DIRECTOR: Ben Sharpsteen
I was never the biggest fan of this one, having seen it to death as a child. “Dumbo” was in many ways regarded as a lesser Disney classic, never really treated with the same regard as “Pinocchio”, “Snow White” or “Bambi”. But as I continue to work my way through this studio’s classics, I am more than pleasantly surprised to rediscover this gem.
With a short running time of 64 minutes, which must barely qualify as film, this was the most cartoonish Disney feature of this era that I had seen, definitely not to the same higher brow animation standards of the afore-mentioned, but funnier and more enjoyable, without a doubt.
The little engine that could humour and the overall concept, being more zany that its counterparts help this stand out and being a much more entertaining piece of cinema than I had originally given it credit for. Not the greatest animation in history, but fun none the less.