The wonderful thing about Disney movies is how timeless they are. The same movies that I loved as a child are now enjoyed just as much by my own children and considering how far special effects and animation technology has come since I was young, that’s a real testament to how enduring these wonderful movies are.
The latest classic movie to be released from the Disney vault is Dumbo, which is available today, September 20, 2011 on Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack. Believe it or not, it has been seventy years since the movie was first released and it has been a story that has been beloved by children ever since. I was ecstatic when I got the chance to review this special 70th Anniversary Edition for myself.
Zackary and Benjamin had never seen the movie before and it had probably been more than twenty years since I last watched the film, so we were all incredibly excited. From the opening scene showing the storks determinedly delivering “bundles of joy” to the circus animals, my boys were thrilled. Benjamin especially loved the different animals in the movie, from the cuddly bears to the fierce, yet lazy tigers.
Both boys also enjoyed the riotous colours of the different scenes in the movie. Dumbo: 70th Anniversary Edition features all-new digital restoration and it really shows in how vibrant the colourful circus scenes are. Whether my boys were laughing at the antics of the energetic clowns or enjoying the excitement of the circus parade, the bright colours made the scenes even more enjoyable.
Of course, the best thing about this movie is the adorable big-eared elephant Dumbo. With school just beginning, the messages in this movie were definitely appropriate ones for kids everywhere. Kids can sometimes forget how much teasing can hurt and it’s never a bad thing to reinforce concepts like considering the feelings of others.
But the best message in Dumbo, in my opinion, and the thing that makes the movie so timeless, is the concept that it can be the thing that is most different about us that makes us most special. We all need to remember to celebrate our unique characteristics once in a while and when we do, we may just find that, like Dumbo, we too can fly.
For some extra fun with Dumbo, why not enjoy colouring a special picture or making a cool Dumbo-themed craft? Click here to print some special Dumbo colouring sheets, or click here to print and make a fabulous Dumbo glider!
Enjoying this movie once more was a wonderful experience and seeing my children bounce up and down as Dumbo plummeted towards a tiny bucket of foam only to soar majestically into the air at the last possible second was absolutely heart-warming. Dumbo’s appeal has remained unchanged for generations, so pick up the special 70th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack and introduce your children to the baby elephant the whole world adores!
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