Heartwarming: Dumbo

Movie

  • Just any scene with Dumbo and his mother.
  • Dumbo's bath.
  • Timothy's friendship with Dumbo. He becomes a sort of substitute parent, who looks after the little guy when he sees he needs a friend.
    • How Dumbo always holds Timothy's tail, the same way a child would hold the hand of his/her caretaker. (And which young elephants will often do in real life, usually with their mothers.)
  • For all its heartbreaking factor, the sheer amount of love in "Baby Mine" is one of the purest and most beautiful moments in Disney history.
    • Very, very much crosses over with Tear Jerker.
    • The sequence was storyboarded by Bill Peet, who writes that he drew inspiration from having just had his own first child at the time. Awwww.
  • Dumbo finally discovering that his handicap-his large ears-give him the unique ability to fly. And the final scene where he loses his supposedly "magic feather" but still flies due to sheer will power, amazing everyone in the process and then punishing everybody who was ever mean to him: the circus ringmaster, the clowns, the other elephants...
  • The end where they wave goodbye with their trunks.
    • Dear god, the entire ending. Dumbo flies down into his mother's arms, covers her face with kisses, and throws his ears around her in a hug. Meanwhile, one of the crows is calling out, "Happy landings, son!"
  • The skating scene in the "Pink elephants" sequence, as well as the big party. It was quite sweet until the part where everyone turned into vehicles.
  • Outside the movie, this editorial cartoon done in response to Ringling Brothers announcing their retirement of elephant acts by 2018.