Elephants and Mice

18th March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Elephants and Mice

Fear of mice is known as musophobia. The belief that elephants are afraid of mice dates back to at least the 1st century, when the Roman Pliny the Elder wrote his Naturalis Historia. In it, he suggests that elephants have an aversion more to rodents than any other creature. While this is considered a folk […] Read More

Time and Place of Dumbo

17th March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Time and Place of Dumbo

Dumbo gives pretty good clues as to location and timing of the film. Of course, it’s hard to miss the fact that Mr. Stork actually looks down upon a map of the United States and sees the circus train traveling through Florida. It is possible that most of the events happen outside of Florida after […] Read More

Source Material of Dumbo

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The story for Dumbo came originally from a toy called a “Roll-A-Book.” It was a device that would display different pictures as knobs on the side were turned, showing images to tell a story. The story was called “Dumbo the Flying Elephant” and is credited to Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl, author and illustrator (respectively). […] Read More

Dumbo’s Significance

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In a lot of ways, Dumbo saved Disney from the financial trouble it had from Pinocchio and Fantasia. The film’s initial box office release nearly doubled the cost required to produce it. This is especially impressive as Japan bombed Pearl Harbor only a month and a half after Dumbo was theatrically released—diverting the nation’s attention […] Read More

What’s in a Name? – Dumbo

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Dumbo’s true name is Jumbo Jr. The name “Dumbo” comes from the other elephants’ mockery of his large ears. Dumbo is actually a clever nickname (albeit a rude one) as a portmanteau of “dumb” and “Jumbo.” Jumbo was the name of an especially large elephant (which is where the common usage comes from—meaning large in […] Read More

Ten Things I Learned from Dumbo

11th March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Ten Things I Learned from Dumbo

1. Storks can see state boundaries and names from the sky. 2. Elephants can vote whether or not other elephants are still elephants. 3. If you have hiccups, drinking champagne doesn’t cure them. If fact, it makes your hiccups worse. 4. If watching an elephant jump from a twenty foot platform is funny, watching an […] Read More

My Take on Dumbo

10th March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on My Take on Dumbo

Character I identify with: Dumbo – I’m a quiet, sensitive guy. And I have big ears. Element I wish would have been elaborated: The part when Dumbo flies. The movie ends right about the time when he learns how to fly. I wish it would have shown more of that. Views on the villain: There […] Read More

What Big Ears You Have! – Review of Dumbo

9th March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on What Big Ears You Have! – Review of Dumbo

Dumbo was made on a low budget to recoup the losses incurred on Pinocchio and Fantasia. And it worked. Despite spending far less on it, Dumbo was a huge success, both financially and critically. In fact, Time Magazine declared Dumbo to be “Mammal of the Year.” I think both the movie and the character deserve […] Read More