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Tuesday, June 20 2017 09:40

Backyard Theater: Bambi (Disney Movies Under the Stars)

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This Disney Movies Under the Stars Backyard Theater feature is presented in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Signature Collection has been bringing movie fans all-new editions of some of the biggest classics from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Launching with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast and Pinocchio have also received the Signature treatment, and the latest to appear is the 1942 classic, Bambi. We have a strange relationship with that film here in our house... quite simply, my wife won't watch it. Still, that didn't stop us from making that our second film in our latest run of Disney Movies Under the Stars in our backyard theater here at Rock Father HQ with the Bambi Anniversary Edition.

About Disney's Bambi: A timeless classic that has been loved for generations, BAMBI now joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection. In this life-changing adventure, Bambi sets off with his best friends Thumper and Flower to explore the wonders and challenges of the woods -- and fulfill his destiny as prince of the forest. Full of humor and heart, and featuring awe-inspiring animation, BAMBI remains a family favorite, ready to delight a whole new generation. In striving for realism, the artists heard lectures from animal experts, made field trips to the Los Angeles Zoo, watched specially filmed nature footage shot in the forests of Maine, and even studied the movements of two fawns that were donated to the Studio."Fellas, this stuff is pure gold," Walt Disney told the animators. The story of the little deer coming of age has endured, and today, BAMBI is universally regarded as one of Walt Disney's most charming films.

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Despite some heavy themes (a tradition that Disney continues a la Big Hero 6, Inside Out, etc), the kids don't seem to mind, and Bambi has once again touched a new generation. 

If you're thinking about creating an outdoor theater for some backyard movies at your house, it's now pretty easy to do, and affordable as well! Here's our set-up!

A Backyard Home Theater Overview:

To build your own backyard theater, you really only need these five simple items: 1 - An LED projector; 2- something to project from (iPad/Tablet/Laptop/Blu-ray Player/etc; 3 - Speaker/Speakers; 4- proper cables to connect all the devices; 5- something to project onto - Screen/Wall/Fence/etc.

Our set-up here at Rock Father HQ includes an Ion Audio Tailgater - a one-piece portable speaker/P.A. system; an Axxa PICO P300 Micro Projector; an Amazon Essentials Digital AV Adapter for my iPad; and an Amazon Basics 3' HDMI Cable. I purchased the Camp Chef Outdoor Entertainment Gear 92" Portable Outdoor Screen from Amazon to complete our set-up, but many screens are available. 

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