With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.
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
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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 »
The two giraffes shown in the beginning of the film have red tongues. However, giraffes have dark blue or black tongues. See more »
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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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 »
The last theatrical release of the film that featured RKO title cards was in 1949. When it was re-released in 1959, it was replaced by Buena Vista title cards and was the same way until 2001, when the film was released on DVD for the first time for its 60th anniversary and all references to RKO were restored. (The 1995 laserdisc release actually did retain the RKO titles before then.) See more »
Sweet, simple and short, 'Dumbo' is the tale of a baby elephant who is ridiculed and shunned because of his oversized ears, who with help from his friend Timothy Q. Mouse and some cunning crows, learns that he can fly. One of Disney's early animated features, the movie is less sumptuous and detailed than 'Snow White' (1937) or 'Fantasia' (1940), but is still a fine example of classic animation. Unique in a titular Disney 'hero', Dumbo never speaks, but the voice cast for the rest of the characters is excellent. The music is great, especially the clever "When I See an Elephant Fly", and the surreal "Pink Elephants on Parade" sequence is outstanding. A timeless classic.
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