanna Be Like You” is incredibly catchy and captures what makes Louis Prima so good at what he does, “Trust in Me” is an incredibly hypnotic number that is perfect for the character of Kaa, “Colonel Hathi’s March”  and it’s reprise is a perfectly catchy military song, and “That’s What Friends are For,” though easily the weakest of the film’s songs, is still a lovely number that goes into the styles of Babershop Quartet and 60s Pop.

Of course, the most classic song on the soundtrack is naturally the only one the Sherman Brothers didn’t write. “The Bare Necessities” was written by Terry Gilkyson for an earlier version of the film that had a bit more of the darker edge the original source had. The animators loved this particular song so much that they convinced Walt to leave it in even after the story direction had changed. “The Bare Necessities” alone is why Phil Harris should be commended for his performance and why Baloo is among the greatest characters in Disney history. The lyrics and the music are perfect, and this song would easily fit into any Top 10 Disney songs list. I love this song.

We should get back to the villains before we need to finish up. First, Kaa, voiced by none other than our good friend Sterling Holloway! (STERLING HOLLOWAY COUNT: 6!) This is a completely different role for Holloway than we’ve seen before. Whereas up to this point he was always in the laid back good guy role, here he plays a python looking to eat anything and everything. And it absolutely works because Holloway has a hypnotic voice to begin with. I just love the way Holloway slurs his ssssss here, and Kaa is perfectly written as a mix of a hugely confidant and yet somewhat cowardly character. And Holloway nails the performance to make this a classic character.

And while they aren’t really villains,  I should mention the vulture characters, really for the sole reason that they were meant to be voiced by The Beatles! Now, there are conflicting reports as to why this didn’t happen. Some say Lennon really wanted to do it, but the rest of the Beatles and their managers and such wanted to focus on making albums. Others say that Lennon was against it all the way, and shot it down before any discussion could be had. Seriously though, wouldn’t it have been amazing if The Beatles had done a song in a Disney film?

And we shall end our discussion of The Jungle Book with our true villain, Shere Kahn. You know what is amazing about Shere Kahn? He doesn’t show up until halfway through the film. And he doesn’t need to. By the time he shows up, there is already an aura around him because everybody has talked about how dangerous he is. And we get to see why: he is as smart as he is strong. The absolutely brilliant casting choice of George Sanders, who is probably best known for his role as Addison DeWitt in All About Eve, pays of in spades. One of the best scenes in the film is when George Sanders is being George Sanders as Shere Kahn talks to Kaa about the whereabouts of Mowgli. Shere Kahn’s intellect is what makes him a memorable villain, even if he is only in the film for a couple of minutes.

BEST MOMENT AND SONG

The best song is by far “The Bare Necessities.” Go look it up on Youtube or Buy it on iTunes and just listen to the brilliance of the lyrics.

The best scene in the film is the “I Wanna Be Like You” number. It perfectly describes everything about this film: The relationships, the music, the characters, and the fun.

CLOSING COMMENTS

The Jungle Book is among the most purely fun films in the Disney Canon, and also does a fantastic job with Character, Drama, and Song, as any great Disney film should. I’ve said almost 3000 words about it. Just go watch it. It’s in the Top 10 on my list, and it might be on yours too.

Ranking the Disney Canon – 9: Bambi

“Everyone respects him. For of all the deer in the forest, not one has lived half so long. He is very brave and very wise. That’s why he is known as the Great Prince of the Forest.” – Bambi’s Mother

Bambi was the most controversial film Walt Disney ever made, and probably remains one of the more controversial films in the entire canon. The idea that (spoilers if you have not seen Bambi, or, dare I say it, are not in tune with popular culture) a good guy, in this case, Bambi’s mother, could actually perish in an animated film incited venom by all sorts of people when Bambi was released in 1942. The response to the death effected Disney so much that he steadfastly refused to have another heroic character die in one of him films. Though a main character death was considered for both Lady and the Tramp and The Jungle Book, Walt never again repeated the Bambi controversy. Walt Disney Animation would also keep up with this ideal until the release of The Lion King in 1994. That’s a period of 52 years! And death and adult topics in Animation is still a hot topic today, though that is another discussion for another, less Rankings related post.

Bambi, based on the Austrian novel Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten, is actually one of the simplest movies in the Disney canon to describe. Bambi follows the life of our title character, Bambi, from his birth all to way to when he achieves his destiny as the new Prince of the Forest. Along the way, we see Bambi as he makes friends, encounters the rain and snow for the first time, falls in love, and witnesses how destructive the creature known as man can truly be to Bambi’s forest home.

STRENGTHS

I got to tell you, this was one of the hardest posts to write on this list thus far. Not only is it really hard to talk only good things about a film, but how can you describe something as simple as Bambi? I’m not kidding when I say that Bambi is one of the most straightforward and simplest stories in the canon, and yet, unlike Snow White’s simplicity, Bambi’s simplicity allows the films to have such a complexity. It’s a complicated film to talk about, and thus write about. And where to even begin with Bambi?

Well, this is one of the most stylistic films in the canon, but in a different way from the artsy style of Sleeping Beauty or Fantasia and the Cartoony style of Alice in Wonderland or Dumbo. See, Bambi is stylistic in its use of realism. See, it’s become cliché to say “Oh, Disney films have talking animals LOL So Unrealistic,” but, in actuality, The Disney Animators prided themselves on getting movement of both humans and animals realistic. And if you watch Bambi, you can see all of the little details that make Bambi and Thumper and the rest of the forest seem as real as the ones that is all around the great American outdoors. Next time you watch the film, notice how Bambi stumbles as he first walks around, or truly see how Thumper eats with his family. The Disney animators truly did their homework, and it shows in how beautiful the animation is.

But it is the backgrounds, and the “sets” if you will that truly stand out in this film. I’ve mentioned a few times on this list that Disney has a strong history of films that deal with nature, as Walt Disney had a natural fascination with the subject (you can look up one of his many Oscar winning True Life Adventure documentaries to see a whole lot more, if you wish). And Nature in Disney films begins with Bambi, and nature in Bambi begins with the absolutely stunning background work. Sometimes the backgrounds of these classic Disney films can be a little overlooked, but it really is an important aspect of animation and something that should be celebrated.

And Bambi is among the films that the animated backgrounds should be really appreciated. It’s not that the backgrounds look exceptionally real, but they do look like they could have been adapted from real pictures of the forest. Thus, the backgrounds are able to add to the realism of the whole piece, and it truly adds to the world that Bambi is able to grow up and run around in. Any film in this Top 10 can be used as an example of why I love Animation from a technical standpoint, but Bambi truly shows what Backgrounds can be and what they can do.

And I sort of mentioned it a couple of paragraphs up, but I especially appreciate the realistic character designs in Bambi. Again, it may be cliché at this point to go on about how Disney animals are anthropomorphic, but, again, just look at the character designs of Bambi and Thumper and Friend Owl and even the little details like the field mouse running from the rain. They all are extremely well designed and extremely realistic, and it adds to what Bambi is trying is do and successfully does.

And it may be earlier than usual for me to talk about the soundtrack, but Bambi also has one of the more artsy soundtracks in the Disney canon too. The heavily orchestrated soundtrack and the wonderful vocals of what was then known as the Disney Studio Chorus leads to a collection of music that goes absolutely hand in hand with the nature that defines Bambi. Though the film doesn’t feature a whole ton of songs, The hypnotic “Little April Shower” and the bright and cheery “Let’s Sing a Gay Little Spring Song” are certainly good enough considered for any list of great Disney Songs. This is especially true for “Little April Shower” which moves over a brilliant sequence that just deals with Bambi’s first rain shower. And Frank Churchill’s score is also one of the Disney classics, especially his three note piece for Man’s theme, which would later inspire John Williams on Jaws.

I think it is about time we get to where the real brilliance of Bambi lies: It’s structure. Bambi is the most pure episodic film that Walt Disney ever made. Sure, many of Walt Disney’s film deal with some sort of episodic structure, and sure, there may be better examples of it above this film, but Bambi is so episodic in that we are truly looking at episodes in Bambi’s life. We watch as he walks for the first time, we watch him learn to speak, we watch him make friends, we watch his first rain, his first time in the meadow, his first snow, and of course, his first loss. Whereas the other great episodic films have bits of three act structure in them, due to their shorter time span, Bambi is truly episodic since the story takes a life time. These episodes are exactly that: episodes.

And that structure absolutely works for Bambi because it is the best possible way we can see Bambi’s journey from a newborn fawn to the Prince of the Forest. This is a true life story, from birth to adulthood, and watching Bambi grow up throughout that time is instrumental in caring for the character, which helps the audience become invested in the story. This structure wouldn’t  work for something like Dumbo or Alice in Wonderland, but it is hugely important that Bambi features this structure.

Of course, having mentioned all the episodes from the childhood, one can forget that we actually see Bambi in adulthood having to deal with love, leadership, and the ever dangerous presence of man. And while these sequences are not as iconic or even as amazing as the childhood segments, they are still awesome in their own right, and should not be forgotten. These are as important to see as we need to see Bambi’s final tests before he can truly have the courage and strength to become the next Prince of the Forest. Him fighting the other male deer for the love of his life, which is one of the film’s few stylized sequences, and him having to escape the forest fire after being shot are the final tests on his journey to manhood, and are stunning in their own sense.

It’s actually very interesting to dissect Bambi as a character, since what we experience of the character growing up to be a man. So, much of the time we spend with Bambi is watching him question the world around him, learning what a bird is and being stunned by the rain and even realizing there are other deer in the forest. The young Bambi is one of the more childlike characters in the canon, and his youthful fancy is extremely well written. It’s almost as if Bambi is your own child as he runs around the forest.

Of course, with Bambi being the questioning child that he is, his interactions with the people, er, animals around him are extremely important and as with any child, the interactions that define their life are the ones with friends and family. Let’s start with the friends side of it. Bambi, being the future Prince, has a ton of interest surrounding him, both from the adults and the other children. However, the one child that takes interest in him right away is Bambi’s future best friend, Thumper.

Thumper is the film’s second most famous character, and far and away the film’s best source of comedy. Thumper’s humor has a wide range, from him initially making fun of Bambi’s walking and incorrectness in identifying the world around him, to the running gag of what his father has told him, to the thumping of his leg for which he is named for. Actually, for much of the film, Thumper steals the show. Thumper is an extremely enjoyable character, and one of the few times I think using a child voice actor actually really adds to the character. (it also adds to Bambi’s character, but it stands out more to me in Thumper.)

Again, though, what’s important is the fact that Bambi and Thumper are friends and interact as such, and their scenes together are such a treat. Every single scene between them shows true friendship, and are extremely enjoyable. The scenes in which Thumper teaches Bambi what each thing in the forest is called, and Thumper and Bambi experience winter together by ice skating are wonderful because the two of them are so naive, in a sense, and so childlike. It’s wonderful.

Of course, we can’t forget the lesser seen, but still important, friend of Bambi, the skunk named Flower. The scene where Bambi and Flower first meet is one of the iconic images of Walt’s era, and I love the few scenes we get of Flower. His shyness is perfectly presented, and his hibernation scene is hilarious. I wish we got more of Flower. Even in the few times we see him, he is an enjoyable fellow.

One final aspect I enjoy about the friendship between is how realistic it is in terms of them being animals. OK, sure, it is unlikely that a skunk, a deer, and a rabbit would all be the best of friends, but what makes sense, and what makes it real, is that Flower would be hibernating during the winter while Bambi and Thumper play, or how the three of them haven’t seen each other for a long time when they rekindle as adults, as their fellow species would probably end up in different parts of the forest. I think this make their friendship even stronger, though obviously it cannot be as strong as it was in their childhood, both from a realism perspective and from a film perspective.

(NOTE: The adult voice of Flower is none other than our good friend Sterling Holloway! STERLING HOLLOWAY COUNT: 5!)

I did mention earlier that the second part of Bambi’s relationship is family, and that, of course, starts with Bambi’s mother. Bambi and his mother connect from the beginning of the film, and his far and away the film’s best relationship. It is a modern cliché to say that Disney films don’t include the mothers and even sometimes the fathers of our heroes and heroines (man, disproving clichés is a little bit of a theme, isn’t it?), actually the theme of family and the parent-child relationship is present in many Disney films, and this is one of them.

What makes the relationship between Bambi and his mother so good is that it feels so real. There is no better example than the meadow sequence. It starts with a conversation between Bambi and his mother about what the meadow actually is, and how Bambi has heard that other deer exist. This is almost exactly what any mother-son conversation would be like. And of course, in this instance, the mother also takes a protective role when the deer sense man in the forest, just as any mother would protect their child from whatever danger lies ahead.. This whole sequence may be the best example of it, but it certainly isn’t the only one.

Every moment between Bambi and his mother his precious. From her naming him to her protecting him from the rain, to letting him play with Thumper in the snow, to making him meet a girl for the first time. Bambi and his mother have a true connection in each of these sequences, and it leads to one of the great parental relationships in Disney history.

And of course, it is the fact that this relationship is so good that makes the death of Bambi’s mother so tragic. I know the scene gets a lot of hype due to, you know, people loving to mention that a Disney film features death, but seriously, this is a stunning sequence, and among the greatest in Disney history. I mean, it is chilling to watch Bambi cry out for his mother. It’s a Disney scene that truly can bring you to tears.

And this brings us to one of the film’s forgotten, but awesome characters, The Great Prince of the Forest, Bambi’s father. I love the mysterious mentorship role that the father portrays. His appearance after the death of Bambi’s mother may be among the perfect lines ever seen in a Disney film. It’s just so powerful to hear him speak, not only in that section, but also when he is encouraging Bambi to get up after Bambi had been shot, as the forest fire rages around him. I love the almost wise spirit aura that surround The Great Prince, appearing at the moments when Bambi needs him most. He’s actually one of my favorite characters in the film, even though he doesn’t appear often. He doesn’t need to.

And we will finish off this most by talking about the film’s villain. For a company that has so many outlandish and memorable villains, antagonists, bad guys, and henchmen with so many amazing designs and personalities, it is amazing that one of its most memorable villains never actually appears on-screen. Though I don’t put all my faith in the AFI lists, it is amazing that Man, the unseen villain in Bambi, was named the 20th greatest film villain of all time. Man is just an amazing villain.

We really don’t need to see man, we just need to see the destructive force they can be. And being the cause of the death of Bambi’s mother and the jaw dropping forest fire sequence is enough to make you realize what man can do. Making Man almost this godly, otherworldly force humanizes the animals even more, and that’s an absolutely amazing accomplishment. Man is a wonderful villain that says as much about ourselves as it does about the world around us.

BEST MOMENT AND SONG

The best moment is the death of Bambi’s mother. The best song is “Little April Shower.” I really don’t need to say anymore.

CLOSING COMMENTS

WHY IS IT SO HARD TO RANK!?!?! It’s no long based on comparing strengths. It’s based on pure feeling. Where does this belong, according to my gut? Bambi might as well be a perfect film, but it just feels like Film 9 for me. Don’t take this low ranking for anything else other than the fact that we have AMAZING films coming up. Bambi is one of the most serious, most touching, and best films in the Disney Canon. And I think you can see how much I love these films.