Enjoy these fun web sites on Dumbo:
Dumbo Trivia Quiz:
How well did you observe details while watching this film?
Dumbo - Ever Notice?
Trivia for Dumbo fans
a well writen review worth reading,
followed by another interesting review from
Edinburgh University Film Society
Review by Neil Chue Hong
Taken from EUFS Programme 1996-97
" ...This film was hampered by the fact that a lot of Disney's animators went on strike during production and this is evident in the slightly grainy backgrounds and simpler cell composition.
Recently it has also been accused of being racially bigoted and disrespectful of people with handicaps (patently silly as we see Dumbo overcome his handicap). However the Disney magic still shines through to give a delightful, unique, film about flying elephants. - Neil Chue Hong"
Who exactly do the crows represent?'. . .
and what are the implications of this. . .
within the sociological and political framework of wartime America, or more importantly to parents today?
First we have to ask whether these crows were intended to satirize Black Americans?
Just as Mickey Mouse can be seen as a charaterization of the minstrel style singers of the early part of the American 20th century. A time when Whites blackened their face and exsaggerated their lips, ala Al Jolsen, so too these crows appeared to mimic a certain stero-typical image of Black Americans.
If we allow ourselves to see these characters as Black, what next? Should the film be banned as the
Amos and Andy comedy series?
"...Actor Alvin Childress (Amos) was quoted as saying "I didn't feel it harmed the Negro at all.... Actually the series had many episodes that showed the Negro with professions and businesses like attorneys, store owners, and so on, which they never had in TV or movies before..." Others pointed out that the situations were no different than those found in many comedy programs with white characters. Nevertheless the humor certainly derived from the fact that these were shiftless, conniving, not-too bright blacks. The very stereotypes that had so long been unfairly applied to an entire race were used throughout. As a result, it is unlikely that Amos 'n' Andy will ever be seen again on television."
Should we stop showing Dumbo and other politically suspect films to our children?
For example, how are American Natives protrayed in Peter Pan?
Or, to people uncomfortable with the military spirit, there is much to be uncomfortable with in this wartime period of Popeye the Sailorman and the active anti-Nazi pro-war effort cartoons of MGM's Looney Tunes.
Actually, racism and violence is common in American animation history, explore these sites and view the legacy.
Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs
Daffy - The Commando
Lopped, Cropped, or Chopped Cartoons
The Censored Cartoons Page
Public Domain Cartoons in RealVideo