->''"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 (Creator/RayLiotta), 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:

* AbandonShip: Everyone has to bail out of the plane when it suffers engine damage.
** The V.C. have to do this rapidly when H.A. orders a artillery strike on their boat after properly calculating the time the shell would land upon it from a previously fired marking round (see [[ExactlyWhatIAimedAt Exactly What I Aimed At]] below).
* ArcWords:
--> '''Linh:''' Everything number one, A-OK.
* AssShove: The pills to tranquilize the elephant aren't taken orally.
* ATeamMontage: TheSquad prepping for the final leg of the mission.
* BadButt: 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}}: Cahill gets Poole to come along by threatening to tell a GeneralRipper type that Poole had sex with his wife.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: 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.]]
* ABoyAndHisX: Linh and Bo Tat are A Boy and his Elephant.
* 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's reluctance at the start of the film is crucial near the end.
* ChekhovsLecture: Linh teaches Farley the basic commands for Bo Tat. He ends up using them--or, at least, he tries to, with less-than-ideal results.
* 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. How else do you think he became an orphan in Vietnam during the war?
* CuddleBug:
--> '''Linh:''' Linh like hug. Hug good.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: The objective is to get the elephant to the village. The logistics of actually doing that prove...tricky.
* 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.
--> "[[OhCrap Get off the boat!]]"
* FakeInTheHole: Sorta. Doyle gets H.A. out of his tent by tossing in a real grenade, albeit without arming it.
--> '''H.A.:''' GRENADE! Oh, that's really funny! ''(rushes out of his tent)'' Who's the hilarious [[CurseCutShort son of a--]] ''(sees Doyle, salutes)'' My mistake.
* TheGeneralsDaughter: Actually, Poole just thought she was his daughter. [[spoiler:Turned out to be his wife.]]
* GilliganCut:
--> '''Linh:''' You want good luck, you touch Bo Tat.\\
'''H.A.:''' Yeah, right.\\
''(cut to H.A. walking with his hand on Bo Tat)''
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: The Vietcong soldiers, although their problem isn't the uniform.
--> '''Cahill:''' They try to blend in, but they all got the same damn haircut.
* HonorBeforeReason: Upon learning that the mission's been scrubbed, TheSquad decide that they need to finish what they started even if it is against orders and dangerous.
* ImmuneToBullets: Averted with the village's first elephant, but played straight in Bo Tat's backstory. She still carries scars from the bullets.
* InstantSedation: It actually takes a minute or two for the tranq pills to take effect, but they do worry about Bo Tat conking out before she gets on the plane, in which case they're screwed.
* ItsRainingMen: Five soldiers, one kid, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and an elephant]].
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Attempted, but failed.
-->'''Linh''': [[WouldHurtAChild They hit Linh]] this many times. ''(holds up ten fingers)''
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Poole. He really does care about others, but he doesn't want anybody knowing.
* KickTheDog:
** Col. Nyugen 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, [[JerkassHasAPoint though her weight moving around was throwing off the balance of the plane, nearly making them crash]].
* MilitaryAlphabet: NATO.
-->'''H.A.''' (over radio): "Yeah, this is Hotel Alpha, who is this?"
* AMinorKidroduction: We first see Linh as a noticeably younger kid than he is in the rest of the movie.
* 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: "Dumpo drop" in this case because they're dropping a "flying" elephant.
* ParachuteInATree: After everyone else lands safely in the village, H.A. is stuck in a tree outside it. [[spoiler: This 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:''' [[NotWhatISignedOnFor I did not join this army to shoot elephants]], especially ones that fly.
* {{Retirony}}: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d 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.
* RockPaperScissors: Cahill and Doyle use a variation to decide things like who's in charge of the op, or who gets to shove tranq pills up Bo Tat's ass.
* RuleOfFunny: A lot of stuff in this movie only works because the movie is a comedy.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The reason they wind up dropping the elephant out of a plane is because it is the right thing despite their superiors telling them not to bother
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After the flatbed truck breaks down, Poole, fed up, tries to walk out on the rest of them.
* ASimplePlan: The main plan: roll to the town with Bo Tat. Then vehicles start malfunctioning. And the elephant is scared. Then the Viet-Cong patrols start escalating. Then the mission gets shut down because of bean-counters. And in between... let's just say that nothing that these guys do ever goes according to plan despite how simple it sounded on paper.
* {{Squick}}: InUniverse--Linh's reaction to Doyle performing the aforementioned AssShove: "You weird."
* TemptingFate: After Farley accidentally crushes the second tranq pill, Poole figures the first one will still last another hour--and then Bo Tat's trunk starts moving.
--> '''Poole:''' I, ah...I was using the metric system.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Linh talks this way a lot, as his command of English is sketchy.
* ToiletHumor:
** Exhibit A are the tranq pills that have to be shoved up Bo Tat's rear end.
** Exhibit B: the giant turds that Bo Tat leaves in the flatbed truck. Naturally, people fall in them.
* VomitDiscretionShot: Twice, first after Doyle gets off of a hair-raising Helicopter ride, and then when Bo Tat gets seasick during the river chase. The second one is downplayed. We see Bo Tat open her mouth, then a cutaway, then a massive wave of vomit, then another cutaway to Poole 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.
* WorthyOpponent: Nguyen congratulates our heroes for getting Bo Tat to Dak Neh, even though he doesn't plan to spare their lives.