Disney Sisters: D is for Dumbo

D is for Dumbo

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment invites audiences to let their spirits soar with the release of the beloved animated classic DUMBO, for the first time ever in high definition as a 70th Anniversary Edition on September 20, 2011. -Press Release

My youngest daughter has just recently had her first ride on Dumbo at Disneyland, and has seen him flying during the fireworks show. So when we got our copy of the movie and I showed her the DVD cover, she immediately recognized him, got excited, and asked to watch the film. I was happy to watch it with her for the first time so that I could get her reaction. (That's how I am about Disney Movies - Total Geek.)

DUMBO, the classic movie that we all grew up with has finally been rereleased on Blue Ray and DVD in HD for the first time, for a new generation to experience. It was made 70 years ago, can you believe that? But don't wait too long to get your copy because in true Disney Movie fashion, it's only available for a limited time. (Before it goes back to the vault.)

Even the opening is very entertaining with the brightly colored Circus Poster titles. The movie is filled with animals, and an overall circus theme so kids love it. (My daughter especially loves the baby animal aspect of it.) The use of a train as a character is a great way to engage children too. Casey Junior is definitely a hit with my little one. The soundtrack has the usual classics, and Dumbo won an oscar in 1941 for best scoring of a musical picture. The 3 main elements in this movie are Family, Friendship and Flying. As long as you have the unconditional love from a parent, a best friend who believes in you and a unique skill or talent you can achieve amazing things. The sky's the limit! Literally.

Highlights of the film
(aka some of our favorite songs, scenes and characters)

Pink Elephants on Parade
The scene when Dumbo and Timothy accidentally get drunk. It's filled with Surrealist art. The shapes and color transitions are perfect to entertain and stimulate preschool children like mine. It has a familiar feel like other Disney movies, Fantasia, and even Heffalumps and Woozles. (from Winnie the Pooh) We love this style of animation that Disney does so well.

Baby Mine
(Get our your tissues) Where Dumbo gets to visit his mother in confinement and she rocks him in her trunk, to the lullaby, "Baby Mine." Every mother in the world can somehow relate to this scene. We have all missed our babies at one time or another. It is so very sweet and always brings on the tears.

When I See An Elephant Fly
The black crows who first discover Dumbo in a tree, eventually befriend him and Timothy and become his flight mentors. They sing one of the most popular songs in the movie "When I See An Elephant Fly." They are such fun to watch, they way they sing and dance. They add a light hearted element to the film.

Mr. Stork
The stork who delivers Dumbo to Ms. Jumbo, voiced by none other then Sterling Holloway. (most famous for being the voice Winnie the Pooh) Though Mr. Stork only has a small part in the film, he is very memorable and when he finally brings Dumbo to his mother, cute comedy ensues.

The Message
Dumbo is a very special movie to share with your family. It has a very important message. I think it's one of the most valuable things that you can learn in life.
It's ok to be different.
What makes us different is what makes us special.

More Dumbo Fun:

Check out these fun Dumbo crafts you can create on Disney Family.

Photo Credit: Disney Family

And recently the Disney Parks Blog posted this adorable Dumbo wallpaper for your computer, so you can enjoy everyone's favorite flying elephant all the time. How cute is that?

Image Courtesy Of Disney

There is something about the simplicity of Dumbo that makes it a Disney Classic film. The simplicity of the artwork, characters and the storyline. It's really beautiful and timeless. When a film still resonates with it's audiences 70 years later, you know it's a true classic. I was so glad that I got a chance to review the movie. I hadn't seen it in years. I'm happy to say that it was just as good as I remembered it. And I'm happy to announce Dumbo now has a new fan in my 4 year old little girl.

~ Review done by Jessica

D is for D U M B O

Full Disclosure: We were not paid in any way for this post. We were given a DVD to help facilitate this review.

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