Dumbo

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Overview

The shortest of Disney's major animated features Dumbo involves a baby elephant with unusually large ears. Ostracized from the rest of the circus animals, poor Dumbo is even separated from his mother, who is chained up in a separate cage after trying to defend her child. Only brash-but-lovable Timothy Mouse offers the hand of friendship to Dumbo, encouraging the pouty pachyderm to exploit his "different" qualities for fame and fortune. After trepidatiously indulging in a vat of booze, Dumbo awakens in a tall ...
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Overview

The shortest of Disney's major animated features Dumbo involves a baby elephant with unusually large ears. Ostracized from the rest of the circus animals, poor Dumbo is even separated from his mother, who is chained up in a separate cage after trying to defend her child. Only brash-but-lovable Timothy Mouse offers the hand of friendship to Dumbo, encouraging the pouty pachyderm to exploit his "different" qualities for fame and fortune. After trepidatiously indulging in a vat of booze, Dumbo awakens in a tall tree. Goaded by a group of jive-talking crows, Dumbo discovers that his outsized ears have given him the ability to fly. The musical score by Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace won Oscars for them both.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • UPC: 786936157079
  • Original Release: 1941
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sterling Holloway Voice Only
Edward S. Brophy Voice Only
Herman Bing Voice Only
Verna Felton Voice Only
Cliff Edwards Voice Only
Billy Bletcher Voice Only
Sarah Selby Voice Only
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
Les 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
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One od Disney's Greatest

    One of my favorites as a child and the music is upbeat and entertaining. I will never forget this one.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Little Elephant, Big Ears

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pink Elephants On Parade Once More!

    '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.

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