A "midquel" that takes place in the middle of the original film's story line, exploring Bambi's coming-of-age challenges and beginning soon after Bambi's mother has died. With inferences to her passing, Bambi is left to the clumsy-though-well-meaning care of his father, the Great Prince, who faces the difficult task of raising a son while silently mourning his own loss. Yet the subject of death is soon overshadowed by the forest life. It's spring and Bambi's familiar friends, Thumper and Flower, are ready to play. The forest animals give each other lessons in bravery and soon have a chance to test their mettle in scuffles with a newcomer to the mix, a blustering bully named Ronno.