Walt Disney's favorite film, "Bambi" makes its world television premiere on The Disney Channel Sunday at 7 p.m. on "The Magical World of Disney."
Released almost 50 years ago, in 1942, this classic film took five years to complete. Disney was proudest of "Bambi" because of its monumental technical and artistic accomplishment, which became known as "personality animation."
The film, which traces the life of a sweet and curious fawn, includes Bambi's forest friends Thumper, the foot-stomping bunny; Flower, the skunk; Friend Owl, and Faline, the beautiful female fawn with whom Bambi falls in love.
The movie stood alone in its time for its beauty and drama and the realism of forest life. It pioneered three-dimensional animation with the extensive use of the multiplane camera. Most of all, it was a heart-warming story of a young deer's life from his birth through the arrival of his own two fawns.
Additional playdates: Tuesday, Friday, and Feb. 10, 13, 21, 23 and 27.
Monday on Arts and Entertainment at 9 p.m. the world premiere of Arthur Miller's "Clara" on the opening of "General Motors Playwrights Theater." The series, known last year as "American Playwrights Theater," will include three additional one-act plays, one each month. These made-for-television plays were videotaped in New York at the Kaufman-Astoria Studios by Nederlander Television and Film Productions. Lauren Bacall will host the series. Gladys Nederlander is the executive producer.
The other three plays: "It's Called the Sugar Plum," by Israel Horovitz; "The Last Act Is a Solo," by Robert Anderson, and "Unpublished Letters" by the late Jonathan C. Levine. "Clara" will repeat at 1 a.m. and on Feb. 10 at noon.
Following the play, "A&E Stage" will air a one-hour biographical sketch in which Miller talks about his life and career. The program includes extracts from a number of his plays, including "Death of a Salesman" and "After the Fall."
Wednesday on USA Network at 9 p.m. Mare Winningham stars in the world premiere movie "Fatal Exposure," about a single mother whose summer vacation with her two young sons turns deadly when a local photo store mixes up her snapshots with photos of an assassination target. Repeats Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.
Saturday on The Discovery Channel at 2 a.m. and 11 p.m., the second installment of the 12-part series, "The Incredibly Strange Film Show." It's an offbeat look at some of Hollywood's most outrageous producers and their cult classics. This episode deals with George Romano and two of his presentations, "Night of the Living Dead" and "Dawn of the Dead."