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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…
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…
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…
I was uncharacteristically touched by Dumbo due the fact I was simultaneously playing with my son who has similar big blue eyes (though luckily not the ears).
It was also an interesting exercise in memory; I remembered everything that happened in this movie but I wouldn't have been able to put it together in the proper order, possibly because the film is very episodic.
The most shocking part to me was the fact that Dumbo doesn't actually fly until about 10 minutes from the end. Spoiler!
This cherished Disney classic was a joy to re-visit, it's re-imagining of 'The Ugly Duckling' fairytale is still as relevant a morality tale today as it was in 1941. The Blu-Ray scrubs up very nicely.
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Dumbo's gentle humanism and embrace of the marginalized doesn't sit too well with Disney's customary casual racism (esp. in that weird 'Roustabout' number). And for the first time, the climax reminded me of De Palma's Carrie, as the put-upon little elephant has his spectacular and fairly violent revenge on all those who laughed at him and his mother. But I still think its warmth, generosity of spirit, and total lack of real malice make this a uniquely endearing picture in the Disney canon, not to mention the technical brilliance of 'Pink Elephants on Parade', which is a masterpiece in its own right.
DUMBO isn't quite a masterpiece but it does contain some wonderful moments. Because the design of the film is so stripped down, it's best sequences involve some great character animation. Since Dumbo doesn't speak, so much is communicated through his eyes where we really can feel his fear, his sadness, and his vulnerability. Without that empathy, the film probably wouldn't amount to much more than an extended short. But it's simplicity really works in its favor, and clocking in at just over an hour, Disney doesn't try to stretch the story out beyond its limits. After thoroughly setting up the underdog, it ends strong with a suspenseful and joyful climax. It may not stand as tall as the other great Disney films of the time, but it's still a classic.
"Baby, Mine" makes me cry and the "Pink Elephants" sequence is wonderfully surreal.
The pink elephants scene is brilliant! The rest of the film is also enjoyable.
Unnatural, false, and thoughtless all around. From the dumb heaven-sent-stork fantasy, through the incontestably evil delusion of happy and sunshine-y zoos (a cancerous and ridiculous blight on humanity's interaction with the rest of the world), and through to the senseless mouse-as-unlikely-mentor story, Disney has a surprising lack of ideas/questions of any taste or substance at all.
DUMBO the film is much too ugly and depressing to ignore these things, and it doesn't help to add racism and exploitation to its bag of tricks. Dumbo the character, especially when he's a precocious little scamp of a child, is in contrast a fairly interesting and delightful element -- and many of the other characters (with the exception of the stupid, malicious gossipy-older-elephant troupe) are nicely animated -- but most of the movie is just way too useless and icky for him.
Simple Disney animation, but there's no denying the creativity of the animation or strength of the moral.
I can't help but think
This could have been handled in
An eight-minute 'toon.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I once made a video in which I combined the "Pink Elephants" sequence from Dumbo with clips from EDC and set it to a dubstep remix of the song. It wasn't too far of a stretch.
Not that that's a bad thing, because if there's two things that are great about Dumbo, it's the songs and the animation sequences that come with it. "The Work Song," "Casey Jr.," the trippy-as-fuck "Pink Elephants" scene - if you think about it, none of them have anything to do with actual story of Dumbo, except for the excellent "When I See An Elephant Fly," but the story isn't really what we're here for. It's much more of an experience of going to the…
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