Dumbo (1941)

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Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.

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Directors:

Samuel Armstrong , Norman Ferguson , Wilfred Jackson , Jack Kinney , Bill Roberts , Ben Sharpsteen , John Elliotte

Writers:

Joe Grant (screen story), Dick Huemer (screen story), Otto Englander (story direction), Bill Peet (story development), Aurelius Battaglia (story development), Joe Rinaldi (story development), Vernon Stallings (story development), Webb Smith (story development)

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26 July 1999 | Spleen
10
| Short, sweet, and a few pink elephants
Disney had spent vastly more money than he'd planned on "Pinnochio" and "Fantasia", and got little of it back. "Dumbo", next off the rank, was made cheaply, quickly, without fuss. The result is simple but handsome. However handsome "Dumbo" looks, the animation is not very detailed, character design is hardly adventurous, the colours are few but bright, and in an hour it's over. It needn't be more than this, though: the story is far from complicated. It is, I'll admit, a story that has made me cry more than once; and in this instance I don't feel that I've been cheated into crying, because there really is something poignant and heartbreaking about this ugly duckling variant.

Like Hans Andersen, Disney has to pad the outfit a bit to make it fill the space available; yet, with the exception of the introductory bit with the storks, it doesn't feel like padding. In fact the most gratuitous piece of padding is the most necessary. I refer to the pink elephants sequence: a masterpiece of extended unreality (caused by such a tiny quantity of champagne!) which dazzles and sizzles and all but soars out of the screen. It's the sting in Dumbo's tail, and nothing produced since can match its verve.

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