There is an additional scene, which was deleted from the final version of the film, in which the Great Prince formally bids Bambi farewell, informing him that he, Bambi, must now succeed his father as the Great Prince of the forest. As nearly as I can remember (having seen this omitted sequence once on the old Mickey Mouse Club series), the old Prince says, "I am glad I have lived long enough to see this day. Now I can go to my rest." As Bambi looks at his father curiously, his father tells him, "My time is over, Bambi. Now you must take my place as head of the forest." He begins to turn away, and Bamibi starts to follow, but the old Prince, gently but firmly, instructs him, "No! Don't follow me any more. In the hour that I am approaching, we are all alone. Good-bye, my son." Finally understanding that the old Prince is going off into the forest to die, Bambi simply replies, "Good-bye, my father." It is at this point that the old Prince turns and walks away for the last time, as depicted in the final version of this scene. I have always felt that omitting this additional scene was at least a minor mistake on Mr. Disney's part, and that including it would have provided a more peaceful sense of closure for the audience.