Dumbo ★★½

I’m not sure I understand the long-lasting appeal behind Dumbo - a deformed circus elephant, inexplicably incapable of speech who goes on to use his deformity for his own glory. It’s a sweet story, and simple enough, but compared to its peers, Dumbo is underwhelming and relatively unimpressive. Aside from the amazing sequence where Dumbo gets drunk (early Disney really liked getting their characters intoxicated) and sees bubbles in the shape of many elephants dancing, I feel like I’m missing something. Bambi, Pinnochio, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are remarkably compelling tales of their respective characters finding their place in the world, all accompanied by a tantalizing edge. Call it heresy, but Dumbo falls flat for me by missing that edge and I struggle to understand its historical significance.