Dumbo is a 1941 American animated fantasy 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., an 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.
While a large circus spends the off-season in the "Winter Grounds" in Florida, a flock of white storks delivers babies to the animals. One elephant, Mrs. Jumbo, does not receive her baby, and keeps scanning the sky. The circus sets out on a new tour, and a belated stork catches up with the moving train and drops off the expected baby elephant, Jumbo Junior. The other elephants are initially delighted, until they see the baby has far-oversized ears, and promptly nickname him "Dumbo". However, Mrs. Jumbo shows her baby great care and love, defending him from the teasing of the other elephants.
|author||Dick Huemer Joe Grant|
|award||Academy Award for Best Original Musical Score National Board of Review: Top Ten Films|
|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||baby baby elephant big top build bully burning building champagne cinema of the united states crow cry hallucinate hiccup hollywood jump locked in move ringmaster sad story sideshow spank stork tease|
|musicBy||Frank Churchill Oliver Wallace|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Original Musical Score|
|productionCompany||Walt Disney Animation Studios|
|theme||animated musical transport|