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Deceptively simple, beautiful, moving, and hilarious, DUMBO is often overlooked when considering Disney's greatest films because perhaps of its lack of extravagance, its brief running time, and its simple story. Baby elephant Jumbo Jr. is delivered by the stork to his elephant mom with much fanfare but soon receives a cold shoulder from the snobby female pachyderms and the rest of the circus due to his oversize ears. When his mother goes on a rampage in order to protect him from some snickering rubes, she winds up locked away. Dumbo is left without a friend in the world until the street-smart Timothy Mouse decides to become his manager and a telephone line full of delightful jive-talking crows convince him he can fly. Highlights include Dumbo accidentally getting drunk and experiencing the surreal musical sequence "Pink Elephants on Parade" and a soundtrack packed with such priceless songs as the Oscar-winning "Baby Mine" and the crow's soulful number, "When I see an Elephant Fly." There's nary an imperf...
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DirectorBen Sharpsteen
Release Date:  1941
MPAA Rating:  G
DVD Release Date:  Buena Vista Home Entertainment (October 23, 2001)
Runtime:  1hr 4min
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review by . May 05, 2005
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Pros: Wonderful animation, great story for the kids     Cons: Age hasn't been kind to the film quality     The Bottom Line: If Dumbo isn't already in your collection, add it now.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. Confession: I'm 32 years old and I haven't seen Dumbo.     With that out of the way, I figured it would be a good time to watch it with my kids ages 2 and 5. Needless …
review by . February 12, 2003
Pros: that darling face and wonderful ears     Cons: none     The Bottom Line: .........     This classic Disney movie has always been one of my favorites because even though it is fully animated it is directed at adults. After all, what child [God forbid] would ever understand the Pink Elephant theory in this movie? Beautifully animated, Dumbo was one of Disney’s shortest and least expensive movies.      Looking …
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