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.