“Dumbo” (1941)

There is probably no other film that perfectly captures the tone of 1940s animation, both the good and the bad, then this film. Despite the film’s incredibly short runtime of 64 minutes, there is a surprisingly large amount of filler that doesn’t effect the plot in any way. In many ways, this movie feels like a classic Disney cartoon that’s been stretched and stretched in length to the bare minimum of what could be considered a film. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. The film is consistently entertaining, it’s a breezy watch, the music is great, the characters are good, and the film also runs through the gamut of emotions from funny to heartfelt. This is just a cute and charming little flick.

Rating: 4.5/5

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