Bambi's mother was a deer living in the forest. She is the wife of The Great Prince of the Forest and mother to their son Bambi. She is featured in Bambi in which she raises Bambi and educates him about the forest. However, she is killed by a hunter halfway through the film. She is the Great Princess of The Forest. She is very close to Ena who is not related to her. She is voiced by Paula Winslowe in the first film and Carolyn Hennesy in the second one.
Little is known about the early life of Bambi's mother except that she and her future husband the Great Prince met in childhood and that she grew up with a doe named Mena.
Bambi's mother is shown during the first of the film, having just given birth to Bambi, her only son. She is often teaching Bambi about the forest and warning him of the dangers of Man. She and Bambi endure Summer, and then a harsh Winter together in which there is little food in the forest. When out in the meadow, she and Bambi find a small patch of grass to graze, suggesting that Spring was near.
Halfway through their meal, she senses danger, and told Bambi to run back to the den as fast as he could. She sprints after him, continuing to urge him onward. Gunshots are heard in the background, but she tells him to keep running, and not to look back. After a loud gunshot rings throughout the forest, Bambi makes it safely back to the den. He turns, expecting her to be with him, only to find silence.
He leaves the den and begins calling for her, but she does not answer. The Great Prince finds Bambi, and tells him that she could no longer be with him, and then tells him to come with him. This reveals the death of Bambi's mother, and that The Great Prince was his father. She had sacrificed herself to save Bambi and the Great Prince.
Bambi's mother makes a short appearance to Bambi in his dream, telling him that everything would be alright, and that she would always be with him in his heart. After waking up, Bambi still hears her voice. He goes to the meadow and discovers she is not there. Her voice still trails out on the meadow sending Bambi to find her and becomes in a life and death situation. After being chased by Man's dogs, he asks his father if she is ever coming back, and the Great Prince answers no, meaning that Bambi's mother is gone, but probably dead.
At one point, the film was meant to show her body after she was shot, but was later removed as it would be too dark.
She is similar to Tod's mother in The Fox and the Hound and Mufasa in The Lion King in the sense of teaching her son the lessons of life and death at his young age. Both are also killed by the film's main villain (Mufasa by Scar and her by Man). Both also appear in their sons' dream/nightmare in the second films (Mufasa in the sequel and her in midquel).