happy 76th anniversary to dumbo
Dumbo is a favourite flim among Pixar’s brain trust as it features all the hallmarks that would characterize the studio’s own flims it has great characters and a story full of warmth and a lot of heart. This movie turns 76 years old today as it has not only inspired countless pixar flims over the years. Dumbo was the flim was the little flim that did big things much like dumbo the movie’s hero as the studios past efforts of Pinocchio and Fantasia were flops upon their release as this movie was made a b-picture on cheaper budget it became a huge hit as their frist hit animated movie snice snow white. Its a simple story of the ugly duckling retold in a new way.
Dumbo is an elephant with freakishly large ears discovers that the thing that makes him different is also the thing that makes him truly special as he can fly via them and use of a feather he holds on him. It is revealed in ending the feather is a gag as he can fly without it as his ears gave him power to fly. Dumbo is one of the studio’s greatest character creations he never utters a word or speaks in any form but you can’t help but fall in love this little guy. His relationship with his mother is beautifully captured from their playful moments during bath-time to their heartbreaking and fleeting reunion it’s all so moving and heartfelt as it does somewhat really feel so emotionally moving. In a matter of minutes you understand their love for each other their unwavering love for each other. You are fully invested in Dumbo’s own personal journey. His odd couple relationship with Timothy Mouse is equally moving whilst every cameo and he is unforgettable.
Dumbo is the shortest feature films Disney produced it arguably possesses more memorable moments than any of their other movies form this period of disney movie. from the stork delivering newborn babies which we see baby mine song playing as you feel for dumbo and its mother as both suffer so much on screen to dumbo flying in wonder on screen we see so many moments in one movie. Dumbo has some of best songs of the period compared to the cloyingly sweet music of the other Disney films made in the 1940s the songs all possess an infectious and poppy lightness such as When I See an Elephant Fly, Elephants on Parade and Song of the Roustabouts are all numbers that will be bouncing around your head for days afterwards.
Dumbo’s animation is less technically polished than the films it succeeded as it has a lightness and freedom looking more cartoony. This film is bold and bright with simple but striking watercolor backgrounds and a strong cartoon aesthetic that really draws you into its world. Dumbo has so much emotion, warmth and nuance are conveyed in the tiniest little details, particularly Dumbo as its charm can melt any heart. The animation is playful and experimental form it’s from the map view of the United States to the pink elephants there is always something always something exciting or touching in every frame of this flim to stand out for you to watch on the screen. It is films like Dumbo that made me fall in love with animation in the first place as this classic is a classic animated gem you will adore to see anytime.
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