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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 by), Dick Huemer (screen story by) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Herman Bing ... The Ringmaster (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Clown (voice) (uncredited)
Edward Brophy ... Timothy Q. Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Hall Johnson Choir Hall Johnson Choir ... Crows (voice) (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)
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)
Tony Neil Tony Neil ... 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 | pink | ear | circus | elephant | See All (149) »

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


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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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)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,731
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

There's a reference to "The Little Engine That Could." While Casey Jr. is trying to get up a hill, the train sounds like it's talking. It says "I think I can, I think I can." Then when the train gets to the top of the hill and starts going down, it changes to, "I thought I could, I thought I could." See more »

Goofs

Casey Jr.'s train changes several times. When he starts off, he is missing the yellow car before the green passenger car. When he enters the tunnel, he is missing the blue car that came after the elephant car, but when he exits the tunnel, the blue car reappears. The scene where he contains every car is on the evening bridge scene. 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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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

The 2011 DVD and Blu-ray releases add the closing variant of the 2006 Walt Disney Pictures logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Two of a Kind (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

When I See an Elephant Fly (Reprise)
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Oliver Wallace
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by a chorus
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Short and sweet.
8 July 2004 | by Ben_CheshireSee 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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