Dumbo (1941)

This film was a big part of my childhood in the 1970’s and 80’s. Probaby because it enjoyed a bit of a renaissance in those decades. Though it was made much earlier.

I had a copy of it when it was released on betamax (Remember betamax!), it was the only video I had and so I watched it again and again. In fact it was the first cartoon released on VHS and on Betamax - so no wonder I had it!

While the film was released and re-released, remastered etc etc throughout the 80’s and 90’s, it was actually made in 1941, and had it’s 50th anniversary in 1991!

Dumbo was the fourth feature film released by Walt Disney. If you don’t know, Dumbo is the main character (well, Jumbo Jr), an anthropomorphic elephant who is cruelly nicknamed "Dumbo". But then he discovers that he can fly with his big ears! In the film, his only true friend, rather unusually for an elephant, is the mouse, Timothy.

Dumbo fact: Dumbo was the most financially successful Disney film of the 1940s, 50's and 60's. Oh, and Dumbo won the 1941 Academy Award for best animated picture!

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Do You Remember Dumbo?

Do You Remember Dumbo?