All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
The One...The Only...The FABULOUS...
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…
Review In A Nutshell:
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…
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…
Pink Elephants on Parade is my favorite scene from any Disney movie. Disney would never get away with that today
Clocking in at a little over an hour Dumbo is a slight film about an elephant born into a circus
Has a great and scary sequence the Pink Elephants on Parade song
Can't really say much as it was over before I knew it
I'm about to head to Magic Kingdom, so I partook in my usual tradition of watching a Disney classic before heading to a park. I picked Dumbo because, well, I really fucking love Dumbo. It's just 64 minutes of perfection, Disney encapsulated into one great, breezy package. Easily among my very very favorites.
Pathos for miles.
"All we gotta do is build an act. Make ya a star. A headliner!
Dumbo the Grrreat!"
Here’s a Disney-feature reduced to something narratively smaller as well as shortened to something longitudinally tighter, and yet still as touching and worthy of that classic category – which is by now so well known and beloved – and existing as the very core of Disney’s colossal catalogue of films! I don’t think I have actually seen ‘Dumbo’ since I was a kid, and I’m always kind of worried that those childhood favorites may not put a light in my eyes in the same way, which they so memorably did for me, and thousands of other children, back in those glorious days! But…
One must, of course, 1st address the jive-talkin' crow issue. The choice of animal for the black characters is unfortunate; the naming of their leader "Jim Crow" is unconscionable. -1 point for that. That said, outside of the Jumbos & Timothy Mouse, they're the *only* sympathetic characters in the piece. And they're damn witty to boot.
What struck me most this viewing in this age of bullying-awareness: Dumbo's salvation-via-flying takes up, at the very most, the last 10 minutes of the story. The rest is dark, dark, suicide-inviting despair & humiliation, with the nightmarish & brilliant "Pink Elephants on Parade" the only respite. Even that is a bad trip. Disney's effort to cut costs after the financial failures of PINOCCHIO and FANTASIA results in a clean, lean yet stylized look. I love the simple watercolor backgrounds & the silhouette renditions of the (expensive-to-animate) humans. Having Dumbo be mute also saved $$$ and was a correct artistic decision to boot: his silent cuteness. 8/10
Disney's sweetest movie? Certainly it's simplest, I'd say. A basic rework of "The Ugly Duckling", with morals (embrace the differences within ourselves no matter what the world says, believe in yourself) that have been told a million times since (and probably before)...yet here...the whole film is just so uncluttered and pure and lean and charming as hell. Too short (and dated) for some, but I embrace those differences. Certainly the world needed Dumbo in 1941, and a dose now (Burton or otherwise) wouldn't go astray. Love the little guy.
There is heart and a scene with some crazy visuals, but the heart and magic the movie tries so much to provide is not as strong as in other Disney movies.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!