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Dumbo (1941)

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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 | mouse | ear | stork | See more »

Taglines:

U...Is For The UNIQUE Circus-Train Engine, CASEY JUNIOR ---That Talks Like A Human, Balks Like A Mule! 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

Dumbo (1941) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) are the only classic Walt Disney films to use watercolored backgrounds (they were used in this film because they were cheaper than the gouache and oils used for Pinocchio (1940) and Bambi (1942)) and the last time they were used until Fantasia/2000 (1999). See more »

Goofs

Throughout the scenes with Casey Jr., we see a flag on the caboose. Just as he is starting, we see a red flag, and when the "Casey Jr." theme commences, the flag is white. The flag is gone all together when Casey enters the tunnel. When the stork lands on the caboose's roof, the white flag reappears. When he is snagged off the train, the red flag reappears. 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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Soundtracks

Casey Junior
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Frank Churchill
Lyrics by Ned Washington
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7.4????? Are you people insane???
22 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is clearly one of the great animated features of all time. How it squeaks by with a mere 7.4 voter average while all sorts of contemporary crap does far better is a mystery and a tribute to the downward spiral in cinematic taste. DUMBO is my favorite of all the classic Disney films (a group which ends with JUNGLE BOOK, completed after Walt's death). Nothing since then has been able to recapture the magic. Walt may have been, according to some people, a fascist and an anti-Semite, but he was also a genius.

Things that make this movie great:

The animation (I used to work at a zoo, and while the real elephants did little talking or singing the animators captured their body language incredibly well.)

"Pink Elephants on Parade".

Effective but not over-the-top heartstring tugging.

The musical crow number ("When I See an Elephant Fly"). I'm disappointed to discover the voice actors (Including Cliff Edwards, "Ukelele Ike" and the voice of Jiminy Cricket) were white guys playing black --- I was hoping they were some cool unknown black combo --- but it's a terrific number anyway.

The 64 minute running time. It starts, tells it's simple story, then knows when the hell to get off the stage. I wish more film makers had that ability.


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