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Is Bambi too traumatic for a 3 year old?

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Thinkstoomuch Thu 10-Jul-08 21:59:02

Found it for 50p in the charity shop and was about to put it on for DS1 when I remembered being a little 'un way back in the 70s at a Saturday matinee showing at the cinema and crying my eyes out when Bambi's mother copped it.

Anyone seen it recently? Is DS going to be upset?

BoysAreLikeDogs Thu 10-Jul-08 22:01:10


My 8 year old bawled his eyes out.

Step away from the Bambi.

SNoraWotzThat Thu 10-Jul-08 22:01:33

It still makes me cry

Ecmo Thu 10-Jul-08 22:01:54

Nah he's a boy.
He'll probably make a gun out of a stick and shoot all the other animals throughout the film
Thats what my little horror darling would do!

mine have had it for a few years and it didnt upset them.

harpomarx Thu 10-Jul-08 22:03:53

reckon a 4 year old could handle it better than me. Don't they would understand the deep pathos of the mother copping it scene.

cat64 Thu 10-Jul-08 22:05:12

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BibiThree Thu 10-Jul-08 22:06:05

Has he coped well with Nemo? I think if he can survive the majority of a family being wiped out followed by a kidnapping, then one deer death shouldn't shock him grin

GrinningGorilla Thu 10-Jul-08 22:06:14

my 3 year old was a bit bothered by the scene with the savage snarling dogs trying to bite bambi's mate. but that was all.

Heated Thu 10-Jul-08 22:07:23

saw it when I was 5, have never seen it again, I still carry the scars blush

SNoraWotzThat Thu 10-Jul-08 22:07:45

Don't even talk to me about Dumbo
Gets me everytime.

dinny Thu 10-Jul-08 22:08:17

yeah, my dd was very distraught at 5 watching it

harpomarx Thu 10-Jul-08 22:09:10

yes, reckon kids that age are more bothered by the obvious scary stuff (savage snarling dogs, as gg says).

either they don't notice the sad emotional stuff or they sublimate it and have to have therapy when they are older [evil laughing emoticon]

harpomarx Thu 10-Jul-08 22:09:44

oops, sorry Heated!

Thinkstoomuch Thu 10-Jul-08 22:09:55

Ah Nemo - he loves that film. BUT he completely misunderstood the entire first scene. He kept saying 'aah, that man has lost his squirrel' (Coral).

WilfSell Thu 10-Jul-08 22:09:58

Bambi's too traumatic for a 41 year old.

And Dumbo. It's on the mothers' banned list.

tiredemma Thu 10-Jul-08 22:13:39

<gulp> sad

Thinkstoomuch Thu 10-Jul-08 22:13:40

That kind of means he missed the point of the entire film, doesn't it?

Thinkstoomuch Thu 10-Jul-08 22:14:57

Bless him, he's not dim but I do wonder how he watched it 10 times without grasping there was never a squirrel in it.

divastrop Thu 10-Jul-08 22:15:16

my dc have never seen bambi,or dumbo.i think i would let them watch nighmare on elm street before i let them watch those horrible sad films.

frankie3 Thu 10-Jul-08 22:24:31

My DS1 aged 3 was distraught when Dumbo's mummy was taken away - I had to fast forward to the end to show him that it was a happy ending. But recently (now aged 7) he watched ET and was totally unmoved by the ending, asking why I was crying!

I couldn't cope with the begining of The Fox and The Hound, so have never watched Bambi, and never will.

And Dumbo - why do I always forget how sad it is?

davidtennantsmistress Thu 10-Jul-08 22:27:13

well, my DS is 2.5 and loves it he laughs (but mostly at the bambi trying to talk/walk bit) then he gets bored and runs off - tbh I think it's lost on him the meaning behind the film.

he's watched the cartoon robin hood as well but bambi seems to be the one he asks for.

sleepycat Thu 10-Jul-08 22:29:22

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PortBlacksandResident Thu 10-Jul-08 22:30:27

Dumbo gets me EVERY time.

In fact - if it didn't make someone cry i'd seriously question their sanity grin.

threestars Thu 10-Jul-08 22:31:13

DS is 3, almost 4, and he thinks that if you die, you get better after a little bit and coee to life again.hmm

I had the same worries about reading DS Babar the Elephant but it didn't seem to bother him. At all. Quite disappointing really, that the loss of a mother was accepted in such a blase manner...

On another note, I've noticed he's not so interested in old animated films as he's so used to the high tech, fast-moving ones.

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