Ben Sharpsteen (1941)

U Certificate


Our Score
Although it was directed by Ben Sharpsteen, every frame of this Disney tale about the outcast elephant with huge ears was personally approved by Uncle Walt himself. The film won an Oscar for its score, with songs such as When I See an Elephant Fly and Baby of Mine (from the heartbreaking mother-child reunion) lingering long in the memory. On the animation side, the highlight is the parade of pink elephants after Dumbo and Timothy Mouse get tipsy. Made for a fraction of the cost of previous Disney animations, this may be one of the studio's shortest features, but it's also among the best.


Disney animated adventure following the fortunes of a plucky young elephant with oversized ears. Mocked by his fellow circus performers, Dumbo finally finds a friend in an enterprising mouse, who helps the poor animal overcome his inhibitions and find fame and fortune as the world's only flying elephant. With the voices of Sterling Holloway and Edward Brophy, and an Oscar-winning score by Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace.

Cast & Crew

Timothy Mouse Edward Brophy
Ringmaster Herman Bing
Elephant Verna Felton
Stork Sterling Holloway
Jim Crow Cliff Edwards
Director Ben Sharpsteen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Children's Music