Dumbo

Dumbo

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Director: Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney

Cast: Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney

     
 

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A Disney masterpiece, Dumbo is the story of a shy little elephant with some really big ears. The 1.33:1 full frame transfer of this classic cartoon looks very good, though there are still some noticeable flaws in the image. Overall, the colors look bright and well-saturated with only a small amount of bleeding present. While a small amount of grain shows up in

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A Disney masterpiece, Dumbo is the story of a shy little elephant with some really big ears. The 1.33:1 full frame transfer of this classic cartoon looks very good, though there are still some noticeable flaws in the image. Overall, the colors look bright and well-saturated with only a small amount of bleeding present. While a small amount of grain shows up in the picture, it is never intrusive enough to distract from the viewing. The audio is presented in a newly remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack in English, French, and Spanish. It is certainly nice to have a new 5.1 remix on this disc, though, because of the age of the film, many of the effects and surround usage sound forced. However, the bulk of the soundtrack is free of any distortion or excessive hiss. Also included on this disc are English captions. Dumbo has been given the royal treatment for its first time on DVD when it comes to special features. To start off this disc, there is a screen-specific commentary track by historian John Canemaker. This is a great commentary for fans to listen to, as it gives much information about the history of the film. A "Dumbo Art Gallery" is a collection of 120 stills that has everything from conceptual designs to rare photos from the film. "Celebrating Dumbo" is a featurette that includes interviews with everyone from Roy Disney to critic Leonard Maltin discussing their thoughts on and the impact of Dumbo. Two animated shorts are included that should please both children and adults alike. A "Sound Design" featurette focuses on the recording of some of the actors voices for the film. There is another featurette about the making of the sequel, Dumbo II. Finally there are original trailers for Dumbo's 1941 premiere, as well as the 1949 re-release, some DVD-ROM features, and a few "Sing-Along-Songs" for the kids. All age groups should readily enjoy this DVD release of the classic animated Dumbo.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Walt Disney's fourth animated feature soars to new heights on this digitally remastered "60th Anniversary Edition" VHS and, for the first time, on DVD. This was Walt's favorite of his animated features (or so he claims in his introduction to the film's first TV broadcast, which is included on the DVD). Exquisitely simple, Dumbo tells the touching and triumphant story of the young circus elephant whose oversize ears mark him as a "Freak!" to other pachyderms. But thanks to his mother's love and the friendship of Timothy J. Mouse, he discovers that the very thing that holds him down will lift him up to become "the 9th wonder of the Universe" and the circus's star attraction. Listen for Sterling Holloway (Winnie-the-Pooh) as the weighted-down stork who delivers Dumbo; and wrestle with your sense of the politically correct as jive-talking crows sing one of the film's signature songs, "When I See an Elephant Fly." The Oscar-winning score also includes the heartbreaking "Baby Mine" and the surreal "Pink Elephants on Parade," two classic sequences that rank high among Disney's most inspired. The archival goodies included on the 60th Anniversary DVD editions are true treasures: There are several illuminating segments that chart the film's production, as well as insightful and meticulous commentary by animator and historian John Canemaker. Kids will enjoy two vintage "Silly Symphony" cartoons, two sing-alongs, and a DVD storybook. This is the definitive Dumbo -- pure and primal entertainment your family will never forget.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2001
UPC:
0786936144390
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:04:00

Special Features

Audio commentary; Michael Crawford "Baby Mine" music video ; Exclusive look at "Dumbo II'; Dumbo art gallery: rare and never-before-seen concept art; Original Walt Disney TV introduction; "Celebrating Dumbo" featurette: the origins and history of "Dumbo"; Sound design: creating the voice of Casey Jr.; Dumbo DVD storybook; Animated shorts: "Elmer Elephant" and "The Flying Mouse"; Singalong songs: "Look out for Mr. Stork" and "Casey Jr."; French and Spanish tracks; Publicity materials; DVD-ROM weblinks

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sterling Holloway Stork
Edward S. Brophy Timothy Q. Mouse
Herman Bing Ringmaster
Verna Felton Elephant
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards Jim Crow
Billy Bletcher Clown
Sarah Selby Elephant

Technical Credits
Samuel Armstrong Director
Norman Ferguson Director
Wilfred Jackson Director
Jack Kinney Director
Bill Roberts Director
Ben Sharpsteen Director
Arthur Babbitt Animator
Aurelius Battaglia Screenwriter
James Bodrero Consultant/advisor
Frank Churchill Score Composer
Clark Art Director
Don DaGradi Art Director
Walt Disney Producer
Otto Englander Screenwriter
Joe Grant Original Story,Screenwriter
Dick Huemer Original Story,Screenwriter
Jack Campbell Art Director
Walt Kelly Animator,Art Director
Dick Kelsey Art Director
Ward Kimball Animator
Hicks Lokey Art Director
John Lounsbery Animator
Joshua Meador Art Director
John P. Miller Consultant/advisor
Fred Moore Animator
Milt Neil Art Director
Maruice Nobel Consultant/advisor
Ernest Nordli Art Director
Kendall O'Connor Art Director
Art Palmer Art Director
Ray Patterson Art Director
Don Patterson Art Director
Charles Payzant Art Director
Bill Peet Screenwriter
Edward Plumb Musical Direction/Supervision
Elmer Plummer Consultant/advisor
Martin Provensen Consultant/advisor
Wolfgang Reitherman Animator
Joe Rinaldi Screenwriter
Herb Ryman Art Director
Herbert Ryman Art Director
Bill Shull Art Director
Grant Simmons Art Director
Claude Smith Art Director
Webb Smith Screenwriter
George Stallings Original Story
Terrell Stapp Art Director
Vladimir Tytla Animator
John Walbridge Consultant/advisor
Oliver Wallace Score Composer
Ned Washington Score Composer,Songwriter
Berny Wolf Art Director
Cy Young Animator,Art Director
Al Zinnen Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits [1:15]
2. Lookout for Mr.Stork [1:15]
3. The Circus Moves On "Caesar Junior" [1:15]
4. Dumbo Delivered [2:55]
5. Setting Up the Big Top"Song of the Roustabouts" [2:19]
6. A Bath for Dumbo [6:14]
7. Mrs.Jumbo in Solitary Confinement [4:11]
8. Dumbo Meets a New Friend [3:06]
9. A Pyramid of Pachyderms [3:24]
10. Dumbo's Disgrace [4:57]
11. Dumbo Visits His Mother "Baby Mine" [5:21]
12. Dumbo Gets the Hiccups [1:27]
13. "Pink Elephants on Parade" [2:52]
14. Up a Tree [4:22]
15. "When I See An Elephant Fly" [3:33]
16. Dumbo Flies! [4:52]
17. Dumbo's Surprise [3:41]

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Dumbo 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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'Dumbo' is the delightful tale of a floppy-eared elephant that comes into his own when he realizes, with the aid of Timothy Q. Mouse (vocal by Edward Brophy) that he can fly. Filled with Uncle Walt's masterful gifts of storytelling and memorable music, this is a genuine treasure that, no matter your age, will warm your heart. For those new to the film, the scene in which Dumbo's mother is imprisoned warrants bringing a box of Kleenex. Coupled with the song, 'Baby Mine', it's truly heart-breaking. Sterling Holloway narrates as Mr. Stork and the outstanding vocal ensemble includes Cliff Edwards as Jim Crow and Margaret Wright as the spirited steam engine ¿ Casey Jr. The transfer on Dumbo is outstanding. This is a rich and vibrant animated picture that completely captures the spirit and vitality of Disney animation. There is a bit of film grain and some minor age related artifacts present but nothing to distract. Also, some edge enhancement does crop up now and then. Colors are solid and vibrant. Contrast levels are bang on. The audio has been remastered and remixed and is very nicely spread. Extras include a making-of documentary, some short subjects and a theatrical trailer. All-in-all, great good fun. 'Dumbo' is a family classic. It sparkles with the kind of innocence and mastery in the craft of animation that is sadly lacking from Disney's current crop of feature films.
KindergartenTeacher66 More than 1 year ago
A classic Disney feature with the adorable Dumbo. Little elephant, big ears and a lot of heart! A great addition to your home DVD library.
foreverinmyheart More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites as a child and the music is upbeat and entertaining. I will never forget this one.
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