Got to see this at the ArcLight in LA with a Q&A with Guillermo del Toro, Doug Jones and Octavia Spencer afterwards. A great night.
For years, the horror genre has had this theme of being stalked. Someone is following you, walking behind you, and no matter how fast you try to get away from them, they will always catch up with you. Characters like Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees thrive on this idea, and the zombie classics created all of their tension this way, knowing they would reach you at some point no matter how slow they creeped. But what if the thing following…
Watching this classic once again in honor of Tyrus Wong, the film's lead artist, who passed just a few days ago. Indeed, his paintings and visual style inspired much of the look of the film. His backgrounds were a forest I've often daydreamed about escaping to and living within, lush and surreal through every season.
As I've gotten older, Bambi has become my favorite Disney film, appreciating it past its cuteness of character, moreso on serious levels of ecological commentary, atmospheric storytelling and especially its romantic artistry. Tyrus Wong’s hand helped to create this masterpiece of animation. He will be sorely missed but, hopefully, always remembered.