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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:
James Baskett ... Fat Crow (voice) (uncredited)
Herman Bing ... The Ringmaster (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Dumbo (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Clown (voice) (uncredited)
Edward Brophy ... Timothy Q. Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Jim Carmichael Jim Carmichael ... Straw-Hat Crow (voice) (uncredited)
Pinto Colvig ... Clowns (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)
Hall Johnson Hall Johnson ... Preacher Crow (voice) (uncredited)
James MacDonald James MacDonald ... Roaring Lion (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 (130) »

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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, 23 October 1941
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

The construction of the elephant car changes from time to time: 1. Shortly after the train loading scene starts it has a small entrance. 2. When the elephants are entering it looks totally different. 3. Shortly before the "roustabouts" song starts, the elephants are leaving the train car again, which looks different than before, especially the footbridge which is much longer and thinner - there are more examples (often parts of it are missing). 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

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 »


Soundtracks

Baby Mine
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Frank Churchill
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Betty Noyes
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brilliant Disney classic
9 July 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Disney's flying elephant with the big ears. Timothy Mouse and the peanuts. The pyramid of jumbos in the circus ring. The roustabouts building the big top. Elephants on parade. The heartbreak of Mrs Jumbo. Mr Stork and his stubborn packages up in the clouds. The crows.

The animation is perfect and so are the songs on the soundtrack. Dumbo is an hour of perfection and one of Disney's best.


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