Dumbo is one of the older Disney movies made by Walt Disney Productions. It was released in 1941. If you love the movie, then you’ll love learning all these facts about Dumbo.
It is the fourth movie of the Walt Disney Animated Classics. Joe Grant was one of the writers, along with Dick Huemer, and more.
The main character is an adorable little elephant named Jumbo Jr, who gets the nickname Dumbo because of his big, floppy ears.
Other characters in this movie are Dumbo’s mom Mrs. Jumbo, Timothy Q. Mouse, Casey Junior, Jim Crow (voiced by Cliff Edwards), Mr. Stork, The Elephant Matriarch, and The Ringmaster.
Dumbo is born into the circus. Some cruel kids rename him Dumbo and make fun of his ears, which makes his mother very mad and gets her locked up.
Dumbo dresses up like a clown for the circus shows, but surprises everyone when he shows them that he can use his big ears to fly.
Now that you know what the movie’s about and who’s in it, let’s get to some fun facts about Dumbo.
#1 Fact About Dumbo – It Was A Book Before It Was A Film
The book Dumbo The Flying Elephant was written by Helen Aberson and illustrated by Harold Pearl. Other books have been written about Dumbo too, like Dumbo (My First Disney Story), I Am Dumbo, Disney Dumbo, and more.
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2. Dumbo Had A TV Show
The show was called Dumbo’s Circus and it was on Disney Channel in the 1980s. It was a live action puppet show for preschoolers.
3. Dumbo The Flying Elephant Ride Is At Multiple Theme Parks
The ride is at Disneyland, Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, and Hong Kong Disneyland.
4. The Movie Features A Lot Of Songs
The songs in this Disney movie are When I See An Elephant Fly by Cliff Edwards and The Hall Johnson Choir, Baby Mine, Casey Junior, Pink Elephants On Parade, and more.
5. A Song From The Movie Was Nominated For An Academy Award
The song that was nominated was Baby Mine. It lost, but true Dumbo fans know how special that song is. Dumbo’s mom, Mrs. Jumbo, sang it to him through the cage to comfort him.
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6. Dumbo Didn’t Always Have A Mouse Sidekick
Dumbo’s sidekick, Timothy Q. Mouse, wasn’t in the original book. Instead, his sidekick was Red Robin.
7. There’s A Live Action Dumbo Movie
This film came out in 2019 and was directed by Tim Burton. It has some big stars in it, including Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and Colin Ferrell. I really like this Dumbo movie. They made Dumbo look and act so cute in it.
8. Dumbo Was Almost On The Cover Of Time Magazine
Dumbo was set to be the cover photo on Time Magazine as Mammal Of The Year. Then Pearl Harbor happened and changed their plans for the cover. Dumbo was still Mammal Of The Year and was featured inside of the magazine instead. Dumbo would have been so cute on the cover!
9. Dumbo Didn’t Cost As Much To Make As Other Disney Movies
They had to keep production costs as low as possible since they didn’t have a big budget for this movie. Because of this, the characters look more simple and the backgrounds don’t have a lot of detail.
10. It’s A Short Movie
The whole movie is only 1 hour and 4 minutes. That means you can watch this movie pretty quickly!
11. There Was Almost A Second Movie
Dumbo II never happened, but it sure would have been cute. Dumbo and his friends were going to get stuck in a big city.
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12. Dumbo Doesn’t Talk In The Movie
Dumbo doesn’t talk at all in the original movie. He does talk in the 1980s tv show Dumbo’s Circus though.
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