Meet Dumbo, Mrs. Jumbo’s sweet little “Baby Mine,” the one with the huge floppy ears! With the support of his very best friend, Timothy the mouse, Dumbo soon learns that his spectacular ears actually make him unique and special, allowing him to soar to fame as the world’s only flying elephant.
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Classic early feature from Disney with a fun and often touching script that tells its tale quickly but effectively. Watching with modern sensibilities one can call the filmmakers on hints of racism but some films need to be watched in the context of their times.
In terms of storytelling this film strikes me as pretty progressive. As a Protagonist Dumbo manages to drive the film without really doing anything til the end but it works. Some cinephiles dismiss Disney for mass producing cuteness but I can't agree here. It has sweet moments but the bulk of it is harsh or downright scary. In terms of craftsmanship I'll take 'The Pink Elephants' sequence over anything Pixar.
70 years of age and not a wrinkle to this mofoca. How awesome is that? A film that still makes my eyes water like onions. A film that still rips my soul apart. I still think I'm dumbo. How dumb can a guy be?
The purest expression of Disney for good & for ill. The ultimate display of the plasmatic life-force Eisenstein associates with the early shorts. Everything is absolute squish or absolute strain, often set against lashing rain or a pure white void. Those bubblegum chimeras are still terrifying and Dumbo is still ludicrously cute. I love the broken-down robot voice of the train. Only the racism marred my enjoyment.
One word: cute. There's nothing particularly remarkable about Dumbo. It's much simpler and more lighthearted, other than the drunken hallucination, which is rather creepy to be honest, though very fun to watch. The film isn't as grand as the eponymous protagonist's ears, nor as epic as previous Disney films, though it has moments of fine and powerful emotion, resulting in a film memorable in its simplicity.