* AdaptationDisplacement: The movie is based on a really rare out-of-print picture book.
* BaseBreaker: The crows. People are either uncomfortable with the UnfortunateImplications their dated characterizations carry (''FamilyGuy'' and ''TheClevelandShow'' have both made jokes about how racist the crows are to today's modern sensibilities), or find their [[EarWorm song]], clever wordplay, and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold inner niceness]] enjoyable.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The infamous "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJv2Mugm2RI Pink Elephants On Parade]]". Acknowledged as confusing or outright NightmareFuel to younger or more vulnerable viewers, especially those not understanding Dumbo and Timothy are supposed to be drunk.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The Crows.
* EarWorm: "Pink Elephants on Parade."
** Also, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-gfu2LmDso When I See an Elephant Fly]]."
** For every RailEnthusiast and {{Trainspotter}} out there, you have "Casey Junior."
** "Baby Mine" isn't necessarily catchy, but it's certainly memorable.
** "The Song of the Roustabouts."
* EthnicScrappy: The crows, whom the protagonist meets after his infamous BigLippedAlligatorMoment nightmare. Though [[SpaceJews stereotypically "black"]] and led by a [[UnfortunateImplications crow named Jim]], [[FairForItsDay they're glad to take a fellow outcast]] [[{{Pun}} under their wing]] [[FairForItsDay and help him to get back at his oppressors]].
** With the exception of Cliff Edwards, the voice actors were also black singers, the Hall Johnson Choir. All of them did a fantastic job on their song.
* FairForItsDay: See UnfortunateImplications, then consider that the crows are among the limited number of characters who are half-decent to Dumbo, and prove to easily be the most clever creatures in the movie.
* HilariousInHindsight: One of the crows declaring, [[{{Film.Up}} "I've seen a house fly!"]]
** Florida Shown in the Film is the Future Spot where Disney world Will be.
* IAmNotShazam: Zigzagged; Dumbo's ''actual'' name is Jumbo Jr., while Dumbo was meant to be a cruel nickname. However, it's clear the name stuck, since he is ''always'' referred to by Dumbo by just about everyone, in the film or in real life.
* ItWasHisSled: Dumbo can fly.
* NightmareFuel: Pink Elephants on Parade.
* OneSceneWonder: Jumbo's mother only says one line "Jumbo...Junior" while giving a name to her son.
* UnfortunateImplications:
** The ''black'' crows, particularly the group's unfortunately nicknamed leader ''Jim''. Generally given a pass despite the stereotype, for actually becoming helpful friends to Dumbo.
** "The Song of the Roustabouts" is worse--it is sung by recognizably black circus workers as they pitch the tent and includes lines such as "We work all day, we work all night/We never learned to read or write," "We don't know when we get our pay/And when we do, we throw our pay away," and "Grab that rope, you hairy ape." To be fair, "roustabout" refers to any laborer performing temporary, unskilled work. The lyrics could instead be interpreted as the plight of any poor person in a labor intensive job, instead of being a blatant case of racism. It's just that the circus Dumbo was traveling through the Southeast during the story, [[FridgeLogic and the labor pool in the area would be mostly African American.]]
* TheWoobie: Let's see... he's openly mocked and given a rather insulting nickname from mean lady elephants, gets the same treatment from some bratty kids, his mother gets sent '''to jail''' for justifiably attacking said kids (not to mention how much worse the attack from a fully grown elephant could (and should!) have been), he gets relegated to clown duty after getting stage fright on his first big act (which the other elephants denounce him for), and becomes accidentally drunk. He only has one friend to help him get through this, and said friend can't make everything better. When does all this happen? Over the expanse of probably about a week, starting from ''the day he's born.'' Dumbo just may be Disney's woobiest woobie '''ever''', and you know that's saying something.
** And his mother, whose sufferings we don't get to see, is kept in solitary confinement, unable to defend or even comfort her son through all these degradations, with the heavy implication that she's going to be destroyed at the end of the tour.
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