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.’
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.’