Dumbo: Flies High, Absolutely the Cutest Baby Elephant You'll Ever See
Everybody can relate to Dumbo, whose very name shows how poorly he was treated but who rose above the taunts to become a star. Mrs. Jumbo (Verna Felton) is traveling between gigs on the train Casey Jr. (Margaret Wright) and receives a baby from a stork (Sterling Holloway). It is a wonderful baby elephant, but everyone quickly notices that it has big ears. They nickname him "Dumbo" and the name sticks. His mother gets angry, but when she defends her son, she is separated from the other animals for fear she is a danger to them.
|Aww, a baby elephant, how cute!|
|He's so cute. Wait. OH MY GOD!|
|Timothy Q. Mouse at your service!|
|Thumbs up, Dumbo!|
|The original "Dumbo" poster.|
|The big tent has to go up, rain or no rain.|
|Hi, fellas. Find any good carrion lately?|
|Some crows that unfortunately are racial stereotypes.|
|I wonder where they got the idea for "Thomas the Tank Engine?" Hmmm.|
Without having to be worried about detail (like hand-drawing 2 million individual water bubbles, as in "The Little Mermaid"), the animators were free to refine the main characters. Bill Tytla animated Dumbo, one of the great jobs in animation history.
|That has to be the cutest elephant ever.|
|Landing is always the tough part...|
Dumbo even makes cameo appearances or is referenced in other films, such as "The Great Mouse Detective," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "1941." There have been rumors for years of a sequel, but the current management at Disney isn't interested in sequels to long-ago Disney classics right now. However, Tim Burton did direct a 2019 live-action version of the original classic "Dumbo."
|The Star of the Show|
|"Dumbo" is all about the mother/child bond|