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The shortest of Disney's major animated features Dumbo involves a baby elephant with unusually large ears. Ostracized from the rest of the circus animals, poor Dumbo is even separated from his mother, who is chained up in a separate cage after trying to defend her child. Only brash-but-lovable Timothy Mouse offers the hand of friendship to Dumbo, encouraging the pouty pachyderm to exploit his "different" qualities for fame and fortune. After trepidatiously indulging in a vat of booze, Dumbo awakens in a tall tree. Goaded by a group of jive-talking crows, Dumbo discovers that his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although Dumbo offers no startling innovations in animated cartooning, it is probably Disney's best all-round picture to date."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"One of the best of Disney's animated features."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"Dumbo was for Disney what The Old Man and the Sea was for Hemingway: a simple but powerful story that's brilliantly rendered and succeeds precisely because it is so simple, archetypal, and true."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A 1941 Disney animated feature about a harassed little elephant with big ears and his friendship with an imaginative mouse."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Touching, comic, visually inventive and emotionally convincing, this remains a jewel in the crown of Disney's golden age."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"It's one of Disney's most charming and perfectly proportioned films, uninflated by the cultural pretensions Uncle Walt was fond of slipping in."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A film you will never forget."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Another magical experience that will have the mother's crying and the kids cheering!"
‑ Jolene Mendez, Entertainment Spectrum
"Disney classic will still make you cry!"
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It just tells a great story and has beautiful moments of powerful emotion that can bring a tear to the eye even 65 years after it was made."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"There's a pleasant little story, plenty of pathos mixed with the large doses of humor, a number of appealing new animal characters, lots of good music, and the usual Disney skillfulness in technique."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A Disney animation classic for all ages and all times."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Perfection, thy name is Dumbo."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"One of the most emotionally potent of all animated movies; I might be inclined to say, of all movies, period."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Viewed in isolation, Dumbo feels like a practice feature film from animators whose only previous experience was short subjects."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
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