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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Doe, A Deer

On August 13, 1942, Walt Disney released his fifth full length picture, Bambi. Bambi was one of those movies I could recite from memory; I watched it that much. I definitely cried with every viewing. (Come on. You know you did, too.) Here are a few fun facts I bet you didn't know about Bambi and deer:

  • Cervine means deerlike. It comes from the Latin word cervinus for deer.
  • Mississippi is home to an estimated 1.75 million deer. Texas is the only state with a larger deer herd.
  • Austrian Jew Felix Salten published his book Bambi: A Life in the Woods in 1928. Walt Disney made changes, so if you love the movie, you should definitely try the book.
  • The Nazis perceived the book as an allegory for their treatment of the Jews; They banned and burned it in 1936.
If you'd like to learn more about deer in Mississippi, the MSU Extension Service is a great place to start. Me? I'm going to hunt down a copy of Bambi.

Lambert, Angela. The Lost Life of Eva Braun. New York, NY: St. Marin's Press, 2014. Print. 
"cervine, adj." OED Online. Oxford University Press, June 2015. Web. 13 August 2015.

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