I was not expecting to really like this movie. Usually I'm not a big fan of Disney's sequels. Mostly, I bought the movie for my three year old daughter because she absolutely loved the original Bambi movie. Well, now the old Bambi has been put aside in favor of the new. She calls it "New Bambi" and requests it constantly. I've seen the movie about a thousand times now, but I still find it cute. It's a great movie for toddlers, preschoolers, and those in early grades. The plot line is simple for young kids to understand. The movie starts at the point where Bambi's mom is killed. Bambi meets his father and learns that his mother is never coming back. He spends the rest of the movie growing up and trying to live up to his father's expectations. He makes new friends and learns about the world along the way. It's your basic "coming of age" plot. Kids can relate to his insecurities, and his wanting to please his father. Much of the movie is about Bambi, his friends, and the situations they get into. My daughter LOVES Ronno, the "bad boy" deer. (Oh No!)
The backgrounds and animation are beautiful, and very much like the old movie. Some of the music from the old movie is heard again too.
I would rate this an A+ movie for kids, and one that won't totally annoy the parents either. I found it endearing. The only undesirable thing my daughter got from the movie is the phrase "Big Ole Momma's Boy", which she now correctly uses to refer to the cat.