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Dumbo

 
Disney 1941 movie the fourth film in the Animated Classics series based on the book with the same name by Helen Aberson

Watch Dumbo 1 - Calling Mrs. Jumbo Watch Dumbo 1 - Calling Mrs. Jumbo
 
Watch Dumbo 2 - Look at his ears Look at his ears
 
Watch Dumbo 3 - You're a climax You're a climax
 
Watch Dumbo 4 - You're a big hit You're a big hit
 
Watch Dumbo 5 - You see what I see You see what I see
 
Watch Dumbo 6 - Make the elephant fly Make the elephant fly
 
 

Story


The main character is Jumbo Jr. who is cruelly nicknamed Dumbo. He is ridiculed for his big ears, but in fact he is capable of flying by using his ears as wings. His only true friend is the mouse Timothy. While circus animals are being transported, Mrs. Jumbo, one of the elephants, receives her baby from a stork. The baby elephant is quickly taunted by the other elephants because of his large ears, and they nickname him "Dumbo". Once the circus is set up, Mrs. Jumbo loses her temper at a group of children for making fun of her son, and she is locked up. Dumbo is shunned by the other elephants and with no mother to care for him, he is now alone, except Timothy. The circus director makes Dumbo the top of an elephant pyramid stunt, but Dumbo causes the stunt to go wrong, injuring the other elephants and bringing down the big top. Dumbo is made a clown as a result, and becomes the main role in an act that involves him falling into a vat of pie filling. But Dumbo hates this job. To cheer Dumbo up, Timothy takes him to visit his mother. On the way back Dumbo cries and then starts to hiccup so Timothy decides to take him for a drink of water from a bucket which, unknown to him, has accidentally had a bottle of champagne knocked into it. As a result, Dumbo and Timothy both become drunk and see hallucinations of pink elephants. The next morning, Dumbo and Timothy wake up in a tree. Timothy wonders how they got up in the tree, and concludes that Dumbo flew up there using his large ears as wings. With the help of a group of crows, Timothy is able to get Dumbo to fly again, using a psychological trick of a "magic feather" to boost his confidence. Back at the circus, Dumbo must perform his stunt of jumping from a high building, this time from a much higher platform. On the way down, Dumbo loses the feather and Timothy tells him that the feather was never magical, and that he is still able to fly. Dumbo is able to pull out of the dive and flies around the circus. After this performance, Dumbo becomes a sensation, Timothy becomes his manager, and Dumbo and Mrs. Jumbo are given a private car on the circus train.



Quotes


MR.STORK: Must be right around here somewhere. I hope. Ah, watch it there. On the treetop. Where are we here? Highway 61, four miles to the gas station. That must be it. Well, little fella, let's get goin'.

MR.STORK: What's his name? MRS.JUMBO: Jumbo. Junior. CATTY: Oh, do hurry, dear. GIDDY: I'm on pins and needles. PRISSY: Isn't it thrilling? GIDDY: I'm all a-flutter. ELEPHANT MATRIARCH: Ah, this is a proud, proud day. CATTY: Well, hurry and open it, dearie. PRISSY: I'm just dying to see. GIDDY: Oh! Look at him... ELEPHANT MATRIARCH: Adorable. Simply adorable.
 
ELEPHANT MATRIARCH: Is it possible? PRISSY: Isn't there some mistake? CATTY: Just look at those, those. E-A-R-S. GIDDY: Those what? Oh, ears! These! Aren't they funny? Oh! ELEPHANT MATRIARCH: Oh, my goodness. CATTY: What a temper. GIDDY: Oh, what did I do? Well, tell me. Did I say anything? ELEPHANT MATRIARCH: Perfectly harmless remark. GIDDY: I just said that they're funny, and they are funny. CATTY: They certainly are. PRISSY: After all, who cares... about her precious little Jumbo? CATTY: Jumbo? You mean Dumbo. GIDDY: Dumbo. CATTY: Dumbo, I say. PRISSY: That's good. Dumbo!

THE RINGMASTER: Hurry to the big sideshow. That's why you go under the big top. Fifteen big attractions that you can't see anywhere else in the world! The greatest collection in the entire world. And the greatest comedies are featured and assembled for your entertainment. SKINNY: Ain't that the funniest thing you ever saw? Look at his ears. BOY #1: Hey, guys, look it! Smitty's an elephant! BOY #2: Aw, let me see! Boo! BOY #3: You can't hide him from us. BOY #1: Yeah, his ears are still stickin' out. BOY #4: Come on! SKINNY: We wanna see him! BOY1: We wanna laugh.

TIMOTHY: What's the matter with his ears? I don't see nothin' wrong with 'em. I think they're cute. ELEPHANT MATRIARCH: Ladies, ladies! It's no laughing matter at all. PRISSY: Oh. Oh, she's right, girls. ELEPHANT MATRIARCH: Don't forget that we elephants have always walked with dignity. His disgrace is our own shame.

TIMOTHY: How do ya like that? Givin' him the cold shoulder. Poor little guy. There he goes, without a friend in the world. Nobody to turn to. Oh, I'll do somethin' about this. ELEPHANT MATRIARCH: A mouse! TIMOTHY: So ya like to pick on little guys, huh? Well, why don't you pick on me? A proud race. Overstuffed hay bags! Boo! Still afraid of a mouse.

TIMOTHY: Look, Dumbo. I'm your friend. Come on out, won't ya? You're not really afraid of little me, are ya?
 

Songs


Look Out For Mr.Stork

Song of the Roustabouts

Casey Junior

Baby Mine

Pink Elephants On Parade

Happy Birthday

When I See an Elephant Fly


Reviews


Dumbo is the only Disney animated feature film that has a title character who doesn't speak.
Dumbo was Walt Disney's favorite film made by his studios.

During production there was a long and bitter animators strike, in which half of the studio's staff walked out. Some of the strikers are caricatured as the clowns who go to "hit the big boss for a raise".

Mrs Jumbo (Dumbo's mother) only speaks once when she says Dumbo's original name.

The name of the circus is WDP Circus (Walt Disney Productions).

Cels for Dumbo (1941) are the rarest in the industry. The animators, after the scene was safely "in the can", would strew the used cels in the corridors and go sliding on them.

Dumbo is the first Walt Disney Animated Classic released on videocassette.


There's a reference to "The Little Engine That Could". While Casey Jr. is trying to get up a hill, the train sounds like it's talking. It says "I think I can, I think I can." Then when the train gets up the hill and starts going faster, it changes to, "I thought I could, I thought I could."


The pink elephants sequence is as close to trippy Disney ever got and its brilliant. One of the best, most inventive sequences in animation history. Great song, too.


Timothy Q Mouse is a great character, the animation is so concise and perfect, great songs, the message that if you believe you can overcome your handicaps you will so inspiring and beautiful, and the movie so short and sweet it will forever retain its appeal.


A beautiful piece of work, it is short and sweet but it also contains some of Disney's best visual poetry. Dumbo's not saying a single word means his entire character is created through the physical. The entire opening sequence, till the gossipy elephants start talking, plays out without words, and its like the best silent movies. Simply beautiful.


Dumbo appears in the famous Playstation 2 game Kingdom Hearts in the form of a summon that the player can call upon in battle for aid. Sora, the protagonist, flies on him and Dumbo splashes enemies with water from his trunk.

Pictures of characters


Dumbo, Jumbo Jr., an elephant with huge ears
Dumbo, Jumbo Jr., an elephant with huge ears
  Timothy Q. Mouse, the only friend of Dumbo
Timothy Q. Mouse, the only friend of Dumbo
  Mr. Stork
Mr. Stork
  Mrs. Jumbo
Mrs. Jumbo
 
Elephant Matriarch, the female leader of the circus elephants
Elephant Matriarch, the female leader of the circus elephants
  Catty
Catty
  Giddy
Giddy
  Prissy
Prissy
 
Casey Junior, the sentient tender engine hauling the circus train
Casey Junior, the sentient tender engine hauling the circus train
  The Ringmaster
The Ringmaster
  Skinny
Skinny
  Jim Crow
Jim Crow