->''"I should be on a top secret mission with crack commandos, but instead I'm in an episode of ''Series/McHalesNavy'' starring Disney/{{Dumbo}}, [[Series/FamilyAffair Mr. French]], and Film/TheThreeStooges!"''
-->--'''Captain T.C. Doyle'''

''Operation Dumbo Drop'' is a 1995 Creator/{{Disney}} live-action film set during the Vietnam war. In it, Capt. T.C. Doyle (Ray Liotta), a hard-nosed Green Beret, is assigned to a local village to keep watch on the Ho Chi Minh trail. There he meets up with with Capt. Sam Cahill (Creator/DannyGlover). While the two are out scouting the trail, the Vietcong raid the village, discovering a chocolate bar wrapper, meaning the villagers were harboring American troops. As punishment, they shoot their prized elephant.

Feeling responsible for their loss, Cahill promises to get them a new one, a move that Doyle vehemently opposes. Despite his protests the operation is approved and Doyle is placed in charge. They set about gathering their team, comprising of two soldiers, a requisitions officer, an elephant and the boy who handles the elephant, Linh.

Along the way, the V.C.s are tipped off about what they are doing and, in an effort to keep them from keeping their word, set out to stop them. This begins a chase through the [[SceneryPorn deep, green jungles of South Vietnam]], which ends when they find the only way they can get the elephant to the village -- is up.


!!This film contains examples of:

* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy and his Elephant]]: Linh and Bo Tat.
* AmericanPoliticalSystem: V.C.'s wondering why American troops are transporting an elephant:
--> "I've got it! The elephant is a symbol of the American Republican party!"
--> "So?"
--> "Nixon is a Republican!"
--> "Don't be stupid."
* AssShove: The pills to tranquilize the elephant aren't taken orally.
* BadButt: Pretty much everybody. The setting of the Vietnam War combined with the fact that this was a Disney movie lead to a lot of fights in which the soldiers shoot their guns into the air to distract the Vietcong, then incapacitate them with judo throws.
* BigDamnHeroes: H.A. saving the team from the Vietcong at the end.
* {{Blackmail}}: How Cahill gets Poole to come along. See below.
* BlackGuyDiesFirst: H.A. is scared shitless he's gonna die, especially as he's a "short-timer" (see {{Retirony}} below) and so very close to making it out of the war alive. [[spoiler:He survives the whole movie.]]
* BrickJoke: Courtesy of the aforementioned tranq pills:
--> '''Doyle:''' "Poole! Any more of that water buffalo tranquilizer?"\\
'''Poole:''' "You really enjoyed that, didn't you, Doyle?"\\
'''Doyle:''' (''HeadDesk'')\\
'''Poole:''' "Linh was right. You ''are'' weird."
* ByTheBookCop: Doyle is a by-the-book Green Beret. He and Cahill get into a brief fight over JustFollowingOrders.
* ChekhovsGunman: Lt. Quang
* CoversAlwaysLie: The poster depicts an African elephant in camouflage depicted as going to war. The movie is about the delivery of an Asian elephant.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Deconstructed with Linh. At first, being an orphan seems like the simple reason he gets to go on all sorts of exciting adventures with the team. Then it's revealed he had to watch his father get shot in front of his eyes.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: The objective is to get the elephant to the village. How they do that...
* DoubleAgent: Goddard, a Frenchman who keeps portraits of Lyndon B Johnson and Ho Chi Minh in a double-sided pictureframe.
-->'''Goddard:''' What can I say? I love everybody.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: On the river, H.A. nearly drops a marking shell on the boat he's riding in. The V.C. laugh...until they realize that their boat is moving right into the spot H.A. just marked.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Cahill.
** TheLancer: Doyle, even though he's technically leading the operation.
** TheSmartGuy: Poole, the wheeling-and-dealing Requisitions Officer.
** TheBigGuy: Oddly enough, H.A., who works in artillery and saves the group's collective butts twice.
** TheChick: Farley
** TheHeart: [[TagalongKid Linh]] and [[TeamPet Bo Tat]] are equally this.
* TheGeneralsDaughter: Actually, Poole just thought she was his daughter. [[spoiler:Turned out to be his wife.]]
* ImmuneToBullets: Averted with the village's first elephant, but played straight in Bo Tat's backstory. She still carries scars from the bullets.
* ItsRainingMen: Five soldiers, one kid, [[AndZoidberg and an elephant.]]
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Attempted, but failed.
-->'''Linh''': They hit Linh this many times. ''(holds up ten fingers)''
* MilitaryAlphabet: NATO.
-->'''H.A.''' (over radio): "Yeah, this is Hotel Alpha, who is this?"
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: after hearing that their mission has been cancelled, Cahill decides to steal a vehicle and deliver Linh and Bo Tat anyway. Doyle stops him... to suggest they take a plane instead. Poole's down with it, as are Farley and H.A. A LockAndLoadMontage ensues.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Mention is made of General "Kill 'em all and let God sort it out" Richardson.
* {{Omniglot}}: Cahill can speak French and several Vietnamese native tongues.
* OperationBlank
* ParachuteInATree: H.A. after everyone else lands safely. Helps set up his BigDamnHeroes moment.
* PetTheDog: The bad guys get Bo Tat in their gunsights... [[EvenEvilHasStandards and do not fire]]. The call not to fire was made by [[ChekhovsGunman Lt. Quang]], who was ordered to shoot the first elephant [[TheAtoner but never wanted to]].
-->'''Lt. Quang:''' I did not join this army to shoot elephants, especially ones that fly.
* {{Retirony}}: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] with H.A. who's a [[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/short-timer short-timer]] about to go home, and [[GenreSavvy certain he's going to bite the big one right before he does]], but ultimately averted. Cahill is also on his last tour.
* RedOniBlueOni: A straight example found in the hot-headed Doyle and the much-calmer Cahill.
* RuleOfFunny
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The reason they wind up dropping the elephant out of a plane.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After the flatbed truck breaks down, Poole, fed up, tries to walk out on the rest of them.
* [[KickTheDog Shoot the Elephant]]:
** Col. Nyugen who forced his lieutenant to shoot the village's first elephant.
** The jerk pilot of the C-123 Provider, who wanted to shoot Bo Tat when she woke up and started moving around while they were in flight, though her weight moving around was throwing off the balance of the plane, nearly making them crash.
* {{Squick}}: InUniverse--Linh's reaction to Doyle performing the aforementioned AssShove: "You weird."
* TheVietnamWar
* ToiletHumor: The movie kind of ran on it...
* VomitDiscretionShot: Twice, first after Doyle gets off of a hair-raising Helicopter ride, and then when Bo Tat gets seasick during the river chase.
** Actually, the second one is averted slightly. We see Bo Tat open her mouth, then a cutaway, then a massive wave of vomit, then another cutaway to Denis Leary wincing, then we see the vomit hit the deck.
* WarIsHell
-->Where's his (Linh) parents?
-->In the war?
-->No. Killed by falling star. Yes, in war.
-->Which side?
-->It matter?
* WeHelpTheHelpless: Linh and Bo Tat go to help some villagers pull a massive stump out of the ground. In return they get use of their 16-foot flatbed truck.