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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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Cast

Uncredited cast:
... Fat Crow (voice) (uncredited)
... The Ringmaster (voice) (uncredited)
... Dumbo (voice) (uncredited)
... Clown (voice) (uncredited)
... Timothy Q. Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Candy Candido ... Roaring Lion (voice) (uncredited)
Jim Carmichael ... Straw-Hat Crow (voice) (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)
Hall Johnson ... Preacher Crow (voice) (uncredited)
Harold Manley ... Boy (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 | ear | pink | ears | dumbo | See All (131) »

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


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G | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dumbo the Flying Elephant  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$950,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,600,000, 23 October 1941
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The vocals for the song "Baby Mine" were performed by Betty Noyes, the singer who dubbed two of Debbie Reynolds' songs in Singin' in the Rain (1952). See more »

Goofs

The workers' outfits at the elephant wagon change during the scenes. When the first two are running into the picture, the right worker wears a white shirt with a blue jacket and after they start taking care of Matriarch, the white shirts are missing. The hats look different, too. See more »

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[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 »


Soundtracks

Casey Junior
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Frank Churchill
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by The Sportsmen Quartet
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Short and sweet.
8 July 2004 | by 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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