YMMV / Dumbo

  • Adaptation Displacement: Though it's not entirely Disney's fault. The movie was based on an extremely obscure and unnoticed children's book that was only in print very briefly, which Walt just happened to stumble upon at a bookstore and cost him only a couple bucks. In fact, if Disney hadn't made an adaptation of it, chances are Dumbo probably would have been almost completely unheard of today.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The infamous "Pink Elephants On Parade". Acknowledged as confusing or outright Nightmare Fuel to younger or more vulnerable viewers, especially those not understanding Dumbo and Timothy are supposed to be drunk.
  • Base Breaker: The Crows. Many modern viewers feel that they are a racist, stereotypical portrayal of African Americans (the fact that the leader is named Jim Crow does not help). Others point out that they are the only characters aside from Timothy who are sympathetic to Dumbo and help him and are portrayed as being very clever, a trait not shown in stereotypical African American characters.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Crows.
  • Ear Worm: "Pink Elephants on Parade."
  • Ethnic Scrappy: The crows, whom the protagonist meets after his infamous Big Lipped Alligator Moment nightmare. Though stereotypically "black" and led by a crow named Jim, they're glad to take a fellow outcast under their wing 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.
    • When asked about it, Floyd Norman, one of Disney's first Black animators, defended the characters as saying that they were never conceived as flat racist stereotypes so much as popular Black entertainers from the era, and that he personally never saw them as offensive.
  • Fair for Its Day: 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One of the crows declaring, "I've seen a house fly!"
    • The circus starting out in Florida can be seen as this now that Disney World is there.
  • I Am Not Shazam: 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.
  • It Was His Sled: Dumbo can fly.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The skating parts in the "Pink Elephants on Parade" sequence which have calming music and a beautifully animated ice-skating elephant duo.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Jumbo's mother only says one line "Jumbo...Junior" while giving a name to her son. Also the Stork, who delivers Dumbo to her.
  • Signature Scene: Pink Elephants on Parade.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The general reaction to the announcement of a live-action film. Certainly not helped by it being a Human-Focused Adaptation.
  • The Woobie: 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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