Disney Writer Hints at a Woke ‘Bambi’ Remake

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The Walt Disney Company has been no stranger to controversy regarding its live-action remakes. It’s already been covered here and in multiple other media sources that it is a brand constantly called ‘woke.’

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Critics point to casting choices, changing classic Disney stories, adding warnings to old movies about cultural sensitivities, and increasing LBGTQ+ representation in films. In addition, people have viewed Disneyland Park and Walt Disney World Resort changing Splash Mountain as a ‘woke’ move.

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Although the definition of the word ‘woke’ may vary slightly depending upon who is using it and how they are using it, it’s a word that nowadays carries a negative connotation.

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Controversial Disney Remakes

The Walt Disney Company has been under fire lately for its constant live-action remakes. Aside from being viewed as a creatively bankrupt way to make movies, many also take issues with changes to the original Disney stories.

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Some examples include adding girls to the Lost Boys in Peter Pan and Wendy (the Peter Pan live-action remake) and changing song lyrics in The Little Mermaid (2023).

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Snow White Remake

There is also Snow White (2024) with Rachel Zegler, which has caused multiple controversies. The female star has criticized the Disney Park attraction, the original 1937 animated classic, and the studio has removed the dwarfs to replace them with magical creatures.

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The latter part, because removing little people from the cast is an effort to be inclusive…somehow.

Zegler and Snow White

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So when it came to light that Disney was going to continue with live-action remakes, many wondered if changing races, genders, characters, story plots, songs, etc., to avoid offending anyone would continue.

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Woke Bambi Remake?

It seems that Disney may be looking to double down in appealing to a modern social media audience. In a recent interview with Collider, writer and director Lindsey Anderson Beer said that the live-action Bambi script she was working on was being made to appeal to a more modern audience.


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Appealing to a “modern audience” or having a modern twist is often a code word for changing the original to be more inclusive and/or ‘woke.’

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The writer didn’t get into specifics, such as what may change aside from the death of Bambi’s mother.

“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. And I think that’s one of the reasons that they haven’t shown it to their children,” she said.

As expected, many Disney fans were upset about changes to the classic animated movie. Furthermore, people wonder what the writer could mean by changing the story to appeal to a “modern audience.”

Bambi Mother

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Will it be a woke Bambi remake? We just have to wait and see…

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)