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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.
That six-minute sequence that anticipates psychedelia by 20 years is its single best quality by far; its brisk running time that wastes very little getting to that section is its second-best.
I finally watched this well-known story of a misfit elephant realizing his true talents in a traveling circus. Dumbo's forbidden relationship with his protective mother is heartbreaking and the beginning of Disney's tradition of mistreating animal moms. Favorite scene: the exciting catastrophe of Dumbo's debut as a performer with the snarky elephant sisterhood.
The Disney Studio, after losing money on "Pinocchio" and "Fantasia" (in large part due to the restriction in European markets after Hitler invaded Poland & World War II broke out), went with a straightforward, no-frills animated feature. It turned out to be a masterful execution of economic storytelling.
The only indulgence in the 64 minute film is the famed "pink elephants on parade" sequence. Threaded into the story as a drunken nightmare when Dumbo accidentally consumes a bucketful of liquor, the sequence features stunning, surrealist animation. In fact, Disney and Salvador Dali would go on to collaborate on a short called "Destino" that remained unfinished until Disney's nephew, Roy, would oversee its completion in the late 1990s. Dali's influence is undeniably all over the "pink elephants" sequence.
"Dumbo" provides what is arguably Disney's most realized and satisfying film in his lifetime, and in the company's legendary history.
Dumbo is a short, delightful and moving animation with beautiful visuals and important messages that are still relevant 70 years on!! Another classic Disney!
Part of my Disney marathon (check out the list: goo.gl/hPSVHJ), "Dumbo," along with "Pinocchio," belongs to the group of Disney films that seem to have been forgotten with time. That's rather a shame, since "Dumbo" is, to my great surprise, one of the most heartfelt stories that Disney has produced.
Running at just over 60 minutes, "Dumbo" is a pretty short movie, which adds to its achievement in telling a wonderful story in such a short time. In this time span, three songs particularly stand out: "Pink Elephants," which comes during a funny "drunken Dumbo" sequence (although it could have been shorter, unless it actually helped advance the plot); "When I See An Elephant Fly," which is the last song…
Couldn't get the final song out of my bastard head.
Yes, we watched it again.
Goofy silhouettes. Yes.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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