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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 has probably been 25 years since my last viewing, but certain scenes made it seem like it was just yesterday. The laughing ladies, the first flight, and the drunken clowns all seem to be burned in my memory. Definitely says a lot about the effectiveness of this film.
The run time is perfect – it makes it feel like less of a feature and more like a collection of related shorts. If it was any longer I fear the film would be unsatisfying, lacking depth in character and stronger themes.
The score and songs are accompanied with some pretty interesting animation choices (the use of silhouettes, the grayness of the circus scenes). An enjoyable trip down memory lane.
Disney at its most sentimental in this timeless variation on the Ugly Duckling theme. The psychedelic «Pink Elephants» scene itself makes most modern and much celebrated animated flicks (I’m looking at you, “Frozen”) look like the most uninspired thing ever depicted on screen in comparison.
Barely an hour long, DUMBO is a great film for the toddler crew, but hardly qualified as part Disney's best. Thin characters, light songs, and inadvertently racist, DUMBO has a great beginning, that fizzles into what feels like a very long short film. I mean, for God's sake the elephant doesn't even start flying until the final 4 minutes of the film. While certainly a classic character, and some truly great animation ("Pink Elephants on Parade" standing out as some of the superbly animated sequences of the era), DUMBO remains a lesser effort, if not somewhat worthwhile for the much younger crowd.
Dumbo is the ultimate underdog story (sorry, no elephant pun possible here). Because of his ears, Dumbo is cruelly shunned by his circus peers, and teased by everyone else. Every one except Timothy Mouse, with whose support, will find a way to prove himself unique. Often scathing examples of discrimination are on display here, but they are handled with humour and heart. Beautiful animation techniques, as seen in other Disney movies prior to this, take a backseat to more fleshed out storytelling and cartoon characters. Oliver Wallace and Frank Churchill's tuneful (and Oscar winning) score and songs are terrific.
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!
- 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!