[box] The inspirational tale of Dumbo, the courageous baby elephant who uses his sensational ears to soar to fame with the help of his clever best friend Timothy Q. Mouse, will thrill and delight audiences of all ages. [/box]
Dumbo was first released in 1941 and at the time was Disney’s fourth animated film. When Jazz was little I bought her a copy on VHS, now that brings back some memories.
To watch the 70th Anniversary Edition of Dumbo is an experience in itself. This was even before I learned how much work went into this updated release.
[box] Faced with the daunting task of restoring the film to its original pristine condition, the Walt Disney Studios Restoration Team turned to the US Library of Congress who store the original 70 year old nitrate camera negative in their film vaults, and for reference, to an original 1941 ‘release’ print, held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Using this rare nitrate “dye-transfer” Technicolor print for color reference, the team was able to restore Dumbo to the color settings most likely approved by Walt Disney himself, which will be seen in their full splendor for the first time in 70years, on the Blu-ray debut. In addition, the rare film print (housed as part of the UCLA Film and Television Archives collection) proved to be the earliest surviving generation of the original audio for Dumbo which provided a unique source from which to build the new Disney Enhanced Home Theatre (DEHT) mix for the Blu-ray release.[/box]
Watching this on Blu-ray, the colors and sounds are beautiful. A big improvement from VHS. We watched Dumbo during family movie night. I told the kids when it was first made and they did not believe me! It was fun to watch the extras. On the blu-ray disc the bonuses are:
- Deleted Scene – “The Mouse’s Tale
- Deleted Song – “Are You a Man or a Mouse?”
- Taking Flight: The Making of Dumbo – A journey back to the origins of the film as everybody’s favorite baby elephant takes wing.
- The Magic Of Dumbo: A Ride of Passage – Witness the excitement and magic of Disneyland’s most popular ride through the eyes of a child.
- Audio Commentary with Pete Docter, Paula Sigman and Andreas Deja
- Sound Design Excerpt from The Reluctant Dragon
- Original Walt Disney Television Introduction
- Disney View
- “What Do You See?” Game
- “What Do You Know?” Game
- “Celebrating Dumbo” Featurette
- Animated Short: “The Flying Mouse”
- Animated Short: “Elmer Elephant”
We were very happy watching Dumbo and appreciate all the hard work put in to restore it. It was nice to watch it in such vibrant colors and hear everything in advanced sound.
You can buy Dumbo 70th Anniversary Edition combo pack at Amazon.com for $23.99.