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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 rescue Dumbo and restore the 'happy ending' of the film.  Other segments in the game are based on Snow White, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan and the whole thing is hosted by Jiminy Cricket with appearances by the Blue Fairy (making this a miscellaneous Pinocchio item I missed in my post about those). 

Intriguingly, there was, at one time, a mooted sequel to Dumbo - aptly named Dumbo II.  This was in the era when Disney was wheeling out quite a lot of straight-to-video Disney sequels including Mulan 2, Bambi 2 and even third instalments for The Little Mermaid and Cinderella.  However, when John Lasseter took over he quickly halted all the sequels in production deciding they were cheapening the Disney brand.  To be fair he was probably right as many of the sequels are poor reflections of their source material; that said, though, there are a few gems which I'm sure I will cover at some point in my marathon (Cinderella III, for example, is quite good and Mulan 2 isn't bad either.)
Whether Dumbo II would have been any good is up for discussion, but the central idea of a bunch of circus animals on the run sounds fun (although the concept is similar to what was seen in The Wild which is definitely one of Disney's less successful outings).


Recently announced was a live-action version of Dumbo, to be directed by Tim Burton.  Quite how this will turn out is anyone's guess, although I am one of the few fans of Burton's take on Alice in Wonderland.  This sudden burst of live-action remakes of Disney classics is another discussion (I was underwhelmed by Maleficent and have yet to see Cinderella) but Dumbo does seem a slightly odd choice bearing in mind the lack of human characters.  There is going to be a lot of CGI creating Dumbo, Timothy and the Crows (although it will very interesting to see what is done with them).

I wonder, though, if we're ever going to see Dumbo or Timothy in Once Upon a Time... 


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Pinocchio Miscellaneous

Pinocchio also appears in two other attractions at Disney parks.

Firstly the film has a large presence in Disneyland California's Storybook Land Canal Boats.  The beginning of the ride sees boats pass through the mouth of Monstro the Whale (possibly why this isn't a feature of the dark ride) and then on to see various miniature scenes of Disney films, one of which is Geppetto's village.

I will review Storybook Land Canal Boats - and its Disneyland Paris equivalent - in more detail in the future as it is a ride themed around a number of different films rather than being Pinocchio-centric.

I do like the idea of travelling through Monstro's mouth, though (in Paris it is the opening to the Cave of Wonders instead).

Pinocchio also has a presence in Fantasmic! with both Pinocchio and Monstro the Whale appearing at various points in all three versions of the show (at Walt Disney Hollywood Studios; Disneyland California and Tokyo DisneySea).

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