Dumbo

Data
Title: Dumbo
Year: 1941
Length: 64 minutes
Director: Ben Sharpsteen
Writers: Joe Grant, Dick Huemer & Otto Englander, with Bill Peet, Joe Rinaldi, Vernon Stallings & Webb Smith, based on the book by Helen Aberson & Harold Pearl
Starring: Herman Bing, Edward Brophy, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton, Sterling Holloway
Music: Frank Churchill & Ned Washington (songs); Frank Churchill & Oliver Wallace (score)
Distinctions: Oscar for Best Score (musical); Oscar nomination for Best Song (“Baby Mine”)

My reaction
Synopsis: a circus elephant has humorously large ears
How I saw it: on video (have on VHS), yesterday
Concept: Indifferent.
Story: Good. The plot could potentially have been very tedious, but this movie is a model of economical storytelling (without ever rushing anything).
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Good.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great. The voice work isn’t always great (although it often is), but the acting from the animators is excellent.
Music: Great.
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites). Delightful.
Objective Rating: 3.6/4 (Great).

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