In this movie, flying holds the power. Flying characters become tremendously dominant. Because flight literally elevates characters, flying makes different characters more commanding.
“Mr. Stork” (Sterling Holloway) brings babies to all the animals in the circus. He has the say in who gets a baby. He even has influence over the clouds. They do not drop anything as long as he is there.
In this movie, the elephants try to climb each other. However it greatly helps when one can fly. Elephants were not meant to climb, but fly? Maybe…
Elephants on Parade are marching and dancing through the sky. They fly over the intoxicated Dumbo.
The crows focus in on flying because Dumbo is found in the trees. How did he get there? They think it is funny because they judge the “big ears” elephant. However, after Timothy Mouse (Edward Brophy) talks to them, they change their tune. They become appreciative instead of judgmental.
After Dumbo flies without “the magic feather”, he gain tremendous confidence. He is happy to preform and makes national new. He becomes inspiration for the military and others!
Flying gives characters an elevated status (no pun intended) in this movie. Those who fly make things happen. Power lies with those who are in the air.
Watching this movie, Pink Elephants is one of the best parts!
Could this movie be made and supported today? Their are cultural decisions made in this movie which could be offensive in today's culture.
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