Dumbo is a 1941 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The fourth Disney animated feature film, it is based upon the storyline written by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl, and illustrated by Helen Durney for the prototype of a novelty toy ("Roll-a-Book"). The main character is Jumbo Jr., a semi-anthropomorphic elephant who is cruelly nicknamed "Dumbo", as in "dumb". He is ridiculed for his big ears, but in fact he is capable of flying by using his ears as wings. Throughout most of the film, his only true friend, aside from his mother, is the mouse, Timothy – a relationship parodying the stereotypical animosity between mice and elephants.
Upon the passing of winter, in 1941, a flock of storks deliver babies to circus animals within the "Winter Quarters" in Florida. All the mothers receive their parcels before departure except the elephant Mrs. Jumbo. During travel, a lost stork brings her an elephant who, to the other elephants' surprise, is adorned with extraordinarily large ears. He is made an object of ridicule and given the nickname "Dumbo". Mrs. Jumbo attempts to remain dignified and treats her child with all her maternal love, but when a group of rascals takes to mocking Dumbo, Mrs. Jumbo catches one of them with her trunk and spanks him. The circus ringmaster deems Mrs. Jumbo mad and has her locked in a cage. The lone Dumbo is made a pariah amongst the rest of the circus troupe. A small mouse named Timothy consoles Dumbo and vows to make him a star.
|author||Dick Huemer Joe Grant|
|award||Academy Award for Best Original Musical Score National Board of Review: Top Ten Films National Film Registry|
|director||Ben Sharpsteen Bill Roberts Jack Kinney Norm Ferguson Samuel Armstrong Wilfred Jackson|
|events||http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q1741934 Outsider self-discovery social status|
|keywords||champagne circus circus animals circus clown circus train circus troupe clown crow drink elephant fall fly hallucination hiccup insanity locked in mad mock mockery morning mouse pass pink elephants ringmaster seeing pink elephants spank stork strike vat|
|musicBy||Frank Churchill Oliver Wallace|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Original Musical Score|
|productionCompany||Walt Disney Animation Studios|
|theme||animated musical transport|