"I'll be done seen about everything, when I see an elephant fly..."Dumbo is a 1941 animated film, the fourth in the Disney Animated Canon. The previous year, Disney released two expensive animated features, Pinocchio and Fantasia, that both bombed at the box office. Production for the equally expensive 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 the cheap (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 the other elephants and circus patrons to laugh at it, giving it the derogatory name 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 Disney Channel in the 1980s at around the same time the similar show based on 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 here) but never got off the ground, hopefully for the better.
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