Dumbo is a 1941 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released on October 23, 1941, by RKO Radio Pictures.
Some interesting facts about Dumbo:
- Dumbo was the fourth animated movie created by the Walt Disney Productions.
- The story of Dumbo was actually made for a prototype toy. The author Helen Aberson and illustrator Harold Pearl later gave Disney the rights to make it into a movie.
- Dumbo is the only lead character in a Disney film to not speak. And his mother only speaks one time in the entire film!
- Watercolors were used to create the backgrounds for this famous movie. It is one of only a few movies ever in Disney history to use this method. Watercolors were used because they were cheaper, as the production of Dumbo was on a strict budget.
- Dumbo won the Best Animation Design award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1947. The film also won the Best Original Music Score at the 1941’s Academy Awards.
- Much like a hidden Mickey, a Dumbo toy can be seen in the Disney film “The Great Mouse Detective.”
- It is said that Dumbo was Walt Disney’s favorite movie his company every created.
- TIME magazine was going to have Dumbo as its cover star, but was replaced when Pearl Harbor was attacked in December 1941.
- Dumbo The Flying Elephant ride can be found at five Disney parks: Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disney.
- There were plans to make a sequel, but they eventually disappeared. The possible storyline would have started right after the first ended. Characters included Dumbo of course, along with some of his new pals, and also Dumbo’s old friend Timothy.
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