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…
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…
Film #24 of my Hanging Out with Disney project
(From the Dumbo soundtrack; www.youtube.com/watch?v=061VdVgMHbI&index=1&list=PLC26D8E1714782A6B)
We all know this story; Dumbo's the cute little baby elephant with big ears and is picked on a lot for it, the mother gets herself locked up while defending him, and Dumbo becomes more depressed. Timothy Mouse shows up, attempts to make Dumbo a circus sensation, fails, they get tipsy, hallucinate pink elephants, and Dumbo eventually uses his ears to fly, everyone's happy now. Underdog story done right! And this childhood favorite of mine still holds up tremendously. Mainly because everyone can relate to Dumbo's problems. I can't think of anyone who's lived on this earth that has not felt rejected or bullied by rude…
One of my favorites! I talk more about why here: www.ifitfitz.com/365/dumbo
First things first: the outdated bigotry in this thing is jarring, which includes one of the most racist songs in film history (Happy Hearted Roustabouts). Otherwise, Dumbo is pure and simple perfection. In just barely over an hour, we’re taken from completely heartbroken to joyfully triumphant. Gorgeously animated and vividly voiced, Dumbo is among the most moving of all Disney’s films.
The one Disney film that almost always moves me to tears. Laugh if you want, but if you've ever been a victim of bullying at least once in your life, you'll understand in the fullest. Key highlights include "Pink Elephants on Parade" and "When I See an Elephant Fly", two of the best musical numbers in the entire Disney cannon of which the former continues to be unmatched in the field of hand-drawn animation.
The only real problem I had with this film (which this is my first time viewing) is that it was too damn short. The story was very basic and wrapped up so quickly. Other than that, an okay film.
Never seen all the way through before. The blu-ray is sumptuous and animation stupendous. Incredible.
a strange(drunk elephant hallucinations) and sad movie with a happy ending message of believing in yourself and embracing your freakishly large ears
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Classic story, well animated. Funny at times. Wasn't sure about the drunk vision sequence but liked the elephant fly song.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
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…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!