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March 20, 2019
Dumbo is a lovable circus elephant with a story surrounded by themes of friendship, tolerance and family. Although he is insecure about the size of his abnormally large ears, he eventually learns to embrace his differences and be confident in who he is.
In the spirit of the live action Dumbo film hitting theatres at the end of this month, we thought you might want to study up on the original film beforehand.
Here are 10 facts on Disney’s 1941 movie, Dumbo:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Fantasia were the three films that came before it.
Well, 5 of them, anyway. Les Clark, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman and Ward Kimball all worked on the film in some way or another.
When he visited Disneyland during his presidency in 1957, he refused to ride the Dumbo ride-- and it wasn’t because he had a fear of heights. He declined to ride it because he didn’t want to be seen representing the symbol of the Republican party.
This story in particular was based off of Helen Aberson’s book with the same title, and was released in 1939-- 2 years prior to the release of the Disney film.
These parks include: Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disney.
“Lots of people with big ears are famous,” was a reference to Clark Gable who was also known as “The King of Hollywood" at the peak of his stardom. As you could guess, he had particularly large ears.
Our favorite baby elephant was named “Mammal of the Year” as a spinoff of TIME Magazine’s usual “Person of the Year.” Dumbo was supposed to make it onto the cover, but when Pearl Harbor happened, the magazine decided to switch it to an inside feature.
As Walt Disney’s favorite movie, there was talk of creating a sequel to the beloved film. It was set to pick up right where the first one left off. But now, Dumbo and his circus friends have to navigate their way through the city after being accidentally left there by the circus train.
Two of the silhouettes were created to resemble Art Babitt and Jack Kinney who both worked as animators on the film.
Wall-E gave Dumbo a run for his money, but Dumbo still holds this silent title.
Dumbo is a Disney classic that we continue to watch time and time again, for generations to come.
While Dumbo may be almost 80 years old, we’ll still always remember him as the little elephant who learned to believe in himself.
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It’s no surprise that Disney films are packed with life lessons.
From Peter Pan to Mary Poppins-- these films have exerted knowledge that likely helped build a foundation for our moral compass as children. They may be fictitious characters, but they sure do spout out some wise words.
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