Former child star Donnie Dunagan was in the studio recording his voice for the scene in which Bambi's mother is shot by hunters and his mother had to excuse herself to run an errand - and animators pounced on the opportunity to really worry the six year old.
Dunagan recalls, "They said, 'Your mother is in trouble, call for your mother,' and I said, 'Wait a minute, I just saw my mom and she looks fine.'
"A very astute man behind me said, 'Your mother is in trouble here in the studio; we're gonna put you on the speaker, call for your mother...' I believed she was in trouble.
"He probably shouldn't have done that but it works fine and he hugged me later."
Appearing on TV show The View on Friday (04Mar11), Dunagan revealed he quit acting at the age of 12 and became a legal orphan after falling out with his family.
He later served in the Marines and became a commanding officer.
Peter Behn and Donnie Dunagan, who were kids when they recorded the iconic characters' voices, had never met until they were booked to appear on magazine show The View to promote the Bambi re-release.
Behn, who played Thumper, says, "I just don't think we were in the same place at the same time."
Dunagan, who was six when he gave voice to Disney's beloved deer, reveals animators even used his facial features to create Bambi.
He explains, "Mr. Disney was looking for a facial model to put a voice face on the deer and he had seen a couple of films that I was in and he called my mom... I couldn't wait to go.
"I sat on a stool in a semi-circle of men I called the drawing men... They had more pencils than anybody on the planet, and they'd say, 'Look left, look right...'"
Dunagan recalled not being to pull a face for one scene in which Bambi was kissed by another deer, called Faline, so one animator asked him to think of taking medicine.
He adds, "I thought of castor oil. Two weeks before, my mother had given me a dose of castor oil. There it is."