All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
The One...The Only...The FABULOUS...
Dumbo is a baby elephant born with oversized ears and a supreme lack of confidence. But thanks to his even more diminutive buddy -- Timothy the Mouse -- the pint-sized pachyderm learns to surmount all obstacles.
It is easy to see why Dumbo is a favourite amongst Pixar’s brain trust as it features all the hallmarks that would characterise the studio’s own films - great characters and a story full of warmth and a lot of heart. Much like the movie’s titular character, Dumbo, was the little film that achieved big things and was ultimately responsible for saving Disney studios. Although rightly considered classics today, both Pinocchio and Fantasia, were expensive flops for Disney upon release. Dumbo was produced, perhaps cynically, as a cheaper B-picture (in many ways it was almost an extended Silly Symphonies film) in order to make some money for the cash strapped company. And it did, in fact it was the first…
Review In A Nutshell:
After Disney’s experiment, Fantasia, they find themselves back in their regular storytelling, following suit of Pinocchio; a tale of a special elephant and his emotional and social struggles in the circus. This was a film that left me distant in my first viewing as then there was nothing about it that felt outstanding, especially when compared to the company’s renaissance, a moment in animated cinema that left a large mark on me. Ever since I started to deeply explore the expansive land of cinema, with each passing film I learn something, which ultimately would benefit during upcoming films and potential revisits. My perspective is always changing, especially through retrospect, therefore it is hard for me to…
A young boy, freakish in appearance, is ostracized by his community and separated from his imprisoned mother. Finding solace in substance abuse, he descends into a fantasy world. Convinced he can fly, he takes a leap. Quickly images flash through his mind: success, fame, acclaim, riches. Reunited with his mother he finds true happiness. He doesn't wake from this delusion when he hits the ground.
I didn't watch many films as a kid, but Dumbo was my favourite. It was also the third DVD I ever bought (if memory serves), after Once Upon a Time in China II and Three Colours Blue. But I hadn't seen it for perhaps seven or eight years before this evening. And I'd forgotten how desperately sad it is, drawing a lump to the throat around the 20-minute mark and holding it there until its climax. Only Capra has ever made you work as hard, or go through so much, for your happy ending, as Dumbo - a pure innocent, like Bresson's Bathazar - is tormented, patronised and brutalised, on his way to a climactic act of almighty…
Seems like they should've either gone and made this be the first two acts and wrote another ending or just made a short film. As it is, it seems kind of rough.
Don't get me wrong it's sweet, Dumbo is cute, there's some happy circus tent building slave-types, some jive talking crowes and a scene where Dumbo and the mouse are tripping some cyrious wrecking balls.
What's not to love? You say "the offensive racial stereotypes". Sure. Other than that, a nice short feature about a flying fucking elephant.
By the way, that's a spoiler, the poster is a fucking spoiler. It's a twist, that he's not just a giant-eared F-R-E-A-K.
" We work all day/We work all night/We never learned/To read or write/We're happy-hearted roustabouts!"
It doesn't get much better than this.
What an unadulterated showcase of creativity this is. I wouldn't argue if one made the statement that the proceedings on display here are simply creative as fuck. What makes the film so damn special is how it uses that creativity to fuel the story. Creativity is one thing, but creative with direction (creative storytelling) is something entirely on its own.
Of course at the core of the film is the relationship between a son and his mom. The story is able to co-mingle the unabashed youth with the unconditional love of a mom. To say it has an effect on you as a viewer would be an understatement. This is in fact the…
There is heart and a scene with some crazy visuals, but the heart and magic the movie tries so much to provide is not as strong as in other Disney movies.
David Lynch has got NOTHING on this. Also, the animation of Dumbo and Jumbo is heartbreakingly adorable, all the more so because of their harrowed quietness.
It's been forever since I last saw Dumbo. I don't remember it taking that long to get to him flying and I swear I remember there being a scene where he put out an actual house fire, but it wasn't in the movie... Still, it's a nicely animated, very colorful film.
I'm only adding it to say I've seen it, but that was probably ten years ago. I'll update when I rewatch, which'll likely be in time for the Burton remake.
That dream sequence! Incredible!!
Esta es una historia que sería imposible rehacer fielmente en esta era de hipocresía latente y supuestos códigos de seguridad que no hacen más que reforzar este lamentable status quo en el cine, pero sin embargo, tendrá un remake. Y es increíble ver tanta crueldad, que hasta incomoda. Pocas veces un personaje sufrió tanto en tan poco tiempo, y definitivamente, nunca dolió tanto cuando alguien llamó asesino a alguien en una película infantil.
Drink wine and cry without really trying, also known as watching Dumbo.
2.5 out of 5 (C+)
"It's a metaphor, see..."
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!