Length: 70 minutes
Director: David Hand
Writers: Perce Pearce & Larry Morey, with Vernon Stallings, Melvin Shaw, Carl Fallberg, Chuck Couch & Ralph Wright; based on a novel by Felix Salten
Starring: Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Peter Behn, Tim Davis, Donnie Dunagan, Sam Edwards, Sterling Holloway, Bobby Stewart, John Sutherland, Paula Winslowe, Will Wright
Music: Frank Churchill & Larry Morey (songs); Edward H. Plumb (score)
Distinctions: Oscar nominations for Best Score, Best Song (“Love Is a Song”) and Best Sound Recording
Synopsis: the first year of a deer’s life
How I saw it: on video (have on VHS), yesterday
Concept: Indifferent. It’s a fairly novel idea, but not exactly compelling.
Special effects/design: Great.
Music: Indifferent. Not bad songs, but the musical sequences are pointless and boring.
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay). The animation is absolutely amazing – one of the most visually impressive animated films I’ve ever seen. But there’s no story, so it’s really boring to watch. Also, it bothers me that none of the animals in this forest eat each other.
Objective Rating: 2.5/4 (Okay).