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Bambi opens in the US

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Seventy years ago, on 13 August 1942, Walt Disney’s Bambi premiered in US theaters. Bambi was the fifth of Walt Disney’s animated features following Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Dumbo. During WWII, Disney Studios also created over 1200 insignia for military outfits. Donald Duck was the character featured most—on over 200 insignia. Bambi’s rabbit friend, Thumper was featured, not on insignia, but in nose art as seen below. Thumper was painted on this B-29 assigned to the 73rd Bombardment Wing, 497th Bomb Group.

Gift of Stephen Gerard, 2002.264.174

Post by Curator Kimberly Guise.

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