All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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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…
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…
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…
Awesome in the most literal sense of the word. Pretty jarring, at first, from a rhythmic/tonal standpoint - I haven't watched any "classical" Disneys in probably twenty years. This is structured as a series of set pieces with not a lot of the interstitial stuffing (and joshing) that makes modern Disney stuff feel more like live-action movies (or at least the kind of live-action movies that feel more like ABC Thursday night dramedies[2.5]), which proved kind of distracting for me (personally) for the first thirty minutes or so. Then I just sort of unclenched my mind, utilizing equally deep reservoirs of intense focus and weed, and let the magic seep in. And it's pretty strong magic indeed - there are…
It's been entirely too long since I had seen Dumbo last. So long (guessing perhaps toddler years) that I honestly had no recollection of the film whatsoever. I always assumed as I'm not the biggest Disney fan that it was just your average warm, fuzzy yet tragic tale in the same vein as Bambi but without the emotional impact. I was wrong in my foggy memory, very wrong.
Dumbo is certainly one of the better Disney classics deserving of its fame. My only complaints which is as per usual with some of Disney produced work is it can be too childish in its material gearing completely towards a younger audience. However that was not always the case with Dumbo or…
Dumbo is 64 minutes long. Dumbo was made fast and cheap. Dumbo is my favorite Disney movie.
There's a frantic energy here that tries desperately to smooth a collection of pretty weird stuff into a coherent movie. What we end up with feels spontaneous, improvised even. The lack of polish and oversight allows each segment to have a unique vibe that must have come from the team tasked with cranking it out as quickly as possible.
Tom Hanks should have skipped Mary Poppins and made a movie about the production of Dumbo. It would have included:
- Disney optioning a 6 panel storybook that had been produced to sell an elephant toy and deciding to make a movie out of…
Unfortunately, Dumbo will probably always be one of Disney's most overlooked films (outside of the popular theme park attraction): there are no princesses to be seen, and the merchandising potential is mostly limited to plush elephants. But Dumbo is the art of animation at its finest: a story for all ages told with visual flair and imagination. In a way, it has more in common with a Pixar film than the rest of Disney's more fantastical output. Watch it and enjoy it with your kids, but be aware that its depiction of race is decidedly outdated.
In only a little over an hour, Disney manages to put forth a children's movie that is heartbreaking, baffling, and dramatic with extremely high stakes.
I thought Dumbo was sweet!
The animation here doesn't measure up to the best stuff today, but these early Disney movies were important in the evolution of animated films. Kids aged from about eight upwards may get bored, being bought up on all the Pixar and other marvels, but younger kids may enjoy the simple heartwarming story and the short running time (barely an hour) is an added bonus for those with attention difficulties. There are good bits for adults as well, particularly at the start with the stork making "deliveries" to various animals and later on when Dumbo and his mouse friend get accidentally drunk. Dumbo is a baby elephant with freakish size ears that make him the laughing stock of the circus. When…
Charlie Chaplin once said "Words are cheap. The biggest thing you can say is 'elephant'." I don't know I saw 'elephant' and I thought it would fit to Dumbo, but it doesn't have anything to do with it besides that Dumbo's ears are big. This movie makes you want to get a pet baby elephant.
For some reason I’m not aware of, I had never seen this huge Disney classic before. Now that I’ve finally seen Dumbo I can see what everyone’s been talking about. This film is perhaps even more childish and innocent than other Disney efforts but that doesn’t mean the magic isn’t there. In fact, this story of a little elephant with big ears was a complete joy. Needless to say that this movie was a great example of traditional animation at its best and the musical score must definitely be amongst the greatest in the history of all Disney movies.
Extremely memorable was the entire hallucinogenic sequence of dancing pink elephants (among tons of other weird stuff) that takes place from the moment Dumbo and his little friend get drunk by accident. It was a fine piece of surrealism and absurdity that very probably meant an influence in similar animation works that came after it.
It makes me cry, it makes me want to be a kid again.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Don't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!