A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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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…
This was my first watch since my childhood years and I didn't recall it being so short and silent. There are very few dialogues and much is said through the animation alone. I was surprised that I actually remembered most of the scenes in this film. The animation is simple compared to today's standards and the message is sweet. Like most of Disney's early films, it is very emotional and full of tender moments, but it also includes some strange and disturbing scenes, like when Dumbo was having psychedelic illusions. I don't consider this among Disney's best early works, but it still ha an emotional impact on me during my childhood years. It was worth my time.
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.
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…
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.
Just felt like watching it since I saw it this same time last year. Liked it, noticed where they skimped on animation to save budget. Good overall will see again in the future. Also very short.
Great, now my four year old wants a baby elephant.
Dumbo and Pinocchio: two Disney films mostly forgotton from my childhood, rewatched as an adult.
I wish I would have kept a movie journal when I was six years old. What did I think of Dumbo then? Why did Pinocchio pass through my conscience without leaving any imprint, but other Disney films captured my imagination?
Now that I'm all growd up, I can perceive what disappoints me about Dumbo and Pinocchio: these protagonists, children, begin and end as reactionary beings, tossed about by happenstance and authority. Their power is not achieved on their own, it is granted by a higher figure. Dumbo flies because of the actions of a magical adult male (more specifically, a Magical Negro). Pinocchio saves his…
tspdt 731 2016
Dumbo is about being you, finding it hard to do so, but managing, thriving having found the way to do so. The film is that simple, but nonetheless, poignant... more from:
One of my favorite Disney movies
Dumbo is much smaller in scale in comparison to the much larger in scale productions of Pinocchio and Fantasia. It has a beautiful, sweet, simple but very effective little story which is told in a relatively short time. The story and the way it is animated gets under your skin and hits every right emotion every time. The animation is so important in that since there is not much dialogue in Dumbo. Most is told through the amazing animation. The animation is absolutely flawless and the colouring is fantastic. After so many years, this still looks beautiful and doesn't age at all. It's because of this craftsmanship you get so much respect…
That hallucination scene is positively trippy.
Rated R for racism.
The weak plot. An unnecessarily long musical number (sure, the animations in "Pink Elephants on Parade" were cool, especially for the time...but why?). Apparent racism. And the heartbreaking neglect and abuse Jumbo went through. This film just doesn't sit right with me, and it never has.
The only good things about Dumbo are the song "Baby Mine", the beautiful theme of love between mother and son, and the adorableness that is Jumbo.
Edgar Wright's 1000 Favorite Movies via MUBI.