Starring: Edward Brophy, Sterling Holloway
Directed by: Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen
Written By: Michael Haneke
Rating: G (US) Running Time: 1 hr 3 min
It had been such a long time since I saw Dumbo, I had forgotten how dark Disney animated films could be. A misfit is born (delivered by stork in this scenario), only to find the world is an incredibly cruel place. Even his own kind shun him due to his over sized ears. But with the support of a loving mother and his loyal friend Timothy Q. Mouse (Edward Brophy) , Dumbo turns his unique deformity into a asset and wins the day!
The message is pretty clear and predictable, but this film also has some pretty adult themes. The Elephants on Parade scene is incredible but basically a euphemism for a drunken hallucination! Disney certainly don’t make kids films like this anymore.
Keep in mind there are some darker themes here. Characters get accidentally drunk, and smoke cigars. Dumbo’s mother is also locked away for trying to protect her child leaving Dumbo to be abused by clowns! Some kids may actually find all this a bit much. The overall message is a positive one though, and this is one of Disney’s classics for a good reason. It’s really good!
A viewing over the cloud through your preferred streaming service will do.
Best moments for me:
The Elephants on Parade scene, and I love the song ‘When I see An Elephant Fly.’