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The Dumbo 60th Anniversary Edition was the beneficiary of an electronic film restoration process where every frame of film was scanned into a high resolution computer system, then painstakingly examined and repaired frame by frame to eliminate negative and positive dirt, film scratches and the like. A high definition transfer was done and color correction was supervised by Disney Feature Animation to ensure faithful reproduction of the colors as they were originally intended.
Only 64 minutes long, Dumbo remains one of most charming and heartfelt films in the Disney canon. This DVD marks the 60th anniversary of its release: the attack on Pearl Harbor knocked Dumbo off the cover of Time. The clear, digitally restored print highlights the imaginative use of color in the film, especially in the dramatic sequence of the roustabouts raising the big top and the brilliantly surreal "Pink Elephants on Parade." In the "Celebrating Dumbo" featurette, young studio artists talk about loving the film but provide little information about its creation. The artists aren't identified in the small galleries of preproduction drawings and publicity stills. Animation historian John Canemaker provides a knowledgeable audio commentary, but the viewer longs for more of Joe Grant, the 93-year-old cowriter of Dumbo who continues to work at the Disney Studio. --Charles Solomon
- Digitally Remastered & Restored
- Audio Commentary
- Original Walt Disney TV Introduction
- Celebrating "Dumbo" Featurette on the Origins and History of Dumbo
- Sound Design - Creating the voice of Casey Jr
- Animated Shorts: "Elmer Elephant" & "The Flying Mouse"
- Storybook Read-Along - A New Adventure About Dumbo
- Sing-Alongs: "Look out for Mr. Stork," "Casey Jr."
- Art Gallery
- Michael Crawford Music Video, "Baby Mine"
- Dumbo II Sneak Peek
- DVD-ROM Content
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Who cares about the Disney business routine? They are about making a profit and entertaining their customers. For gentle, innocent stories w/a moral (remember those?) Disney is one of the few reliable film companies that will still offer fun stories w/great animation and beautiful songs. How ugly the world would be without those movies.
Only problem I have is just a minor nitpick and has to do with the special features and not the movie. As a child I loved watching Dumbo's Circus and I think it would have been more fitting to put at least 1 episode of that show instead of the 2 bonus cartoons as special features.
I recently introduced my toddler to this one of kind tale. It has so many layers about love and life. I still cry when the Baby Mine song comes on!
This is such a special story.
A great family movie.to watch together!
I love having this awesome movie at my fingertips with my Amazon video streaming!
I rented "Dumbo" so that I could preview it before buying it for my 5-year-old, who saw a preview for it on another Disney DVD and wants to see it. This animated movie about a sweet-faced, sad-eyed baby elephant got a strong emotional reaction from me.....and I tend to have a somewhat jaded view of the world.
Regarding the quality of the movie itself: I thought the movie was visually pretty; not as gorgeous as, say, "The Lion King," but since this movie is 70 years old, that's to be expected. The story flowed well, though I wish the ending had been a bit more complete as it felt rushed to me. The songs were memorable, especially "Baby Mine." (I don't see how anyone can watch that scene and not get a lump in their throat, at the very least.)
Many people have commented on two scenes in the movie that many consider to be controversial. I agree that the "roustabout" number has some cringe-inducing lyrics. It was a reflection of the times, and that ugly aspect of history can't be hidden from the art of that time period. Regarding the highly discussed "pink elephants" number: I think it was merely a diversion meant to lighten up the mood of the movie since that number takes place after a couple of very sad scenes, plus it led Timothy Mouse to determine that Dumbo can fly.
Parents should know that this story is a variation of "The Ugly Duckling," and some children, particularly those who are very sensitive to the feelings of others, may be disturbed by Dumbo's treatment. That aspect of the movie is what got to me. The artists clearly convey the love that Dumbo and his mother have for each other, as well as the sadness they feel over the events that transpire. Dumbo triumphs in the end, but as I wrote earlier, the ending is very quick, and in my opinion, doesn't really allow the audience to share in his glory. Instead, the ending just assures us that he is going to be okay, then the credits roll.
My final decision on whether or not to buy this movie for my child is that while I do want her to watch it, I plan to wait a year or two. Dumbo is a wonderful movie, and there are many topics to be discussed after watching it, important topics that should be discussed in families. I just want to be sure that she has the emotional maturity to express what she's feeling and discuss it with me. If I were to give an age range that I think would be appropriate for this movie, I'd say age 7 and up.