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Bambi - June 15, 8pm, Samuel Goldwyn Theatre

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  • Bambi - June 15, 8pm, Samuel Goldwyn Theatre

    The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is screening a newly-restored digital version of "Bambi" on Wednesday, June 15 at 8pm in the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre. The host is Leonard Maltin, and there will also be a panel discussion with special guests (not yet announced) following the screening. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and are available for purchase starting June 1 at the Academy during regular business hours, by mail, or on the night of the screening, if tickets are still available. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. See this link for more information:
    http://www.oscars.org/events/bambi/index.html.

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    Originally posted by cstephens
    The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is screening a newly-restored digital version of "Bambi"
    Did George Lucas come in and make it clearer, add scenes with Jabba the Hutt, and Make Bambi's mom shoot first? Otherwise I don't think I wanna see it.
    What an idiot....

    Yeah, I do that Twitter thing.

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    • #3
      I've been to the Goldwyn Theater a number of times and it's one of the premiere movie houses in SoCal. Being the Academy's showcase auditorium it has state of the art projection, huge screen and is very comfortable. Anyone able to attend the screening should do so. Especially if you've never seen Bambi in a theater.
      "America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between." Oscar Wilde

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      • #4
        I'm a huge fan of Bambi, I'm going to try to make it with the Jr. Miss. Sounds like a fun evening, and I've never seen Bambi on the big screen, so it will be quite a treat.
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        • #5
          Thanks so much for posting this! I've never seen Bambi on the big screen. When I watched the stunning new DVD release of Bambi one of the first things I said was how much I'd love to see it in a theatre. I will not be missing this event. Big thanks!
          What if the Hokey-Pokey really is what it's all about?

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          • #6
            Wish I could join you!
            "America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between." Oscar Wilde

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            • #7
              The last time I saw Bambi on the big screen was 1957. The line was around the block! We just bought the new DVD and have watched it once, but just might have to attend this screening. Thanks for the info.
              "Yesterday, a man walked up to me and said, 'Isn't it a shame that Walt Disney couldn't be here to see this?' and I said, "He did see this, that's why it's here."
              -Art Linkletter July 17, 2005-


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              • #8
                We attended this event last night, and we had a great time. The host was Leonard Maltin, who started off the evening talking about the film and the efforts at restoration. Then he introduced two members of the restoration team, Theo Gluck and Steve Poehlein, who did a presentation explaining the process of how the restoration was done. They said that normally, prints are struck from a third or even fourth generation master. However, they were able to start from the original negatives of the film with this restoration. They talked a bit about the entire process and then showed a short clip (the one where all the animals are going to see Bambi shortly after he was born) in three forms: first was the normal presentation of the film, second was the original negative version of the film, and third was the final restored version. It was really amazing to see. The new version is pristine and beautiful, with clarity and gorgeous colors, and the soundtrack is clear.

                After the presentation, they showed the film, which is in digital form. After that, they had a panel discussion hosted by Maltin that included four guests: Ollie Johnston, Peter Behn (voice of young Thumper), Cammie King (voice of young Faline) and animator Andreas Deja (who has worked on numerous Disney animated films). Peter's recordings were done while he was between the ages of 4 and 6, and Cammie was about the same age, so neither remembers too much specifically about the experience. Ollie talked about how his goal is always to make the characters come to life, to treat them as living beings, and Andreas made a good point about not animating the characters per se but internalizing the characters and letting them come out and show you how they should be animated. Ollie talked a bit about Frank Thomas as well and his contributions, and Leonard Maltin made a comment about how Ollie always deflects credit to his partner but that he deserved a lot of credit too. Listening to Ollie, it made me think that we need to add some more books to our collection, because I want to hear more of his stories about what it was like to work on these pictures. In the audience, there were many members of the restoration team in attendance as well as the original art designer on the film.

                I always think it's interesting to see the disparate people who come to these kinds of events. The age range itself ran from young children there with their parents to people probably in their 60s and 70s and older, all to see a 60+ year old animated film. The theatre was fairly crowded. It's been many years since I've seen a film in that theatre, but I was reminded last night what a great venue it is.

                Currently on display in the downstairs lobby of the theatre is an exhibit of posters from animated films. We walked around and looked at those for a while. Also on display was original artwork (pencil drawings, water colors, cels) from "Bambi", and those were great to look at as well.

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