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Dumbo (1941)



Critic Consensus: 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.

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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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Jesper Klein
as Timothy Mouse
Edward S. Brophy
as Timothy Q. Mouse
Lily Broberg
as Ringmaster
Herman Bing
as Ringmaster
Verna Felton
as Elephant
Palle Huld
as Jim Crow
Cliff Edwards
as Jim Crow
Sarah Selby
as Elephant
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Critic Reviews for Dumbo

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (5)

Although Dumbo offers no startling innovations in animated cartooning, it is probably Disney's best all-round picture to date.

November 3, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's one of Disney's most charming and perfectly proportioned films, uninflated by the cultural pretensions Uncle Walt was fond of slipping in.

September 2, 2008 | Full Review…

There's a pleasant little story, plenty of pathos mixed with the large doses of humor, a number of appealing new animal characters, lots of good music, and the usual Disney skillfulness in technique.

August 28, 2008 | Full Review…

One of the best of Disney's animated features.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

A film you will never forget.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Though the character's eventual comic triumph is never in doubt, there are traumatic moments along the way, including an extraordinary, nightmarish drunk sequence that suggests the animators had early access to LSD.

September 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dumbo


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

For all of the buildup and story that this film brings to the table, it's too short and feels a tad rushed to get to the point by the end, while disregarding main plot points that were developed during the first half of the picture. Sure, it's meant to be kids entertainment, and in that respect, it definitely pays it's dues, but overall, it made itself out to be more than what it actually is. This film has a wonderfully scripted storyline, but was poorly executed by a short running time. I would have liked to see everything unfold rather than have such a quick and happy ending handed to me. "Dumbo" should have been better than what it is!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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 roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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