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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.
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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.
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…
You'll believe an elephant can fly! Without a magic feather! All you need is to get that elephant drunk first! One of the few things I loved about the first batch of the released animated Walt Disney-produced films is that it cannot be replicated at this modern time (as of this writing) without cutting some material off. So far, Disney's first entirely mute character not counting the silent Mickey, Oswald cartoons.
Props for "Pink Elephants" being one of my favorite musical sequences ever.
After the financial flops that was Pinocchio and Fantasia, Dumbo is basically seen as the film that saved Walt Disney Pictures and it is yet another masterpiece that has held up incredibly well over the years. The plot is pretty basic really, it is just about a baby elephant with big ears, who is constantly mocked for his appearance and his mother was imprisoned. Me makes friends with a mouse and they try and make him a star of the circus to free his mother.
Looking at the plot on paper it looks a…
Adorable pachyderm with unusual giant ears becomes the insignia of plucky determination notwithstanding prejudices in this winning Disney classic destined to inspire the hopes and adoration of many! Born into a circus family (or more like delivered to his mother by a stork), Jumbo Jr., dubbed "Dumbo" by detractors due to his abnormal physical trait, wants to prove himself special and worthy to the naysayers, earning an unlikely yet neighborly assistance from Timothy Q. Mouse (voiced by Edward Brophy) in rising above the odds and flabbergasting the world as the "ninth wonder of the universe." Wonderful animated feature based on a children's story by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl embraces a cautiously optimistic fable in that kids and adults alike…
One of my favorite films as a young kid, to see it in the theater was great.
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I've read somewhere that Dumbo is the saddest Disney film ever made and I can certainly see why folks would make that argument. The film is also quite original and subversive.
It's clear that Mrs. Jumbo is desperate to be a mom. She's looking all over the place for the stork at the beginning of the movie and she is so proud and happy when Jumbo Jr. arrives. Unfortunately, the other elephants are a bunch of obnoxious jerks who make fun of Jr's ears. At first, the only other creature who sees Jr's worth is Timothy Mouse who goes on to try and scare the other elephants into showing some manners. When a human jerk begins taunting and physically assaulting…
A child struggles with deformity, alcoholism and racism after his mother is declared "mad".
s/o to that one scene where they get drunk af lmaoo
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