Anyone who’s ever been made fun of can relate to Dumbo. He has enormous ears and is very awkward. What’s worse, Dumbo blames himself for causing his mother’s capture. The scene in which Mrs. Dumbo cradles him in her trunk from behind bars and rocks him to sleep makes even the most stoic viewers melt. But with a little help from Timothy Q. Mouse (and an unmentioned bottle of champagne that just happens to spill into a water bucket) Dumbo discovers his ability to fly. Suddenly, his gargantuan ears are his greatest assets. Like many sad movies, though, it has a happy ending. A perfect morality tale for anyone who’s ever been unhappy with themselves.
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