Dumbo (1941) – Encore Review

“And now, I present to you the world’s smallest little elephant, who will spring from this springboard in one spring to the top of the pyramid, waving his little flag for the grand climax! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… Dumbo!” – Ringmaster

Number of Times Seen – Who knows??? (27 Feb 2014 and 22 Apr 2019)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A young elephant in the circus is looked down upon due to his long ears and is helped by a mouse to find his true potential.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw lots and lots of times as a kid and the new Love action version of the film intrigued me enough to revisit the original film.

Unfortunately, this film is quite strong on message but fails when it comes to the way that the story is presented.

The movie runs slightly over and hour, yet even that feels too long because it has much too many lulls along the way that fail to be interesting.

The story moves at a super slow pace and that also hurts things a lot.

This film has a great message that rings true throughout and they do find a way to show that one should seek out their true potential in life even if they are different from others.

Ironically, this film itself fails to reach its full potential and something feels missing that would have made it an even more compelling story to watch.

Bottom Line – This is a pretty weak Disney film that is strong on message but very weak on story. The film is a tad longer than an hour, but even that feels a bit too long because things move at a super slow pace. The animation is vibrant and very colorful that helps things look beautiful throughout. The message of this film about finding your true potential in life even if you are different rings true throughout even if the story itself isn’t as interesting and feels as if it ironically fails to reach its full potential.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – While trying to comfort Dumbo, Timothy says, “Lots of people with big ears are famous!” According to animation historian John Canemaker on the 2001 DVD release commentary, the line was recognized by audiences of 1941 as a reference to Clark Gable. The line was also featured in the original theatrical trailer. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10) (slight downgrade from original review)


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