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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:
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Crow (voice) (uncredited)
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The Ringmaster (voice) (uncredited)
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Clown (voice) (uncredited)
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Timothy Q. Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Candy Candido ...
Roaring Lion (voice) (uncredited)
Jim Carmichael ...
Crow (voice) (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)
Hall Johnson ...
Preacher Crow (voice) (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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Release Date:

31 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dumbo the Flying Elephant  »

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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

In an article on Dumbo (1941), writer Martin Markstein (1947-2012) pointed out that the premise of the film strongly resembles another children's story of the same era: "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer". In both cases the stories are about an innocent child cruelly ridiculed for a physical deformity (huge ears, red nose) who achieved extraordinary success not in spite of but because of that attribute. See more »

Goofs

During the train loading the two workers who are running into the picture while Matriarch is stuck have four fingers before they pick up the footbridge. When they start bouncing her, the lost fingers are back. 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 »

Connections

Featured in The Disney Family Album: Frank Thomas (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung by Sterling Holloway
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Timeless classic
27 May 2011 | by 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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