Former Disney screenwriter behind Bambi remake calls for scene in which the famous deer’s mother dies to be scrapped because it is too triggering for parents and children
- Screenwriter Lindsey Anderson Beer has said that a remake of Bambi needs reworked as parents are more ‘sensitive’
- Anderson Beer was hired by Disney studios to rework the classic film for a modern audience, but has since left the project
- The scene she had been discussing was the death of the titular character’s mother
A former Disney screenwriter behind the Bambi remake has said the scene in which famous deer’s mother dies should be reworked as parents are more ‘sensitive’.
Film writer and director Lindsey Anderson Beer had been working on a live-action version of the much loved Bambi film to bring it to a modern audience.
Part of the process of modernizing the classic 1942 film she said was to remove the death scene of the titular characters mother.
Speaking to Collider, Anderson Beer said this was due to parents now being more ‘sensitive’ than previous generations.
Anderson Beer said: ‘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.’
Anderson Beer, right, had been talking to Collider journalist Perri Nemiroff, left, when she made the comments
The film tells the story of Bambi and his friends, including a rabbit named Thumper seen here on the right, and a skunk named Flower as comes of age
She continued: ‘And I think that’s one of the reasons that they haven’t shown it to their children.
‘What’s interesting about Bambi to me is it absolutely is a classic and it’s a beautiful love poem, such artistry to it.
‘I do think there’s an entire generation of children who have never seen the original and that’s very different from, say Little Mermaid or Aladdin or the 90’s heyday films that they’ve definitely already seen.
‘I can’t tell you how many kids I’ve seen who’ve never seen Bambi, which is such a shame.
‘The thing is, it is such a gorgeous film. It’s a little bit of a different tempo than I think modern audiences are used to.’
Anderson Beer had to step away from the Bambi project due to other projects including her directorial debut of Pet Sematary: Bloodlines.
On social media, her comments have been criticized for making the classic film go ‘woke’.
One person posted on platform X, formerly known as Twitter, saying: ‘Why the f*** do they want to modernize Bambi? Screw Woke Disney.’
Another commented: ‘Bambi has officially gone woke. Expect pronoun and critical race to kill Bambi’s mom.’
On social media, her comments have been criticized for making the classic film go ‘woke’
The scene she had been discussing was the death of the titular character’s mother
The original movie, released in 1942, told the story of a young fawn named Bambi as he learns his place in the forest
The original movie, released in 1942, told the story of a young fawn named Bambi as he learns his place in the forest.
The scene Anderson Beer had been referring to shows him and his mom attempting to escape a hunter, who manages to kill her while Bambi escapes.
With his two friends, a rabbit named Thumper and a skunk named Flower, Bambi comes of age as he faces the joys and heartache, the loss of a parent, of growing up.
News of the remake first came to light in 2020 when The Hollywood Reporter said the studio had hired Anderson Beer and Tomb Raider writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet to write the script.
Back then, insiders told the outlet that the studio viewed Bambi as a companion piece to their remakes of The Jungle Book and The Lion King.
The outlet also said that the studio was cognizant that Bambi was ‘less epic in scope and story’ and wouldn’t be aiming to shoehorn a larger story into the classic.