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Dumbo Miscellaneous

For such an iconic character, the one thing missing from the world of Dumbo is a character meet and greet around the parks.  However, at a Disneyland fireworks display around 2009, Dumbo was seen to fly around the castle (as seen in the image above).  Videos of the show suggest this was quite an awesome sight.  He seems to be a moving puppet (I'm assuming there isn't anyone inside him).

Dumbo also features in a number of Disney computer games.  He is a 'summon' in the Kingdom Hearts series of role play games (a character who the player 'summons' to aid them in battle) and also features in a segment of Disney's Villain's Revenge game.  This is slightly odd because, as I pointed out in my review of the film, there is no real clear villain in Dumbo.   In the game, the Ringmaster - the closest the film gets to a traditional villain - is forcing Dumbo to perform in his circus in a much more sadistic way than is ever presented in the film.  The player has to r…

Lambert the Sheepish Lion

The fun thing about this marathon of Disney movies and attractions is that it has lead to me discovering all sorts of odd little pieces of ephemera I had no idea about - the Seven Wise Dwarves war cartoon; the Figaro spin-offs and now this, a 'spiritual sequel' to Dumbo featuring the character of Mr Stork.

Why 'spiritual sequel'?  Lambert, the Sheepish Lion is a Disney short about Mr Stork accidentally delivering a lion cub to a flock of sheep.  The cub grows up, mocked by the other lambs only to prove himself worthy of their respect when he grows up.

The parallels with Dumbo are plain.  First of all is the arrival of Mr Stork, voiced again by Sterling Holloway.  He arrives with a bag of lambs instructing them to each find a ewe to be their mother.  One ewe, though, is left without a lamb; just like Mrs Jumbo in Dumbo being without her baby when Mr Stork arrives later than the other storks at the beginning of the film.  Mr Stork then finds Lambert, the lion cub, at the b…

Casey Jnr - Le Petit Train du Cirque

Along with the Flying Elephant ride, Dumbo has also given rise to another attraction, the Casey Jnr Circus Train ride.  The Casey Jnr attraction, however, only features at two Disney parks: California and Paris.  

Both attractions feature a colourful recreation of Casey Jnr travelling around a track which weaves around another attraction: the Storybook Canal Boats (or Le Pays des Contes de Fées as it is called in Paris).  The Casey Jnr song and sound effects play as you travel around a gentle track, over bridges and through tunnels (in the California version).  It also affords guests a different perspective on the miniature scenes on the Canal Boats ride.  In California they include Agrabah, Pinocchio's village and Arendelle (I'll cover these locations in more detail when covering the Canal Boats ride).  In Paris, scenes include the Emerald City, Ancient Greece and the Sword in the Stone.

In Paris, the attraction is also closer to being a rollercoaster, albeit a very gentle chil…

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Dumbo, the film, has given birth to possibly the most famous Disney theme park ride of them all - Dumbo, the Flying Elephant.  It is a ride which is seen at all the Disney parks (and in many other theme parks, just without the 'Dumbo' theming - but often still with flying elephants).

The iterations at Disneyland Paris and California are practically identical.  They have a beautiful clockwork theming with decorations which include images of Mr Stork.  Timothy Mouse sits atop the ride.  Water cascades below the ride and each Dumbo, with ears outstretched, has a different coloured seat.  These seats take 2 people although you could probably squeeze an adult and 2 small children in.  Most rides see one parent with one child in each Dumbo.  The theming around the rides are, unsurprisingly, circus-like with the queue lines under circus tent-style roofs.

The version of the Dumbo ride at Disneyland Tokyo is a far more simplistic take with none of the clockwork theming and Timothy Mouse …


A Disney Tale: A baby elephant is delivered to a circus elephant.  The baby, nicknamed Dumbo, has huge ears and is mocked by the other circus elephants and visitors to the circus.  When his mother tries to defendhim, she is separated from Dumbo and imprisoned.  Dumbo ends up working with the clowns but, after a drunken night with his new friend Timothy Mouse, Dumbo discovers he can fly with the aid of his massive ears.  At the circus, he becomes a sensation and is reunited with his mother.

Disney Heroine: Dumbo lacks significant human characters so the role of Disney Heroine for this film really falls to Dumbo's mother, Mrs Jumbo.  Her actions protecting Dumbo from the mean children at the circus are the catalyst for many of the film's later events.  The sorrow she feels when imprisoned in solitary confinement and separated from her only child is palpable as is her joy when reunited and travelling in the Jumbo family's private carriage at the back of Casey Jnr.  Interesting…