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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…
This was my first watch since my childhood years and I didn't recall it being so short and silent. There are very few dialogues and much is said through the animation alone. I was surprised that I actually remembered most of the scenes in this film. The animation is simple compared to today's standards and the message is sweet. Like most of Disney's early films, it is very emotional and full of tender moments, but it also includes some strange and disturbing scenes, like when Dumbo was having psychedelic illusions. I don't consider this among Disney's best early works, but it still ha an emotional impact on me during my childhood years. It was worth my time.
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.
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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…
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…
Disney's Dumbo is a wonderful and yet beautifully executed movie thats filled with emotional scenes that still gets to me today. This is Disney at it's best.
A middle finger to Freud and his pollution of the innocent bond between a mother and her son.
This movie is heartwrenching. Thank goodness for very mice friends.
There was a short time decades ago where Dumbo was the "accepted" peak of Disney animation, the one that got on all the best-of lists as a representative for all of Disney (and by extension all of animation), in the way Wall-E is basically that for Pixar today. Part of the reason for its downfall are the crows, which are obviously racist caricatures that have not aged well, but I think Dumbo suffers more from the fact that it's much more recognizable today as an animated film and, rather than be elevated by its obvious influence on modern animation, it suffers from the comparison because so many of its descendants are far better films.
Watching it now, it doesn't even…
Short and sweet, Dumbo is a fun little movie that has enchanted children for generations. But for adults, it offers more than it's cutesy visuals suggest, with some bizarre imagery. Worth checking out.
The storytelling could be stronger, with a good chunk of the short runtime spent on a tangential dream sequence, and little time dedicated to the uplifting climax. After so much development of the depressing aspects of the story, the happy ending didn't feel fleshed out enough to fully satisfy. Nevertheless, despite some narrative flaws, the movie is great, showcasing some creative animation and loveable characters. I liked this much more this time around.
Not among my favorites of the Disney classics. The characters are not fleshed out enough. I like the cute train and the “drunk scene” with the alcohol in the bucket, although it goes on too long and has little relevance to the main story.
The opening sequence with baby animals getting delivered by birds from heaven was quite odd.
The song that really stands out is When I See An Elephant Fly sung by the crows.
this is the cutest fucking animation movie ever made and it's barely one hour long...did i mention it's from the 40s? it's from the fucking 40s
Ainda me pergunto quantos cartõezinhos o Dumbo tomou pra ver aquelas alucinações maravilhosas.
Way better than I remember, if a wee bit short (it's only 61 minutes).
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