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With high-flying entertainment and messages about friendship, acceptance, courage, and believing in yourself, Walt Disney's DUMBO is "a timeless classic for children of all ages. Walt Disney at his finest" (Us Weekly). Meet Dumbo, Mrs. Jumbo's sweet little "Baby Mine" who charms all who see him . . . until it's discovered that he has huge floppy ears! With the support of his very best friend, Timothy the mouse, Dumbo soon learns that his spectacular ears make him unique and special, allowing him to soar to fame as the world's only flying elephant. You'll love all the daring adventure, colorful characters, award-winning music, and a circus tent full of fun bonus features! Go behind the scenes with DisneyPedia's "My First Circus," an all-new activity where you can learn about your favorite circus animals. This Big Top Edition also features Sing-Along Songs, a DVD Storybook, a new digital transfer, and much more.
A Disney "classic" that actually is a classic, Dumbo should be part of your video collection whether or not you have children. The storytelling was never as lean as in Dumbo, the songs rarely as haunting (or just plain weird), the characters rarely so well defined. The film pits the "cold, cruel, heartless" world that can't accept abnormality against a plucky, and mute, hero. Jumbo Jr. (Dumbo is a mean-spirited nickname) is ostracized from the circus pack shortly after his delivery by the stork because of his big ears. His mother sticks up for him and is shackled. He's jeered by children (an insightful scene has one boy poking fun at Dumbo's ears, even though the youngster's ears are also ungainly), used by the circus folk, and demoted to appearing with the clowns. Only the decent Timothy Q. Mouse looks out for the little guy. Concerns about the un-PC "Jim Crow" crows, who mock Dumbo with the wonderful "When I See an Elephant Fly," should be moderated by remembering that the crows are the only social group in the film who act kindly to the little outcast. If you don't mist up during the "Baby Mine" scene, you may be legally pronounced dead. --Keith Simanton
- DisneyPedia: "My First Circus" game
- DVD storybook: Dumbo's Big Discovery
- Bonus shorts: Elmer Elephant and The Flying Mouse
- Sing along songs: "Look Out for Mr. Stork" and "Casey Junior"
- "Baby Mine" music video performed by Jim Brickman and Kassie DePaiva
- "Celebrating Dumbo" featurette ted by Roy E. Disney and Don Hahn (executive producer of The Lion King)
- Walt Disney's original introduction to its TV premiere
- Dumbo art gallery
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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.
Even though i personally don't want to watch Dumbo again anytime soon I will say that if you haven't already seen it than your missing out. Dumbo is a sweet movie about a little elephant believing in himself and rising above all the haters. It has some really sad moments but for the most part it's a cute classic childrens movie. Even though Disney is a little messed up cause there is definitely a scene where Dumbo gets drunk and randomly starts hallucinating...
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.