Walt Disney wanted all of the animals to be more realistic and expressive than those in "Snow White". He had Rico LeBrun, a wildlife animal painter, come into the Disney Studios to lecture to the animators on the structure and movement of animals. The animators went on excursions to the Los Angeles Zoo and Walt Disney set up a small zoo at the Disney Animation Studio with animals such as rabbits, ducks, owls, skunks, and a pair of fawns aptly named Bambi and Faline; so that the artists could see first-hand animal movement.
Animator Marc Davis created the final design of Bambi by incorporating LeBurn's realistic study of deer anatomy but exaggerating the character's face by making his proportions baby-like; including a short snout and big expressive eyes. "Bambi" was Walt Disney's favorite film he ever made, and it is not too surprising given his love of nature films.The special effects, particularly the water, and the lush hand painted backgrounds create a wonderful environment that allows the viewer to be totally immersed into the film. Combined with a great story of friendship and complete success in the creation of characters; the film is able to provide amazing feelings of both happiness and sadness, as the viewer watches Bambi grows up from fawn to deer. Thumper (whose name is derived from his common habit of thumping his hind left foot), is Bambi's first and closest friend. He is a young, comical rabbit; and a well-known inhabitant of the forest who takes Bambi "under his wings" and teaches him the ways of the forest.
Thumper was voiced by 4-year-old Peter Behn. With Behn's voice added to the film; suddenly the vivacious bunny character was expanded from him having only minor role, to playing a much more significant lead. In addition, the film underwent a major plot change with the theme of friendship front and center. The character of Thumper was initially designed by animator Marc Davis and was brought to life by several animators including: Frank Thomas, Milt Kahl, Eric Larson, and Ollie Johnston.
Thumper was not only voiced by Peter Behn (young Thumper), but by Tim Davis (young adult Thumper) and Sam Edwards (adult Thumper). This is a wonderful original production animation drawing of Thumper from the very famous snow/ice scene. Bambi awakens to find his first snow covered forest.The pond has frozen over, and his bunny friend Thumper assures him it's safe and he says, Hiya, Bambi. Thumper lifts his left back paw, races down the snow covered hill, and slides cross the ice covered pond. Bambi follows and slips and slides across the frozen pond. This is a great full figure, eyes and mouth open drawing of Thumper rendered in red and graphite pencils.
His paw is raised and he is ready to run down the snowy hillside. A beautiful and rare piece of vintage Walt Disney original production animation that is perfect for any art collection! Measurements: Size - Thumper: 2 3/4 x 2 1/2", Sheet: 10 x 12". Condition: See pictures below of the actual drawing, which is in excellent overall condition as shown by the pictures above! All items we sell are from a smoke-free/mold-free home/workplace and are in excellent condition unless otherwise noted.
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