Hi! Just occurred to me that [[No Hunting] isn't done posing continuity tangles: it also features a cameo by fawn-Bambi and his mother. It would seem to me that the best way to account for this would be to assume that No Huntin takes place in 1940 or so, somewhere during the events of Bambi. This interestingly makes sense of "mother" being still alive, yet elderly… Does that sound good?
Sounds good as far as the Wiki is concerned. You're probably already aware, but Bambi cameos pose quite the problem with chronology. There are Bambi cameos simply everywhere! One notable cameo that might pose problems to your current hypothesis is in The Rescuers (1977). You can see the relevant clip here. Bambi (as a fawn), his mother, and some of the birds seen in Bambi all make cameo appearances. Unless our argument is that the deer and birds seen there are different creatures who just so happen to look like Bambi characters, I think we need to take that into consideration chronologically. The Rescuers is very important chronologically, as it takes place after the United Nations was founded. Based solely on that, it would have to take place in 1945 at the earliest! Unless we are to assume that the U.N. was founded earlier in the Prime Universe than in our real-world, then (once again, going off the assumption that we are going to count Bambi's cameo as a valid Bambi appearance) surely Bambi and No Hunting likewise take place in 1945 at the earliest.
The designs of some of the ducks and pheasants in Bambi are also reused in The Fox and the Hound. Friend Owl cameos in Goliath II (which I imagine we consider as canonical due to the appearance of Tick-Tock). I've heard it cited many times that Bambi's mother appears in both The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast; but the doe in The Jungle Book is colored differently and appears thinner, while the deer in The Beauty and the Beast is only seen from a distance, I think. I just now checked the Disney Wiki, and they also cite The Sword and the Stone as featuring a cameo from Bambi's mother, but once again, I'm not sure we have a close enough view of the character to confirm if it's Bambi's mother. Also, for what it's worth, Faline's mother looks nearly identical to Bambi's mother, so I don't think it's a stretch that there are just many does that share a strong resemblance.
I'm not sure if any of this is signficant or important chronologically, but I think the Rescuers cameo should definitely be given some thought, due to the fact that it's not just Bambi's mother who appears but fawn-Bambi himself as well as some birds from Bambi. Also, as I've already pointed out, The Rescuers must take place after the U.N. was founded. Whether that was 1945 in the Prime Universe or not, I do not know.
Edit: Faline grows up to look very similar to Bambi's mother in terms of build and size. Bambi's fawns look nearly identical to him, just with different coloring. Maybe it's not too much of stretch to say that the deer seen in The Rescuers are not Bambi and his mother but Faline and one of her fawns. I'm not sure if it will work for the Wiki or not, but it's an idea.
Goliath II is indeed canonical, not just because of Friend Owl and the Tick-Tock Crocodile, but also because of Rajah the Tiger himself, who, if you'll recall, is precisely the same tiger as previously seen in the Goofy cartoon Tiger Trouble. Nor is Friend Owl the only owl featured in in it; the unnamed non-anthropomorphic owl from Ichabod and Mr Toad is also featured, as, IIRC, is the Owl from Sleeping Beauty. They just decided to put all the Disney owls in a scene because why not?
Not, of course, that this poses any kind of continuity trouble on its own.
The other cameos, though… yeah. Bit of a mess. I agree that the Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast and Sword in the Stone does are clearly just other random does for whom they traced Bambi's mother's animation to save money. She doesn't appear in those films any more than Baloo is in Robin Hood. Similarly, I wouldn't read anything into the bird designs in Fox and the Hound, especially as those "designs" are just realistic depiction of the bird species rather than anything personalized; not, mind you, that within the Unaging Hypothesis these couldn't just be those same birds forty years on. Bambi, after all, is still alive as well in Donald's present, 2010's included.
I think that with The Rescuers so very obviously not happening in the early 1940's, it's best to also treat its cameos as just "hey, that deer looks lik………" rather than a serious attempt to feature the characters as such. The reason the No Hunting thing is undeniable is that Bambi's Mother gets a line and it's very obviously hers.
Also, a point on theorizing philosophy: unless at all avoidable (or it's a story self-consciously set in the future, obviously), I really wouldn't like to displace stories to a date later than their release date. One of the driving forces behind the “stories take place around the time they're released” philosophy is that no short amounts of stories tell us that the very Disney comics we read in the real world also exist within the Prime Universe as occasionally-embellished accounts of real events. Within this framing device, it's possible for a story that Don Rosa draws in 1987 to actually take place in 1951, if old Don's work was delayed (say, he took some time to talk Scrooge into letting him put it to paper because it was an embarrassing tale?) — but it just breaks that metafictional framing entirely if it's a story written in 1942 that takes place in 1946.
Of course, we can't literally hold to the principle that all Disney comics exist in-universe with the exact same release dates in the real world to be a hard canonical fact. But it's one of the variables to try and balance, is what I mean.
Yes, the cameo in No Hunting is definitely the one that would be hardest to rewrite as being another set of deer. Another reason to discount the Rescuers cameo is geography. The Devil's Bayou seems to be around Florida (I think), while Bambi is typically shown living in the Black Forest in Calisota. An English scanlation of the Bambi manga said that the story took place in a forest in Austria. That's another issue for another time, but I think it definitely helps the argument that Bambi most likely does not take place in (or even near) Florida.
Your thoughts about placing stories earlier than their release date as opposed to later make sense! I hadn't thought of things like that, since I don't personally subscribe to the idea that most stories are also in-universe stories/biographies. I'll definitely try to keep it mind for future chronological issues.
The Austria thing is easily explained by the fact that Bambi & the Dwarfs & Co. don't live in any one forest so much as they live in the Forest, a sort of platonic ideal of deep unsettled forests which can seemingly be magically accessed from most any forest in the world. I mean, it's the only explain worth a damn I can find for what the Seven Dwarfs' cottage and the Song of the South Settlement would be doing in what appears to be a forest near Duckburg.
Er... I don't really know. My guess would be yes. Unless I'm mistaken, it looks like it was Scrooge MacDuck that added it to each page when creating or editing the infoboxes. I don't know if he meant to do it or if it was just a mistake. Hopefully he'll see this thread when he's online again and can tell us his opinion.
That said, it isn't too difficult to undo an edit, so even if we're wrong, it shouldn't be too much of a hassle to get the "Cinammon Teal" bit back.
I really don't think the page about the song should equate between the song and the sequence. The sequence itself may well deserve a page of its own, as Aquarelo do Brazil (cartoon) or something like that, because it has, I believe, been released independently of Saludos Amigos. But, for example, the Continuity section about the sequence in The Three Caballeros should not link to the page about the song as though it were a story page.
I think the cartoon should get the modifier, as in most instances we'll just link to Saludos Amigos anyway. And yes, by necessity most every References and Continuity entry for Aquarelo will also be in Amigos. It happens. The same phenomenon can be observed with the various versions of Trick or Treat.
Speaking of which, however: don't forget to add to the Continuity of both that some caution must be exercised when dealing with Aquarelo's depiction of events, firstly because it is stylized and we cannot really take it for granted that José Carioca came into being seconds before meeting Donald because a giant paintbrush drew him into existence, and secondly because of the apparent conflict with Legend of the Three Caballeros.
It's not confirmed that they share an ancestor, but Mickey and Minnie being a couple means you can put both lines on the same family tree, which was my reasoning for putting one in the category of the other (though not members of Minnie's family directly into the "Mouse family" category, as we would do if these were genuinely the same Mouse family).
No problem! You've been a great contributor to this Wiki! As I said in m profile, you are "every bit, if not signifcantly more worthy of [the Best New Member award] than I." Thanks for all you do for this community!
Just for the record, there is no need for both versions of something to be disambiguated; the most primary topic gets to keep the undisambiguated name. Ergo, either Dumbo and Dumbo (character), or Dumbo (film) and Dumbo; but not Dumbo (film) and Dumbo (character). For the record, in this particular instance, we'll much more often have cause to link to the character rather than film, so precedence should be given to the character; Dumbo and Dumbo (film) seems best.
Ah, I see. I was planning to make pages for Dumbo and related characters, so I was going through and checking all previous references to Dumbo to make sure something about the film wouldn't link to the character page or vice versa.