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Rating: G




- Games & Activities
DisneyPedia: "My First Circus"
DVD Storybook: "Dumbo's Big Discovery"
- Dumbo Art Gallery
- Bonus Shorts
Elmer Elephant
The Flvina Mouse





Languages: English/Spanish/Thai/
Subtitles: English/Thai/Bahasa/
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1/Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 4 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




The stork delivers a baby elephant to Mrs Jumbo, veteran of the circus but the newborn is ridiculed because of his truly enormous ears and dubbed "Dumbo". Dumbo is relegated to the circus' clown acts; it is up to his only friend, a mouse to assist Dumbo to achieve his full potential.


Sure, they can make penguins tap-dance, ogres burp and cars talk nowadays. But nothing beats the charm and endearment of an elephant that has gigantic ears and doesn’t speak a single word – in 2D!

Everyone loves a good old Disney classic. This 1941 animation tells the story of Dumbo the baby elephant who feels like a social misfit because of his enormous ears. Thanks to an encouraging mentor (who’s a mouse!) and strangely enough, a motley crew of singing crows, Dumbo realizes how his amazing ears can make him someone special and unique.

In Disney animation history, this feature film runs at the shortest duration of 64 minutes, but the themes and messages explored are very universal and educational. At first look, the ideas of friendship, courage, acceptance and being true to yourself may only appeal to the younger audience, but upon reflection and leaving behind our cynical selves, these uplifting subject matters are ever so real and much-needed in our busy lives.

There are several highlights in this beautiful film. Watch out for the sentimental “Baby Mine” sequence where Dumbo and his mother share a heartbreaking moment – do get ready your hankies. The “Pink Elephant” sequence is a quirky Disney moment of hilarity and hypnotism where Dumbo gets drunk and sees some really interesting hallucinations. Then there is the “Singing Crows” sequence where two unlikely parties come together to achieve a very good comic effect. And of course, Dumbo’s triumphant finale where he finally, well, no surprise here, flies.

This is one classic film which the whole family should sit together to enjoy. Not only will kids be dazzled by the appealing Disney brand of magic, they will also learn values which life lessons the entertaining way.

For the adults, it would be the simplicities that we were once enchanted with. The endearing and sweet moments are now restored in digital images. Ah, the wonders of technology indeed.


This Special Edition Code 3 disc contains a whole load of special features which are perfect for every family’s collection of DVDs.

Commentary by animation historian John Canemaker – In this informative feature length commentary, you’d hear lots of tidbits and trivia about Dumbo. There are little-known facts about the animators and voice talents, the artistic histories behind certain sequences and very detailed explanations of characterizations.

Celebrating Dumbo – In this 14-minute featurette, the main themes and topic explored in the film are summed up. You’d hear why many people love this baby elephant, right after the ranks of Mickey and Minnie.

Walt Disney TV Introduction – You’d see Mr. Disney himself in a 1-minute black-and-white TV spot introducing the movie.

Dumbo Art Gallery – A very interesting look at the concept art, character and story developments, behind the scenes and even pictures of attraction spots that spawned from the movie.

Bonus Shorts – The 8-minute “Elmer Elephant” and 9-minute “The Flying Mouse” (both incidentally about other social misfits) are classic Disney shorts that showcase creative storytelling that will appeal to both kids and adults.

Music & More – There is a beautiful 4-minute music video of “Baby Mine” featuring pianist Jim Brickman and vocalist Kassie DePalva, and a sing-along video of the hilarious “Look Out For Mr. Stork”.

“My First Circus” Game – Kids will have fun learning about circus animals like bears, horses and elephants in this spin-and-guess game. Footages from other Disney animations like “The Jungle Book” and “Tarzan” are also featured in the informative explanations.

Dumbo’s Big Discovery – This one is for the younger kids. They can either read along or have the narrator read to them about Dumbo’s journey to finding out how special he is.


The disc’s visual transfer refreshes the old-time classic in digital glory, and there are Dolby Digital 5.1 English and Spanish, 2.0 Surround for Thai and 2.0 Mono for Cantonese and Hindi - so viewers from many parts of the world can enjoy this classic!



Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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