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Dumbo (60th Anniversary Edition)

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  • Actors: Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy, James Baskett, Herman Bing, Billy Bletcher
  • Directors: Ben Sharpsteen, Bill Roberts, Clare Baren, Jack Kinney, John Elliotte
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Video
  • Release Date: Oct. 23 2001
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KARK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,985 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The Dumbo 60th Anniversary Edition was the beneficiary of an electronic film restoration process where every frame of film was scanned into a high resolution computer system, then painstakingly examined and repaired frame by frame to eliminate negative and positive dirt, film scratches and the like. A high definition transfer was done and color correction was supervised by Disney Feature Animation to ensure faithful reproduction of the colors as they were originally intended.

A Disney "classic" that actually is a classic, Dumbo should be part of your video collection whether or not you have children. The storytelling was never as lean as in Dumbo, the songs rarely as haunting (or just plain weird), the characters rarely so well defined. The film pits the "cold, cruel, heartless" world that can't accept abnormality against a plucky, and mute, hero. Jumbo Jr. (Dumbo is a mean-spirited nickname) is ostracized from the circus pack shortly after his delivery by the stork because of his big ears. His mother sticks up for him and is shackled. He's jeered by children (an insightful scene has one boy poking fun at Dumbo's ears, even though the youngster's ears are also ungainly), used by the circus folk, and demoted to appearing with the clowns. Only the decent Timothy Q. Mouse looks out for the little guy. Concerns about the un-PC "Jim Crow" crows, who mock Dumbo with the wonderful "When I See an Elephant Fly," should be moderated by remembering that the crows are the only social group in the film who act kindly to the little outcast. If you don't mist up during the "Baby Mine" scene, you may be legally pronounced dead. --Keith Simanton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on Sept. 20 2011
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Before discussing the video, we should bring back a little history about under what conditions Dumbo was made. Dumbo was the fourth feature film by Disney: 1) Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio (1940) and Fantasia (1940). After excessive spending on Fantasia, and despite the popularity and critical acclaim heaped upon Snow White, Pinocchio and Fantasia, these films were not moneymakers and Disney studio was almost bankrupt. Additionally, due to the war in Europe, they were cutoff from the overseas market. So, what Disney needed was an inexpensive box office success, and Dumbo was to be it. It would be a relatively short film with a concise story and low production costs that would appeal to a wide audience.

At first glance, and in the context of Disney's own efforts up to then, Dumbo appears less artistic, more cartoony than the three earlier films. In the case of Dumbo, this art has been pared down to the absolute minimum, consistent with pleasing audiences and making money. And Dumbo did make a profit, and is credited for having saved the studio.


This 70th Anniversary Edition film comes in AVC/MPEG-4 1080p 1.37:1. Although this film was made with a lower budget compared to Fantasia or Pinocchio, and the restoration was not as detailed as Pinocchio and Sleeping Beauty, the final result is still a very pleasing and amazing picture. Colours are solid and vibrant at times. The transfer is so clear and sharp that strokes from a paintbrush are often noticeable, as well as slight aging of the print and faint blemishes. Dumbo here showcases deep blacks up through clean whites. (4.5/5)


Dumbo's soundtrack has been fully restored and given a brand new lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix that is spacious and dynamic.
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DUMBO [1941/2011] [70th Anniversary Edition] [Blu-ray + DVD] [US Release] Walt Disney’s Timeless Classic! A Film You Will Never Forget!

For the first time ever, in celebration of this landmark film's 70th anniversary, experience the daring adventures of the world's only flying elephant with a dazzling all-new digital restoration and brilliant 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and also the 5.1 Disney Enhanced High Definition Theatre Mix Sound. The inspirational tale of Dumbo, the courageous baby elephant who uses his sensational ears to soar to fame with the help of his clever best friend Timothy Q. Mouse, will thrill and delight audiences of all ages. And now, the award-winning music and empowering messages about friendship and belief in yourself reach new heights in this must-have Blu-ray high-definition presentation of Walt Disney s animated classic Dumbo! Narrated by John McLeish.

FILM FACT Part One: Awards and Nominations: 1941 Academy Awards®: Win: Original Music Score for Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace. Nominated: Best Song for "Baby Mine" for Frank Churchill and Ned Washington. 1947 Cannes Film Festival: Win: Best Animation Design. Following the aerial montage of Dumbo, there is a newspaper montage. Next to the picture of the flying elephant, there is the headline "Bombers for Defense." It is a reference of the national defence during the ongoing World War II. There is also a reference to the fireside chats of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

FILM FACT Part Two: Songs and Performers: "Look Out for Mr.
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I love these movies and feel so happy to get them on DVD. They are more permanently accessible in my DVD library. But I may be the wrong person to answer your question because I am elderly and cannot speak for the millions/ billions younger than I.
What I can say is that it is wonderful to find AMAZON.CA as a rich resource for obtaining thee early Disney masterpieces despite the marketing ploys of "Mr. Disney's" contemporary reps who insist on holding back redistribution/ release of these works.
There seems to be a loss of artistic integrity in our present world.
I look forward to purchasing more of these masterpieces from the past - but, as I've mentioned, I may not belong to the appropriate feedback audience.
I congratulate you on your "humane" decision to keep these wonderful works alive and available to the public. And they seem to be in pristine condition despite one glitch I had with the magnificent Fantasia/ Fantasia 2000 which, as I understand from feedback from many friends, is a movie so many peoples from all ages love. As a musician I consider it to be a magnificent wonder, combining so professionally and perfectly narrative, music, and art work.
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By Daniel Jolley TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 15 2006
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For some reason, I never saw most of the Disney classic movies when I was growing up - but I'm certainly having a good time watching them all these years later. Dumbo, of course, may be the most beloved Disney film of them all - despite the fact that it is relatively short (64 minutes), sports a pretty simplistic style of animation, and features a main character that never speaks a single word. The film's popularity is due in large part to the story itself, as there is a little bit of Dumbo in all of us. At some time, we've all been embarrassed by our appearance, laughed at and snubbed by those around us, and been made to feel like a complete loser.

Everyone knows the story already. Poor little Dumbo, with his big ears, is ridiculed and called a freak by the other elephants, harassed by kids going in to see the circus, separated from his mother, and eventually made into a clown, the very embodiment of his unhappy life. Only little Timothy Mouse befriends him, and his spirit of optimism and commitment to help Dumbo prove himself are needed more than ever when things go from bad to worse. In the end, the very thing that makes Dumbo different turns out to be the source of his greatest strength. The message of the film is pretty simple: believe in yourself, even when others put you down and, for heaven's sake, don't make fun of someone just because he looks different. Dumbo is also a story about love, particularly the love between a mother and child, and the importance of friendship.

Classic Disney films such as this are both wonderful and remarkable - yet so many of them are also sad. I imagine that children, while they will certainly understand the themes of this story, don't connect to the film on the same emotional level as I do as an adult.
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