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YMMV: Dumbo
  • Adaptation Displacement: Though it's not entirely Disney's fault. The movie was based on a really rare out-of-print picture book, and even if there hadn't been a movie made of it, Dumbo probably would have been almost completely unheard of today.
  • Base Breaker: The crows. People are either uncomfortable with the Unfortunate Implications their dated characterizations carry (Family Guy and The Cleveland Show have both made jokes about how racist the crows are to today's modern sensibilities), or find their song, clever wordplay, and inner niceness enjoyable.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fair for Its Day: See Unfortunate Implications, 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One of the crows declaring, "I've seen a house fly!"
    • Florida Shown in the Film is the Future Spot where Disney world Will be.
  • 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.
  • Moment Of Awesome: The movie has an "awesome'' (and a little intense) opening narration that seems like the opening a WWII Air Force film (which coincidentally was taking place when this movie was made):
    Narrator: (we see a nothing but a stormy sky) Through the snow and sleet and hail...through the blizzard, through the gale...through the wind and through the rain...over mountain, over plain...through the blinding lightning flash (strike of lightning)...and the mighty thunder crash! (strike of thunder)...ever faithful, ever true...nothing stops him...HE'LL GET THROUGH!
  • Nightmare Fuel: Pink Elephants on Parade.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Jumbo's mother only says one line "Jumbo...Junior" while giving a name to her son.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The general reaction to the announcement of a live-action film.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • 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."
  • 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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