One of my earliest memories is of riding the Flying Dumbo ride at Disneyland. I had just seen the movie (long, long ago and in a galaxy far away, when one had to wait for it in theaters) and was thrilled to feel like Timothy the mouse as I soared on Dumbo’s back.
On September 20th, Disney will release the 70th Anniversary high-definition edition of Dumbo on DVD and Blue-ray. The latest technology has been utilized to ensure that the color and audio captures Walt Disney’s original 1941 release print from the Disney vault.
Interestingly, Dumbo, based on a short story by Helen Aberson, was supposed to be a short film. Yet after the financial failure of Disney’s Fantasia and Pinocchio, the studio decided to release it as a feature film in an effort to recoup losses. The director was instructed to keep the film simple and inexpensive. As a result, the backgrounds were sparse in detail and painted in watercolor, allowing the director to focus on character development. Audiences loved the charming story, and brisk ticket sales quickly filled the Disney coffers. In fact, Dumbo was the highest-grossing Disney film of the 1940’s.
Part of Dumbo’s appeal is the infectious score, which earned the film an Academy Award® for Best Music. I will always be partial to the haunting lullaby “Baby Mine,” but toe-tapping favorites “When I See an Elephant Fly” and “Pink Elephants on Parade” are enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
This latest release has gorgeous color, a crisp digital picture and theater-quality sound. The DVD is packed with extras, including deleted scenes, a “how it was made” feature, and my favorite, a child’s eye view of the Disneyland Flying Dumbo ride. The Blue-Ray edition offers even more bonus content, including games and animated short films.
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