Normally, I would applaud the attempt to do a live action remake of an animated film. The films based on princesses do rather well despite the constant controversy that surrounds them. Well, here is one film that won't have to worry about the controversy over who is picked to play the role of the lead.
The question everyone is going to ask is how do you kill Bambi's mom?
One of the co-writers, Lindsey Anderson Beer, recently spoke to Collider and had this to say about what parents can expect from the live version of the film.
"“Not to spoil the plot, but there’s a treatment of the mom dying [in the original film] that I think some kids, some parents these days are more sensitive about than they were in the past,” she said. “And I think that’s one of the reasons that they haven’t shown it to their children.” "- Lindsey Anderson Beer Via Collider.com
She would follow that up with “I do think there is a way to update Bambi and our take on it was… did give a little bit more of a scope to it." Are they planning to sanitize the visuals that were not really shown in the original or will this be an off-screen out of scene incident that is more in the line of the first one?
I get that in todays modern world of AI and animation, bringing an animated deer and his best friend who happens to be a rabbit, to life as real animals is interesting in the sense of how they do it. The Jungle Book was a fantastic use of varying species of ape and other animals brought to life in a fantastic way.
The same could be said about the live action Lion King.
It will be interesting to see the final product when this if finally completed and there is some instances that will generate quite a bit of appeal but overall is this really a story that needs to be told in a live action setting?
I suppose the answer to that lies more in how many kids these days have never seen the original animated film? Probably quite a few.
Here's an idea, instead of remaking it as a live film, why not just re-animate the film with modern tech and throw it back on theaters?