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->''"I'll be done seen about everything, when I see an elephant fly..."''

''Dumbo'' is a [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1941]] animated film, the fourth in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon. The previous year, Disney released two expensive animated features, ''{{Disney/Pinocchio}}'' and ''{{Disney/Fantasia}}'', that both bombed at the box office. Production for the equally expensive ''{{Disney/Bambi}}'' was already well underway, and Disney had to quickly find a way to make some money in order to complete the movie. After a short children's book about a flying circus elephant was brought to his attention, Disney made ''Dumbo'' on a pretty cheap budget (it cost less than half as much as ''Pinocchio'' or ''Fantasia''). Fortunately, it paid off and enough money was made to complete ''Bambi''.

The movie opens with circus elephant Mrs. Jumbo receiving a new baby from the stork. A baby with freakishly huge ears. This causes [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer the other elephants]] and circus patrons to laugh at it, giving it the derogatory nickname of Dumbo. This enrages Mama Jumbo who eventually lashes out and attacks a group of children, getting her caged up and separated from Dumbo. Small Mouse Timothy stands up for Dumbo, however, and tries to get Dumbo to become a big star. Unfortunately Dumbo messes up, causing him to become a clown instead, something which he does not enjoy at all. When the two accidentally become drunk, they wake up the next morning in a tree, drawing the conclusion that Dumbo must have flown with his ears. Using this information, the duo now plan to use this skill in order to make Dumbo a star.

A live-action children's show based on the movie, called ''Dumbo's Circus'', aired on the Creator/DisneyChannel in the 1980s at around the same time the similar show based on ''[[WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh]]'' did, where Dumbo could ''speak''.

On a side note, a direct to video sequel was planned (and a preview of it can be seen on the 2001 60th Anniversary DVD, or just [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpac3C3P76Q here]]) but never [[AccidentalPun got off the ground]], [[{{Sequelitis}} hopefully for the better]].

A live-action film has [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/disney/disney-plans-live-action-dumbo-remake-with-transformers-writer-101236.html been announced]], written by ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' writer Ehren Kruger.

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!!This film provides examples of:
* AbsurdAltitude
* AdultFear: When Dumbo and his mother get separated.
* AlphaBitch: The ringleader of the elephant clique that picks on Mrs. Jumbo and her baby.
* AlcoholHic: Dumbo and Timothy become very cute versions of these.
* [[MarijuanaIsLSD Alcohol Is LSD]]: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoysQe-2HS4 Pink Elephants on Parade]]".
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: All the other elephants ostracize Dumbo on the account of his large ears.
* AllThereInTheScript:
** The four Gossiping Elephants are unnamed in the film, but the model sheets label them as "Catty", "Giddy", "Prissy", and "Matriarch".
** The big-eared kid who teased Dumbo was named "Skinny".
** The leader crow's name is "Jim". (Doubling as a StealthPun.)
* AnimalsLackAttributes: Played straight to the point where all of the circus animals even have to rely entirely on Delivery Storks in order for them to have offspring.
* AnimateInanimateObject: Casey Jr., the train. At the end he has eyes too, moreover you can hear him talk during the mountain climbing ("I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...").
** Casey has eyes throughout the movie, but the whites of his eyes are actually a similar grey to his boiler and hard to notice.
** His whistle before he starts off is also sounds-as-speech (and kicks off his song):
--->"''All ABOOOOOARD! Let's go!''"
* AnimalTalk: Played straight for the most part, but Timothy Mouse is able to communicate with a human who is sleeping. And he's seen acting as Dumbo's (apparently official) manager in the end, even signing contracts for him.
* AntiVillain: The Ringmaster is touted as 'main antagonist', but most of his controversial acts like locking Mrs. Jumbo and sending Dumbo to the clowns were all to maintain and protect his circus and every other animals there. He also would try to honor Dumbo's attempts to get his mother free, but Dumbo screwed up the first one, and after he spectacularly succeeded, he kept his word and gave Dumbo and his mother a well-deserved luxury.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: After discovering how to fly, Dumbo landing on the electric strings of the pole would in reality give him a serious electrical shock. This isn't even counting all the problems of an animal as heavy as an elephant flying under its own power - and with its ''ears'', no less!
* BedtimeBrainwashing: Timothy whispers in the ringmaster's ear while he's sleeping to plant the idea of using Dumbo on the elephant pyramid routine.
* BeefBandage: One of the injured elephants is seen wearing one after the disastrous pyramid act.
* BerserkButton: Mrs. Jumbo is mild-mannered, but never, ever, mock her child.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: If you make fun of Dumbo, Mrs. Jumbo will make you regret it.
* BlackBeadEyes: Mrs. Jumbo, but only in a brief, OffModel moment during the "Roustabouts" sequence.
* BigShadowLittleCreature
* BrattyHalfPint: The kids that mock Dumbo, pull on his ears and taunt him repeatedly ''even as he tries to hide under his mother''. Had this been real life, Dumbo's mother probably would have ''killed them'' for even getting ''close'' to Dumbo.
* BrickJoke: The crows sing about seeing everything if they ever saw an elephant fly. When Dumbo ''is'' flying, Jim Crow comments that now he ''has'' seen everything.
** The clowns talk behind the scenes about how the building Dumbo jumps from in the act should be taller. Cut to the final scene and the building ''is'' noticeably taller.
* ButtMonkey: Dumbo, big time.
* BuzzJob: The climax has him showing off his new abilities by flying low over the heads of everyone who harassed and made fun of him.
* CensorshipBySpelling: The elephants use this when [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer describing]] [[ButtMonkey Dumbo]].
-->"Just look at those... look... E-A-R-S..."\\
"It's all the fault of that little F-R-E-A-K."
* ChildrenAreCruel: The monstrous brats who taunt Dumbo.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Dumbo to the extreme, since he's so young. He doesn't even understand when others are laughing at him.
* CleverCrows: The crows here are friendly, comedic characters who are at first derisive but then help Dumbo discover his ability to fly (the MagicFeather was their idea).
* CoolTrain: Casey Jr.
* CuteMute: Dumbo never says a word in the entire film; he just looks mournful or happy when appropriate. Which is fitting, seeing as how he's, well, a baby.
* DarkReprise: The Casey Jr. song after the Pyramid of Pachyderms disaster.
* DeliveryStork: Dumbo is delivered this way.
* DerangedAnimation: "Pink Elephants On Parade".
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Timothy really didn't think through his plan to make Dumbo a star via the Pyramid act.
* DisappearedDad: Dumbo is originally named after him, and his mother sounds wistful when she reveals this, but that's the extent we know of him.
* DisasterDominoes: Dumbo does this to a gigantic tower of adult elephants which ends up ''collapsing the circus tent''!
* DisneyAcidSequence: "Pink Elephants On Parade", marking it an early example of the ''Disney'' Acid Sequence.
* DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff: Dumbo's mother administers a sound spanking to the backside of a boy who picks on Dumbo.
* DrunkenSong: "We're Gonna Hit the Big Boss For a Raise".
* EarlyBirdCameo: Casey Jr. (or a prototype of him) makes an appearance in the previously released Disney film ''Disney/TheReluctantDragon''.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: After all the abuse Dumbo went through, having him become a worldwide sensation after buzzing his tormentors under the big top was so sweet.
* EarsAsHair: Before he tries to participate in the pachyderm pyramid trick, Dumbo's ears are tied above his head so he won't stumble on them. Guess what happens while he's running out to the spring board.
* EarWings
* EekAMouse: Timothy takes full advantage of this.
* {{Expy}}: Timothy is very similar to [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Jiminy Cricket]], but far less iconic.
* [[FatBastard Fat Bitch]]: While elephants are naturally large animals, the matriarch is noticeably fatter than the other elephants.
* {{Flanderization}}: The ringmaster in the movie wasn't necessarily an outright villain, just yet another human jerkass. But he's upgraded to being the main antagonist for Dumbo in ''VideoGame/DisneysVillainsRevenge''.
* FloatingInABubble: Happens to Timothy during the drinking scene.
* GossipyHens: Those other elephants.
* GRatedSex: Delivery by the Stork, a persevering chap.
* HaveAGayOldTime: "And now comes the climax!!!" The Ringmaster says this while undressing, too. "Climax" is still used to refer to the most exciting part of an entertainment today, though.
** After that, the man the ringmaster's speaking with asks what the climax is. The ringmaster shrugs and says, "I don't know."
** Timothy first suggesting Dumbo to him with the words, "You are now getting that climax." In a rather creepy voice as well.
* HateSink: This movie is called NoAntagonist for a reason, as even the elephant bullies occasionally has a point in being angry at Dumbo (especially when he screwed up their climax and wounds them greatly). But ''good luck'' finding fans of that one kid that bullied Dumbo and incited the wrath of Mrs. Jumbo, triggering a chain of events of Dumbo's misery. Most people use him as a prime example of the show's KidsAreCruel and HumansAreTheRealMonsters.
* AHeadAtEachEnd: Appears as a pink-elephant hallucination from the film's DisneyAcidSequence.
* HelpImStuck: Matriarch Elephant as she enters the train wagon.
* HonorableElephant: Dumbo is playful but never malicious. The Matriarch clearly considers herself a straight example ("We elephants have always walked with dignity"), but is actually quite shallow and cruel toward Dumbo. Only Mrs. Jumbo plays it completely straight.
* HumanLadder
* HumansAreBastards:
** Damn clowns.
** The kids that make fun of Dumbo surely fall under this.
** The Ringmaster for putting Dumbo and other elephants in such dangerous acts.
* HurricaneOfPuns: "When I See an Elephant Fly".
* HypocriticalHumor: A big-eared kid picks on Dumbo for having big ears.
** The other elephants pride themselves on being an honourable and dignified species while considering Dumbo a disgrace, but spend their entire day gossiping and are quickly sent into hysterical panic at the sight of a mouse.
* IAmWhatIAm: Nicely put by Timothy, "The very things that kept you down are gonna carry you up and up and up!"
* InnocentBlueEyes: Dumbo has big baby-blue eyes.
* {{Irony}}: When you think about it, Dumbo could've made the Pyramid of Pachyderms act a success if he had discovered his gift of flying beforehand.
* {{Jerkass}}es: The other circus elephants, the clowns, the ringmaster, the boys that make fun of Dumbo. Nearly every character besides Dumbo, Mrs. Jumbo, and Timothy is one.
** AssholeVictim: One of the kids making fun of Dumbo gets grabbed and ''spanked'' by Mrs. Jumbo (though he is not killed).
** [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerks With Hearts of Gold]]: The crows. Their song was more mocking of Timothy's ''notion'' of a flying elephant (and it's easy to see how one could be mistaken). They were making fun of him a lot more than Dumbo. Also, they're willing to apologize when Timothy tells them off, and help Dumbo learn how to fly.
* LargeHam: Timothy at times. The Ringmaster too.
* LiteralMetaphor: The pink elephant parade, given that "pink elephant" was a decades-old expression for a drunken hallucination.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: At the very end of the film, one of the SpinningPaper newspapers announces that (the now famous) Dumbo's manager (Timothy Mouse) has struck a Hollywood deal.
* MagicFeather: {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* MagicalNegro: The crows.
* MamaBear: Really, those kids deserved what was coming to them.
* MeaningfulName: In a bit of FridgeBrilliance, the mute main character is nicknamed Dumbo. Dumb used to mean "unable to speak."
* [[TheMountainsOfIllinois The Mountains of Florida]]: The movie depicts Florida as having mountains. In RealLife, Florida is one of the US states that doesn't have mountains.
* MushroomSamba: "Pink Elephants On Parade".
* MysteriousMiddleInitial: We never learn what the Q in Timothy's name stands for.
* NearlyNormalAnimal: The circus animals know the routine of setting up and performing a show. The elephants even work as a team to help pitch the main tent without any obvious handling or guidance.
* NiceMice: Timothy.
* NoAntagonist: A rare instance of a Disney movie that has no villain. Instead, it's about an elephant who's trying to [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer find acceptance within his own circus]].
* OffModel: The "Pyramid of Pachyderms" sequence can't seem to make up its mind how many elephants were in the room to begin with.
** Ms. Jumbo has a moment of this during the "Roustabouts" sequence, when her eyes inexplicably became BlackBeadEyes.
* OhCrap:
** Timothy, when the booze REALLY starts to kick in and the infamous pink elephants make their appearance.
--> '''Timothy:''' Dumbo...do you see what '''I''' see?!?
** During the pyramid routine:
*** Giddy, just before Dumbo trips over his ears.
*** Dumbo, the ringmaster and Timothy, while the matriarch loses control of her footing on the ball.
*** The matriarch just before she crashes into Dumbo.
* OnlyInFlorida: ...would a flying elephant be born.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Dumbo. His name is actually Jumbo Jr.
* OstrichHeadHiding: During the ''Baby Be Mine'' segment the camera shows a shot of the circus animals taking a rest at night, including a mother ostrich and her two baby birds, sticking their heads underneath the sand.
* PapaWolf: While he may not be a dad, and he may not be a wolf ([[CaptainObvious since he's a mouse]]), Timothy sticks up for Dumbo by scaring the elephants tormenting him and yelling at the crows for constantly laughing at him...thus making the latter [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold nicer]].
* PinkElephants: Featured in the most famous part of the film. And no, this film is not the {{Trope Namer|s}}--the phrase existed long before this film was conceived.
* ProtagonistTitle
* ProtestSong: Again, "We're Gonna Hit the Big Boss For a Raise".
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Timothy gives one to the crows when they pick on Dumbo. They [[HeelFaceTurn realize the error of their ways]] and proceed to be encouraging and supportive of him for the rest of the movie.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Mrs. Jumbo's eyes turn red when defending Dumbo.
* {{Revenge}}: When the elephants blame all the trouble in the circus on Dumbo (even having the nerve to say that it was his fault his mother was in a separate cage), Timothy the mouse, although he just met Dumbo, decides to scare them to help him out.
** When Dumbo reveals that he can fly, he ends up taking his own revenge by humiliating the clowns, the other elephants, and ringmaster.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Dumbo.
* SeparatedByTheWall
* ShadowDiscretionShot
* TheShortGuyWithGlasses: The short fat crow fits this trope.
* ShoutOut: Casey Jr. says "I think I can" going up a hill, from ''The Little Engine that Could''.
** Dumbo is not the only famous story about [[RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer a baby animal who is originally ridiculed by everyone for his deformity, but is then accepted and loved once it turns out to have a good use.]]
* SneezeOfDoom: How Dumbo's ears were revealed to be large.
* SolidClouds: The DeliveryStork carrying Dumbo sits on a cloud to rest and get his bearings. The bundle with Dumbo inside is a little too heavy, though, and the stork has to keep stopping it from falling through.
* TheSpeechless: Dumbo.
* TakeThat: The drunken clowns planning to hit up the boss for a raise is a dig aimed at the animators who [[TVStrikes went on strike]] -- and succeeded in making Disney a union shop. The Disney character encyclopedia writer, John Grant, noted that the analogy doesn't make sense when you realize that the apparent leader of the circus in the film, The Ringmaster, is not depicted as being anything like Disney.
* TotemPoleTrench: After the clowns perform their first performance with Dumbo when he was demoted to a clown, we see silhouettes of the clowns backstage getting out of their costumes. One of the clowns turns out to be two short people stacked on top of each other.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: All the advertisement for this movie gave away the fact that Dumbo could fly. See the poster image.
* TriumphantReprise: "When I See an Elephant Fly" gets two reprises, both of which celebrate Dumbo's flight.
* TrrrillingRrrs: The Rrringmaster.
* TVStrikes: See TakeThat.
* UnfortunateNames: Dumbo Jumbo.
* TheUnintelligible: Both Dumbo and Mrs. Jumbo only communicate via typical elephant sounds.
** Also in the movie itself, Dumbo has no spoken dialogue at all, and Mrs. Jumbo only speaks once - when she says Dumbo's original name.
* TheVillainSucksSong: Disney seems to consider "Pink Elephants On Parade" one, having included it on the ''Simply Sinister Songs'' CD.
* VisualPun: A "pink elephant" was, at the time of this film, a decades-old expression for a drunken hallucination. During Timothy and Dumbo's hallucination sequence, they see a parade of ''literal'' pink elephants.
* WhatSongWasThisAgain: The Spanish version of "Pink Elephants On Parade" isn't much like the original. In fact, the lyrics are twisted beyond recognition, referring to the pink elephants as "Satan's relatives" and "souls of Purgatory", as well as outright stating how alcohol is bad and [[PinkElephants why you should never drink it]].
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