Lindsey Anderson Beer, a former Disney screenwriter responsible for the Bambi remake, suggests reworking the iconic scene where Bambi’s mother dies, considering the heightened sensitivity of today’s parents.
Beer, a film writer and director, had been involved in creating a contemporary live-action adaptation of the beloved 1942 film Bambi, aiming to make it relevant for today’s audience.
As part of the modernization process, she proposed omitting the poignant moment depicting the demise of Bambi’s mother.
In her conversation with Collider, Anderson Beer explained that the decision stemmed from the increased sensitivity of contemporary parents compared to previous generations.
She stated, ‘Not to spoil the plot, but there’s a treatment of the mom dying that I think some kids, some parents these days are more sensitive about than they were in the past.’
In her statements, Anderson Beer observed the evolving viewership dynamics, noting how Bambi, a timeless classic akin to a beautiful love poem depicted through art, has unfortunately been overlooked by a generation of children. She highlighted the contrast with popular 90s films like The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, which have become staples for many young viewers. Despite the exquisite visuals and distinct pacing of Bambi, which might differ from contemporary audience expectations, Anderson Beer lamented the missed opportunity for children to experience its charm.
Regrettably, Anderson Beer had to depart from the Bambi project, focusing her energies on other endeavors, including her directorial debut, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines.
Nonetheless, her remarks sparked controversy on platforms like X (formerly Twitter), with critics labeling the decision as a move towards a more socially conscious approach. One social media user expressed frustration, questioning the need to ‘modernize’ Bambi, while another cynically predicted the incorporation of pronouns and critical race theory in the narrative, suggesting a departure from the classic storyline.
The original 1942 movie narrated the tale of a young fawn named Bambi, exploring his journey to understand his role in the forest. The pivotal scene referenced by Anderson Beer depicts Bambi and his mother trying to evade a hunter, resulting in the mother’s tragic demise. Alongside his friends, Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk, Bambi navigates the challenges and joys of growing up, including the profound loss of a parent.
News about the remake surfaced in 2020, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Anderson Beer and Tomb Raider writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet were tasked with penning the script. At the time, insiders disclosed that the studio envisioned Bambi as a companion piece to their reimagined versions of The Jungle Book and The Lion King. It was noted that the studio acknowledged Bambi’s comparatively narrower scope and storyline, opting not to force a grander narrative into the beloved classic.