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Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.

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Uncredited cast:
James Baskett ...
Crow (voice) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Herman Bing ...
The Ringmaster (voice) (uncredited)
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Clown (voice) (uncredited)
Edward Brophy ...
Timothy Q. Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Jim Carmichael ...
Crow (voice) (uncredited)
Hall Johnson Choir ...
Choral Sounds (uncredited)
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Jim Crow (voice) (uncredited)
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The Elephant Matriarch / Mrs. Jumbo (voice) (uncredited)
Noreen Gammill ...
Catty the Elephant (voice) (uncredited)
Eddie Holden ...
Clown (voice) (uncredited)
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Mr. Stork (voice) (uncredited)
Malcolm Hutton ...
Skinny (voice) (uncredited)
The King's Men ...
Choral Effects (uncredited)
Harold Manley ...
Boy (voice) (uncredited)
John McLeish ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

The stork delivers a baby elephant to Mrs. Jumbo, veteran of the circus, but the newborn is ridiculed because of his truly enormous ears and dubbed "Dumbo". After being separated from his mother, Dumbo is relegated to the circus' clown acts; it is up to his only friend, a mouse, to assist Dumbo to achieve his full potential. Written by Tim Pickett <quetzal@yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au>

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elephant | circus | ear | mouse | baby elephant | See more »

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The One...The Only...The FABULOUS... See more »


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Release Date:

17 November 1941 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Dumbo the Flying Elephant  »

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Budget:

$950,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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. In addition the gray paint (used for so many of the elephant skins) would "pop" when the cel was flexed. Many irreplaceable cels were destroyed this way. See more »

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When Dumbo and Timothy awaken to find themselves in a tree, Timothy, upon looking down, notices that the trunk of the tree is relatively free of branches, with no pond below, but there is a fence nearby. But after he and Dumbo fall, they break through two branches and somehow land in a pond near the fence. And when Timothy looks back toward the tree, the broken branches are all on the other side of the tree. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Through the snow, and sleet, and hail / Through the blizzard, through the gale / Through the wind and through the rain / Over mountain, over plain / Through the blinding lightning flash / And the mighty thunder crash / Ever faithful, ever true / Nothing stops him, he'll get through.
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"We're Gonna Hit the Big Boss for a Raise (uncredited)
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Sung by the clowns
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Short and sweet.
8 July 2004 | by (Oz) – See all my reviews

All the other elephants shun Dumbo for his gigantic ears, and his mother has been locked up for protecting him, so he's all alone in the world... until Timothy Q Mouse shows up.

A beautiful piece of work. At just 60 mins, 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.

Mrs Jumbo rearing up and destroying the big top to protect Dumbo from taunting kids is an incredible scene. Dumbo's mother spends the movie imprisoned in a carriage labelled "mad elephant" - and surely one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking scenes i've ever seen plays out when Dumbo and his mother have contact only by touching trunks, through the bars in the window of her cell. A beautiful sequence begins: the beautiful song "Baby Mine" plays as she cradles him in her trunk, and when Dumbo leaves she can't see him, and she stretches her trunk as far as she can out the window to try and reach him, and... oh, its too much!

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.

Some terrific songs: Look Out for Mr Stork, Casey Junior (the train song), Pink Elephants, When I see an elephant fly and Baby Mine.

10/10. 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.


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