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Dumbo packs plenty of story into its brief runtime, along with all the warm animation and wonderful music you'd expect from a Disney classic.



Total Count: 41


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Ostracized from the rest of the circus animals, poor Dumbo the elephant is 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.


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Critic Reviews for Dumbo

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  • Mar 06, 2015
    It's progressive, it's racist. It's heart-warming, it's depressing. It's a moral tale, it's apathetic. Whatever. All I know is: Pink Elephants on Parade.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2015
    "Well I been done seen about everything, when I see an elephant fly!" One of Disney's most iconic films, Dumbo is a cute little story about a flying elephant. The plot's fairly simple; a baby circus elephant nicknamed "Dumbo" (do to his big, oversized ears) is ostracized by his fellow elephants, but finds a unlikely friend in a mouse named Timothy. The animation is quite good, with lots of bright colors and fun character designs. However, it gets a little out-of-control at times (such as the Elephants on Parade sequence). And the ending is really rushed, throwing-out a lot of exposition in the last few minutes of the film. Dumbo doesn't exactly soar to great highs, but it's entertaining and the character is adorable.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2014
    The box office failure of Fantasia prompted Disney to make this much simpler animation that relies more on characters and feelings, and it has a very beautiful story (despite some ethnic stereotypes) about rejection and how one's "defect" ends up being what makes one so special.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2012
    Dumbo is a terrific Disney classic and is among the best films that the studio has produced. Brilliantly animated and directed with a great cast, Dumbo is a fun, sad film that will appeal to people of all ages. That's the great thing about this film. This is a great film that I grew up with, and is certainly a classic Disney offering. Although it has a few flaws, Dumbo succeeds at being a fun, entertaining film for viewers of all ages. This is a well put together film from start to finish. You're sure to enjoy this film if you love previous Disney outings and this is yet another stellar classic. The cast are wonderful and each brings something special to the screen to bring the characters to life with the great voice performance each one gives. This is among the most popular Disney title and it's easy to see why. A very enjoyable flick for the whole family, it has something that anyone is sure to enjoy. Dumbo is a flawed film, but nonetheless it is still a memorable film in Disney's catalogue. Despite its slight imperfections, Dumbo is an accomplished animated feature and like I've said before is sure to please Disney fans of all ages. This is a must film and is among Disney all time greatest classics. This was when Disney was making cinematic gold and it shows. A superb film that is sure to demand multiple viewings. This was Disney making great films ands Dumbo is a wonderful film that will capture your imagination from start to finish.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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