Dumbo movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The songs aren’t frequent, but are definitely enjoyable for kids and Disney fans, and the cartoon animation is great. With a 1 hour runtime, Dumbo is entertaining, sweet, but includes some negative stereotypes.


Dumbo, a young circus elephant with enormous ears, is constantly ridiculed. A small mouse keeps him company and motivates him so that he can achieve his full potential after discovering he can fly.

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Movie details

Director: Ben Sharpsteen, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Bill Roberts, Jack Kinney, Samuel Armstrong
Cast: Edward Brophy, Verna Felton, Cliff Edwards, Herman Bing, Sterling Holloway, Margaret Wright, Hall Johnson Choir
Writer: Otto Englander, Joe Grant, Dick Huemer
Release Date (Australia): 14 April 1942
Runtime: 64 minutes/1h 4m
Genre: Animation, Musical, Family
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (G)

The film features very mild themes of bullying, peril and slavery. There is also a lengthy scene in which two characters accidentally get drunk and hallucinate.

Violence (G)

There is a slapstick animated depiction of an elephant spanking a child with its trunk.

mpaa rating

G (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This single hour of old Disney cartoon animation is simple, superb and totally tear-jerking. Inspired off Helen Aberson’s tale about the elephant who learned to fly, Walt Disney Productions portrays the story perfectly and successfully delivers the feeling of loneliness.

1941’s Dumbo is the animated movie concerning with a baby elephant with large ears and the circus. The film does surround some outdated racial stereotypes, including ones likely to dodge young children’s minds and not mean any offence, but it’s an entertaining story with great songs.

This movie is also absolutely going to bring tears from your eyes. The circus is the theme enclosing the story, but Dumbo the elephant’s mother is taken away from him and locked up, causing a sense of loneliness and aggravating heart-squeezing moments. Thankfully for families, it all ends in the happy Disney ending.

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