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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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Samuel Armstrong (as Sam Armstrong), Norman Ferguson | 5 more credits »

Writers:

Joe Grant (screen story), Dick Huemer (screen story) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Herman Bing ... The Ringmaster (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Dumbo (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Clown (voice) (uncredited)
Edward Brophy ... Timothy Q. Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Hall Johnson Choir Hall Johnson Choir ... Crows (voice) (uncredited)
Cliff Edwards ... Jim Crow (voice) (uncredited)
Verna Felton ... The Elephant Matriarch / Mrs. Jumbo (voice) (uncredited)
Noreen Gammill Noreen Gammill ... Catty the Elephant (voice) (uncredited)
Eddie Holden Eddie Holden ... Clown (voice) (uncredited)
Sterling Holloway ... Mr. Stork (voice) (uncredited)
Malcolm Hutton Malcolm Hutton ... Skinny (voice) (uncredited)
James MacDonald James MacDonald ... Roaring Lion (voice) (uncredited)
Harold Manley Harold Manley ... Boy (voice) (uncredited)
John McLeish John McLeish ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ... Clowns (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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florida | pink | ear | circus | elephant | See All (142) »

Taglines:

D...is for DUMBO, the Baby Elephant Whose Over-Size Ears Always Get Him Into Trouble! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dumbo the Flying Elephant See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$950,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,600,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Cels for this film are the rarest in the industry. The animators, after the scene was safely "in the can," would spread 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 cels were destroyed this way. See more »

Goofs

Shortly after the giraffes have entered the train wagon the scene changes. The giraffes' heads, which were looking out of the wagon behind the elephant wagon are gone while the elephants are entering. 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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Crazy Credits

The RKO logo is in gold on a blue background within a stylish gold border; all of this is on a red background. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2011 DVD and Blu-ray releases add the closing variant of the 2006 Walt Disney Pictures logo. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) 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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Short, sweet, and a few pink elephants
26 July 1999 | by SpleenSee all my reviews

Disney had spent vastly more money than he'd planned on "Pinnochio" and "Fantasia", and got little of it back. "Dumbo", next off the rank, was made cheaply, quickly, without fuss. The result is simple but handsome. However handsome "Dumbo" looks, the animation is not very detailed, character design is hardly adventurous, the colours are few but bright, and in an hour it's over. It needn't be more than this, though: the story is far from complicated. It is, I'll admit, a story that has made me cry more than once; and in this instance I don't feel that I've been cheated into crying, because there really is something poignant and heartbreaking about this ugly duckling variant.

Like Hans Andersen, Disney has to pad the outfit a bit to make it fill the space available; yet, with the exception of the introductory bit with the storks, it doesn't feel like padding. In fact the most gratuitous piece of padding is the most necessary. I refer to the pink elephants sequence: a masterpiece of extended unreality (caused by such a tiny quantity of champagne!) which dazzles and sizzles and all but soars out of the screen. It's the sting in Dumbo's tail, and nothing produced since can match its verve.


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