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 by), Dick Huemer (screen story by) | 6 more credits »
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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 ... Dandy Crow (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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Trivia

The film contrasts wildly with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937), Pinocchio (1940) and Fantasia (1940). Due to Walt Disney's instructions, supervising director Ben Sharpsteen worked to simplify production and keep it inexpensive. The film lacks the lavish detail of its predecessors, the character designs are simpler, the background paintings are less detailed and the character animators reused cels. See more »

Goofs

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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

To secure a "FSK 0" rating, four seconds were cut from the German video version: when the elephant tower collapses, you don't see how a crying elephant splashes on the ground with a pain distorted face. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Casey Junior
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Frank Churchill
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by The Sportsmen Quartet
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A wonderful film from Disney's classic era
23 November 2001 | by zetesSee all my reviews

As a kid, I would watch over and over several Disney features: Pinnochio, Peter Pan, Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, Lady and the Tramp, and Dumbo. When I come back to those films now, I recognize that they are all marvelous films and gave Walt Disney much deserved success. It's truly sad how far Disney has fallen. All kids' flicks now are awful. I revisited Dumbo, by the way, on the same night that I first watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, destined to be one of the most successful films of all time. It is execrable, and it is simply pathetic how bad films like it are nowadays. I say, bring your kids back to Dumbo, Pinnochio, Bambi, and the like. They may not be as harmless as the kind of movie Disney and others shove out today. You shouldn't be afraid of your children showing emotion. I can remember more than anything being profoundly affected by the "Baby Mine" number from Dumbo, where he visits his imprisoned mother. Films like these will mould your children's emotional stability instead of keeping them at a safe distance and selling them toys.


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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)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,731
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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