First Disney edition of this classic tale, with a beautiful large inscription by Disney on the half title.
"BAMBI is a key film in the Disney canon [... it] would influence many Disney features to follow." – Kirsten Moana Thompson, in AMERICAN FILM HISTORY
With the success of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES in 1937, Disney looked for more European children's tales to adapt. The same year he acquired the film rights to both PINOCCHIO (first published in Italian by Carlo Collodi in 1883) and BAMBI (in German by Felix Salten in 1923). "Looking beyond its somber, darker tones, Walt Disney recognized in BAMBI a celebration of the wild that stretched far beyond its European lineage, something that everyone could relate to" (West). The idealize of nature first fully depicted in BAMBI would become a core theme of future Disney films. Scarce and most desirable signed.
Read more: Cynthia Lucia et al, editors, American Film History: Selected Readings, Origins to 1960; Mark I. West, editor, Walt Disney, from Reader to Storyteller.
Boston: D.C. Heath and Company, (1944). Full title: Walt Disney's Bambi. Adapted from Felix Salten. Retold by Idella Purnell. Illustrated by the Walt Disney Studio 8.25'' x 6'' Original tan cloth, scene of Bambi sleeping with his mother in shades of green and brown on front board, spine lettered in brown. Green pictorial endpapers. No dust jacket as issued. Color illustrated title page and color illustrations throughout, many full page. , 102 pages. Bold inscription in red colored pencil by Walt Disney on halt title. Only a hint of rubbing to boards.
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