'It's a real slippery slope': Piers slams Disney's plan for 'woke' Bambi remake

Tuesday, 3rd October 2023

Piers Morgan has called Disney's live action remake of the classic animated film, Bambi the latest victim of the 'woke war' on culture.

It comes after former Disney screenwriter Lindsey Anderson Beer said in an interview with Collider that the movie's most famous scene, in which Bambi's mother sadly dies, could be scrapped as it's triggering for modern day parents and their children.

"There's a treatment of the mum dying, that I think some parents these days are more sensitive about than they were in the past. I think that's one of the reasons that they haven't shown it to their children."

"I can't tell you how many kids I've seen who've never seen Bambi, which is such a shame."

Joined by TalkTV contributors, Ernest Owens and Tomi Lahren, Piers said the suggestion Disney could make revisions to one of the most iconic scenes in the classic animated film was "just nuts!"

He said children are facing an epidemic of anxiety because society feels a need to "protect them so ridiculously much all the time".

The original movie, released in 1942, told the story of a young fawn named Bambi as he learns his place in the forest. 

The scene Anderson Beer had been referring to shows him and his mum attempting to escape a hunter, who manages to kill her while Bambi escapes. 

A remake was announced by Disney in 2020 with reports the studio had hired Anderson Beer and Tomb Raider writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet to write the script. 

Anderson Beer has since had to step away from the project due to clashes in her schedule, including her directorial debut of Pet Sematary: Bloodlines. 

Piers slammed Disney's plans to try and airbrush the reality of Bambi mum being killed, "What's next, you're going to remake Jaws and make sure the shark doesn't eat anyone. In case someone is triggered and can't go swimming?"

Bambi as seen in the 1942 animated film / Credit: Getty

But Mr Owens disagreed saying: "The reality is that as society evolves, we should also think about the impact. We are in a different type of world."

"There's a lot of violence on TV, there's a lot of of grotesqueness. This is a very smart move, it shows progress."

Ms Lahren hit back saying she thought there were more more problematic things to have to explain to children besides the death of animals.

"Kids are exposed to that every single day, certainly in the United States. The priorities to me are so astounding"

"I also wish they would stop remaking Disney classics. Can they not come up with anything new that they have to remake all the classics?"

Piers agreed and said: "It's a real slippery slope. Once you started going after every classic, they're all flawed. There is no film that won't be cancelled".