Bambi stands between Thumper (left) and Flower (right) in a field of pastel flowers. Bambi is a fawn and has medium brown hair with lighter spots and a black nose. Thumper is a rabbit with a light gray coat with brown and white spots. Flower is a black and white skunk with big blue eyes.

Celebrate Bambi’s 80th Anniversary by Heeding Thumper’s Best Advice

By Victoria Hunt

On August 13, 2022, we are delighted to celebrate 80 years of the animated classic Bambi, which has remained a beloved film among Disney fans of all ages. Between the heartfelt lessons and adorable characters, it is no wonder why audiences continue to find themselves enamored by one of Walt Disney’s first films. To celebrate eight decades of Bambi, we turn to Bambi’s bestie Thumper for advice that has stood the test of time.

Thumper stands on his hind two legs atop a log. His right foot is up in the air as he tilts his head upwards.

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all” –Bambi (1942)
When Bambi had trouble finding his balance upon walking for the first time, Thumper’s mother reminds Thumper of this advice, which he repeats, before being tempted to criticize the young fawn.

“Eating greens is a special treat. It makes long ears and great big feet, but it sure is awful to eat…I made that last part up myself.”-Bambi (1942)
Thumper prefers tasty blossoms but never forgets to incorporate nutritious greens to keep him healthy with a little nudge from his mother. When showing Bambi his favorite snack, Thumper passes on his father’s advice, while also sharing a bit of his own with his friend.

Bambi stands looking at Thumper. Thumper is standing on a ledge of a rock with his two front feet in the air.  

“The trick is to be scarier than whatever’s scaring you”Bambi 2: The Great Prince of the Forest (2006)
When Bambi needs to prove himself to his father, Thumper gives him some lessons on being “scary,” to scare off any hesitancy and anxiety. With a little help (and some adorable growling), Bambi is ready to face his fears!

“You can do it!”Bambi (1942)
Bambi was terrified to jump over a log for the first time but Thumper continued to show his friend support by reminding him of these four simple words. With Thumper’s encouragement and a little assistance, Bambi overcomes his trepidation.