November 8, 1954 cover of LIFE magazine
November 8, 1954 cover of LIFE magazineGjon Mili—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
November 8, 1954 cover of LIFE magazine
Tourists feeding deer in redwood forest, 1945.
Mother and baby deer standing beside tree, 1946.
Actor Claude Jarman Jr. holding a baby deer for a scene in the movie "The Yearling," 1947.
Tuleelk, Key Deer, circa 1940's.
Jone Pedersen
The 15-month old pet deer laying down wi
Two men feeding deer on the 1000 acre park at Knole, the ancestral estate of Lord & Lady Sackville, 1949.
A deer standing in a wooded stream, with its reflection in the water, 1952.
Pier Angeli with a deer, 1954.
Pier Angeli with a deer, 1954.
A deer cooling his heels along the Oregon seashore, 1960.
Rainbow trout resting in tributary of Madison River with a fawn drinking at water's edge taken by camera placed inside partially submerged glass enclosure, 1961.
Father and son feeding a wild deer in Yosemite National Park, 1962.
A young boy plays with a fawn and deer at a petting zoo, 1962.
John Walsh holds onto a deer which he rescued out of the flood waters in Surinam, 1964.
Deer with large antlers, 1966.
Park ranger holding deer rescued from flooded section of the Everglades, 1966.
Deer on Gardiners Island, 1966.
Lone white-tailed deer drinking water from the banks of Cheat River, 1967.
November 8, 1954 cover of LIFE magazine
Gjon Mili—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
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Celebrate the Anniversary of Bambi With These Peaceful Deer

Aug 13, 2015

If there were a competition for saddest Disney movie, Bambi would be tough to beat. The 1942 animated film about a fawn whose mother is shot down by a deer hunter is, for unassuming tots, a brutal introduction to the hard knocks of life, its edges softened only by the cuteness of its woodland creatures and plucky orchestral soundtrack.

Bambi, like many of Disney’s disadvantaged heroes and heroines, ultimately perseveres to make a family of his own. In the spirit of persevering deer everywhere, here is a collection of LIFE Magazine’s most peaceful fawns, does, stags and bucks.

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.

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