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Background information
Feature films Bambi
Bambi II
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
Enchanted (cameo)
Television programs Walt Disney anthology series
Mickey Mouse Works (cameo)
House of Mouse
A Poem Is...
Video games
Park attractions It's a Small World
Fantasmic!
Celebrate the Magic
World of Color
Disney Dreams!
Parade of the Stars
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Frank Thomas
Milton Kahl
Eric Larson
Oliver M. Johnston, Jr.
Marc Davis
Chris Bailey
Voice Peter Behn (young, original film)
Tim Davis (adolescent, original film)
Brendon Baerg (adolescent, midquel)
Sam Edwards (adult, original film)
Veronica Taylor (currently)
Performance model
Designer Marc Davis
Inspiration Beatrix Potter's Benjamin Bunny
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Critical, good-hearted, impatient, nagging, caring, brave, kind, cute, loyal, fun-loving, playful
Appearance Slender gray rabbit, handsome, pink nose, short long ears with pink innards, white muzzle, frill, and cottontail, hazel eyes, buck-toothed, cream eye circles, cheeks, belly, and feet, pink prints on his foot soles, thin black eyebrows
Birthday
Occupation
Alignment
Affiliations
Alignment Good
Goal To help Bambi learn and teach him to be brave
Home The forest
Relatives His father
Mrs. Hare (mother)
Miss Bunny (wife)
His sisters
His daughters
Roger Rabbit (nephew)
Pets
Allies Bambi franchise: Bambi, Flower, Bambi's mother, Friend Owl, Faline, Miss Bunny, The Great Prince of the Forest
Crossover material: Mickey and Friends, Li'l Bad Wolf
Minions
Enemies Bambi franchise: Ronno, Man, Man's pets
Crossover material: Big Bad Wolf
Likes Clover blossoms, thumping, hopping, having fun, helping Bambi, ice-skating
Dislikes His sisters (sometimes), his father's advice, Man, forest fires
Powers and abilities His thumps (with his right or left foot)
His hops
His strength
Weapons
Fate Becomes a mate and a father, then has 4 daughters.
Quote "I'm thumpin'. That's why they call me Thumper."
Eating greens is a special treat, it makes long ears and great big feet. (But it sure is awful stuff to eat.)
―Thumper

Thumper is a rabbit who serves as one of the deuteragonists of Disney's 1942 animated film Bambi, and its 2006 midquel. He is known and named for his habit of thumping his left hind foot.

Background

Thumper is a young, comical rabbit and well-known inhabitant of the forest. He was the first and closest friend of Prince Bambi, whom he sees as great potential for amazing things; taking the young fawn "under his wings" and teaching him the ways of the forest, to some extent.

Development

The character was an important influence upon the development of the 1942 film Bambi which started production with an adult tone which seemed too serious and noncommercial. As voiced by the young actor 4-year-old Peter Behn, the vivacious character of Thumper was expanded from its original minor role and led to a focus upon the young animals in the story.

Personality

Unlike Bambi, Thumper can be rather mischievous but ultimately means well. He often gives his close friends advice on a handful of topics but they usual get them into trouble. As an adult he hasn't changed much and continues to speak rather loud and thumps his left or right foot.

Appearances

Bambi

One beautiful day in the forest, a doe gave birth to Bambi, the young prince of the forest. Thumper and Bambi quickly form a friendship, and Thumper takes it into his hands to teach Bambi the ropes, such as how to walk and talk. During one of these lessons, Bambi and Thumper meet and befriend a skunk named Flower. At another day, Bambi is out with his mother when Thumper appears again, telling him to eat blossoms, and not grass. However, Thumper's mother forces him to eat the grass as well, being that it's healthier.

During the winter, Thumper teaches Bambi how to ice-skate, which proves to be rather difficult for the young prince. Later on, Bambi's mother is tragically killed by Man.

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Adult Thumper in the original film.

The next scene takes place years after with a now adult Thumper, Bambi, and Flower. It is Springtime and Friend Owl, a good friend to Bambi's family, warns the trio about the "dangers" of becoming twitterpated (falling in love). The three claim they'll never fall victim to this, and make their way through the forest.

As their walk becomes longer, Flower falls for a female skunk. Disgusted by the sight, Thumper and Bambi continue on. Eventually, a female bunny becomes smitten with Thumper, and she begins to flirt, luring him into her lap. Soon after, Bambi would fall for his childhood friend Faline. Sometime after, Thumper has revealed to have children of his own, as well as Flower. Both newly named fathers make way for Faline's den to witness the birth of Bambi's children, with Bambi now assuming the role as Great Prince of the Forest.

Bambi II

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Thumper in Bambi II.

The events in Bambi II take place after the death of Bambi's mother, but before Bambi's adulthood. With his mother gone, Bambi is to live with his father, The Great Prince of the Forest, until a suitable replacement mother is found. During this time, Bambi finds it to be very difficult to connect with his father, and Thumper offers to help. Throughout the film, Thumper gives Bambi lessons on how to impress the Great Prince, and prove that he can be mighty as well.

As a side plot in the film, Thumper is constantly being followed by his sisters, though he finds them to be rather annoying. At the climax of the film, Man's dogs hunt down Bambi, and Thumper pitches in to help by telling Flower to make his "brave face" which causes him to let out his stink.

In the end, Thumper tells the story of the climatic dog chase to Faline, and other members of the forest, though he exaggerates it to make him seem like more of the hero.

Thumper's Thicket

Thumper was set to have his own show as a part of The Disney Afternoon block although the idea for the show never really developed and is one of few ideas for Disney Afternoon shows that never made it off the drawing board.

Mickey Mouse Works

Thumper makes two cameos in the Donald Duck short "Donald's Charmed Date".

House of Mouse

Thumper makes numerous cameo appearances in the animated series House of Mouse. In the episode "Timon and Pumbaa", Thumper was going to be used by Timon for his "pull a rabbit out of a hat" trick, though Thumper thumped Timon's face and ran off. In the episode "Pete's House of Villains" , he and Bambi were angered when Pete insulted Flower by saying that the club stinks, especially him.

Enchanted

A rabbit resembling Thumper appears at the beginning of the 2D-animated portions of the film.

Disney Parks

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Thumper at Walt Disney World

The adult Thumper appears at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as a meetable character. He is usually found at Disney's Animal Kingdom meeting guests with or without his wife. Thumper also appears in the bubble montage in Fantasmic!

Like in the film, Thumper is capable of doing his characteristic thumping which can make a hollow tapping noise due to tap dancing material under his feet.

During his early appearances, when Flower also appeared, Thumper used to appear in his child form, though as the years passed, the costume used was changed to his adult form, as shown by him now having both his buck teeth, and the fact he is now found with or without Miss Bunny.

Thumper has his own spell card in the attraction Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom known as "Thumper's Mighty Thump."

Thumper and Bambi can be found in the Hong Kong Disneyland version of It's a Small World.

During the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival, Thumper has his own topiary located in Future World.

Thumper and his wife appeared in the "Valentine's Day" edition of the Night-time show Celebrate the Magic at the Magic Kingdom. In Disney California Adventure, Thumper makes an appearance in Winter Dreams, the winter themed rendition of the nighttime spectacular World of Color.

Trivia

  • Thumper is similar to Timon in The Lion King in the sense that both are smarter than their two pals, and get lots of ideas. Also in Bambi II and The Lion King 1½, both promise themselves that they are never going to cry, but both cried at final scene.
  • According to a line spoken by Roger Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Thumper is Roger's uncle.
  • Thumper is one of John Lasseter's favorite Disney characters, to the point that Lasseter named one of the grasshoppers in A Bug's Life after him.
  • In reality, rabbits thump their feet when frightened.
  • Thumper was listed #44 in Empire Magazine's The 50 Best Animated Movie Characters.
  • Thumper's current voice actor Veronica Taylor was the voice of Ash Ketchum in the Pokémon franchise.

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