Bambi Featurette: How to Draw Bambi

How to Draw BambiAnother from the "Found Treasures" file - the recent 60th anniversary blu-ray release of Disney's Alice in Wonderland got us waxing nostalgic for all things Disney. The glorious restoration sparkles with crisp 1080p/AVC-encoded deliciousness, and for the first time ever, we're able to see brush strokes and tiny glints from the hand-drawn frames. Our newly-revived Disney animation curiosity naturally led us to to the internet where we ran across this cool seven-step video of How to Draw Bambi.

The process (highlighted in the short video below) features long-time Disney animator Andreas Deja who also narrates while drawing the nimble-legged fawn. As is the case with nearly everything "Disney," we're certain there's an official laundry list of "do's" and "dont's" with regards to properly depicting the character, so it's interesting to observe Deja describe the exact number and placement of spots on Bambi's back - three above and two below. Imagine the liberties that would undoubtedly be taken by animators throughout the years if there weren't an approved template to follow. In fact, Deja can be noticed referencing a master of some kind off camera.

Andreas Deja is an animator for Walt Disney Animation Studios and is most known for creating feature film characters such as Hercules from Hercules, Jafar from Aladdin, and Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. Deja was hired by the studio in 1980 after he had corresponded with Eric Larson. The first film on which he worked was The Black Cauldron, during which time he shared a cubicle with renowned film director Tim Burton.

Share in our trip down Nostalgia Avenue and enjoy the How to Draw Bambi Featurette:

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