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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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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.
Dumbo is about judgement and intolerance and oppression and unfair discrimination. From what I've seen, most of the time in real life victims of unfair societal views do not end up triumphing over the oppression the way Dumbo does in the movie. But I guess the movie is a message of hope that maybe we can hope to change some of the unfair things about the way society works, so that innocent people like Dumbo and his mother can have freedom. I don't know if the movie Dumbo can make the world a better place--there are a lot of hypocrites who love the movie Dumbo, they love the movie and spend money on it to buy it but they themselves are treating people and animals in rude unfair ways, so they love the movie but they themselves are cruel and bitter and judgemental and so they obviously have no regard for the messages of love and understanding in the movie--but I agree with the people on the DVD that it is one of the most beautiful movies ever made. I wish the movie Dumbo could have an effect on the way people are treated in society. There are so many people living in imposed situations that are not fair, but I guess when life is not fair they have to just go on living while the unfair situation is going on, and that's another message in the movie--Timothy tells Dumbo to go on living even before they learn that there's a way Dumbo can have victory over the situation. Before they ever knew that Dumbo could fly, they were already going to just continue living. I wish this movie could help spread goodness in the world. I love this movie.
There are many distressing scenes as other reviewers have said, but what really bothers my husband more so than me, is that for e.g. in the roustabouts song where they set up the circus, and in the scene where they tie up Dumbo's mommy, the African American roustabouts are not considered worthwhile of being depicted with facial features. I guess it reflects the times when the movie was made. You would watch this with the same advisorys as reading Mark Twain. Its a lovely song, and
overall the movie has the opposite message, of being tolerant to differences in features/characteristics because everyone is special.
I love this movie and always watch with my son, and in the fire scene I explain that they are clowns and pretending, though Dumbo doesn't want to be a clown. Luckily, from the Baby Newton DVD, he already had a much more positive image of clowns. So he seems to be able to understand that its supposed to be funny, though we empathize with Dumbo and rather want to cry. As for the elephants crashing scene etc. well, I can only say that building and breaking up tall towers, crashing cars, etc is a favorite toddler activity :-) And Mommy here always gets a snuggle kiss for the Baby Mine song. My son also noticed that there is no Daddy figure depicted, and I tell him that his Daddy is the same as Mommy and always there for him.
Also containing some DVD extras, included is a historically interesting and nicely delivered separate audio track on the whole film, talking about the various artists who made it, as well as the actors (all uncredited) who supplied the dialogue voicing. Superb film print in this particular DVD issue. Highly recommended!
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