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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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Cast

Uncredited cast:
James Baskett ...
Crow (voice) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Herman Bing ...
The Ringmaster (voice) (uncredited)
...
Clown (voice) (uncredited)
Edward Brophy ...
Timothy Q. Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Jim Carmichael ...
Crow (voice) (uncredited)
Hall Johnson Choir ...
Choral Sounds (uncredited)
...
Jim Crow (voice) (uncredited)
...
The Elephant Matriarch / Mrs. Jumbo (voice) (uncredited)
Noreen Gammill ...
Catty the Elephant (voice) (uncredited)
Eddie Holden ...
Clown (voice) (uncredited)
...
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 | mouse | ear | 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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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Initially Walt Disney was uninterested in making this movie. To get him interested, story men Joe Grant and Dick Huemer wrote up the film as installments which they left on Walt's desk every morning. Finally, he ran into the story department saying, "This is great! What happens next?" See more »

Goofs

Just as Casey Jr. starts off, there are two windows on the caboose. One of the windows is missing as the "Casey Jr." theme commences. The window reappears before Casey Jr. enters the tunnel. 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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Referenced in Aladdin: The Seven Faces of Genie (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

When I See an Elephant Fly
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Oliver Wallace
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Cliff Edwards, Jim Carmichael and the Hall Johnson Choir
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Timeless classic
27 May 2011 | by (Kfar Saba, Israel) – See all my reviews

This is easily one of the most touching and entertaining films I've ever watched. From the heartwarming deliverance scene at the beginning, when the stork brings the newborn babies to all the animals in the circus, through the hilarious and trippy Pink Elephants on Parade sequence (which still holds well to this very day), to the heartbreaking scene when Dumbo's mother is in chains and she rocks him with her trunk from beyond the bars.

True, I've seen it first at the tender age of 4 or 5, so maybe the nostalgia factor has it's weight on my affection for this film - but I still think it's one of the most sweet and sentimental films ever made (even at the "old" age of 30).


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