Pre-production began in 1936 and was intended to be Disney's second full-length animated film after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Disney's perfection and quest for realism delayed the project significantly, so Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), The Reluctant Dragon (1941) and Dumbo (1941) were released earlier than Bambi.
The most recent release from the Walt Disney Classics Collection is the classic winter scene (pictured above) an Open Edition scene released in November, 2005, featuring Bambi, Thumper and Flower. The scene also includes a Frozen Pond Base, released in January 2006. Scene sculpted by Kent Melton and marks the first time Kent has had an opportunity to sculpt Bambi (he was always hopeful he would have a chance).