Animation / Cartoon / Classic / Children's Movie / Family
Directed by Ben Sharpsteen
Produced by Walt Disney
Narrated by John McLeish
The story begins when a stork arrives with a baby elephant for Mrs. Jumbo, a circus elephant. The baby elephant is quickly ridiculed by the other circus animals when they see his large ears, earning him the nickname “Dumbo”. One day when all of the elephants are put on exhibit, Dumbo’s ears are pulled by a young patron, who also teases him. Mrs. Jumbo defends her child and loses her temper. Because of this, she is deemed mad and locked up.
None of the other elephants present Dumbo with any compassion, but Timothy Q. Mouse offers him his friendship. The young elephant is at first afraid of the mouse, but comes to like him the more he talks about wanting to get Mrs. Jumbo released. Timothy soon makes it his mission to help Dumbo achieve fame and fortune with his large ears, becoming both his protector and mentor. Timothy feels that to do this he needs a stunt to prove himself. So in the middle of the night, while the ringmaster is asleep, he whispers an intricate plan to the other elephants.
Dumbo is supposed to be launched to the top of an elephant pyramid, holding a little flag, but instead he trips over his ears and causes the other elephants and the circus tent to collapse. Dumbo is then demoted to clown . His main role entails that he get knocked into a vat of pie filling. The elephant receives some fame, but is miserable. Timothy cheers him up momentarily by taking him to see his mother.
Later on in the evening, Dumbo begins to cry and develops hiccups. His mouse friend tries to help by taking him to a bucket of water in the clown ’s tent. However, one of the clowns had spilled some champagne into the water. Timothy and Dumbo become intoxicated and start hallucinating about pink elephants.
The morning after, the two friends wake up in a tree, badgered by crows and unaware of how they got there. Suddenly Timothy comes to the conclusion that Dumbo used his big ears to fly them up there. The crows initially mock this idea, but change their outlook when Timothy explains everything the elephant has endured. They give Dumbo a “magic feather” for the confidence to fly again, and Timothy encourages his friend to try. Dumbo does attempt the feat, and discovers he can fly using his ears.Timothy conjures up a plan to give the audience that night a surprise show.
During his performance with the clowns, Dumbo goes through his new performance, jumping off of a high building. Mid fall, he loses his feather. The young elephant goes into a panic, but Timothy convinces him (just in the nick of time) that he can fly without the feather. Dumbo manages to prevent a crash, and flies around the circus, taunting his tormentors. His fame spreads, and he becomes a major sensation. Dumbo’s mother gets released, and they share a private car on the circus train.
Dumbo - Trailer
Directors: Walt Disney