Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Animated Features #1 and #2

Also 68 years apart.

... The two-disc "diamond edition" combo pack [of Bambi], which includes the film on Blu-ray Disc as well as standard DVD, easily debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert and Blu-ray Disc sales charts for the week ending March 6.

The previous week's top seller, Paramount/DreamWorks' Megamind, dropped to No. 2 on both charts, selling 75% as many copies its sophomore week as Bambi.

It's worth remembering that Bambi was an underperformer in its first domestic release back in 1942. It ended up being the last of Disney's pre-war features, even though it went into development soon after Snow White's completion.

So why is Bambi a hot seller sixty-eight years later? Screenwriter William Goldman catalogues the reasons in Adventures in the Screen Trade: The feature has heart, comedy, thrills and chills, but it's actually about the important elements of existence -- love, death, and choices made.

(And it's good to see two animated titles take the "Win" and "Show" positions.)


Anonymous said...

I picked it up! Certainly worth it, though I don't have a Blu-ray player yet so I only got to watch the TV. As always the remastering doesn't look great but I'm happy to own it.

Anonymous said...

Another Disney shakedown. I bought 'Fantasia' for thirty bucks and got a useless Blu-ray disc I could use as a beer coaster. Same with 'Bambi'. They wont sell one or the other for an honest price. Lucky they've gotten rid of those useless animators so they can hire more marketing geniuses.

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