This was playing on in a antique store that I wandered into. I wasn't brought up watching cartoons and had never seen it. The music hit me like a harpoon. "Sir, please don't touch the volume! Hey, Excuse me?! Excuse Me!" They kicked me out.
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?