In celebration of the 74th anniversary of Bambi this Saturday, the folks at Oh My Disney, have done some research into the making of the animated classic. They also shared some pictures of Walt Disney interacting with deer that was used for reference during production of the film.

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Deemed a visual breakthrough, the project employed a team of animators to expertly capture the complex structure and movement of animals, an almost decade-long endeavor, which set the standard for future projects in animation.