Sometimes the simplest stories resound the most in people's hearts. After the expensive box-office failures of "Pinocchio" and "Fantasia," Disney Studios made sure to keep Dumbo's production costs low (at $813,000, it's the least expensive Disney animated feature), and audiences demonstrated that a well-told story doesn't need a big budget: "Dumbo" grossed over $2.5 million in its original release (more than "Pinocchio" and "Fantasia" combined). Dumbo and Snow White were the only two pre-1943 Disney features to turn a profit for Disney.
"Dumbo" is beloved by many, but perhaps no endorsement is stronger than this: it was Walt Disney's own favorite among films made by his studio.
"Dumbo" was re-released theatrically in 1949, 1959, 1972 and 1976. Dumbo, along with Alice in Wonderland, was the first of Disney's canon of animated films to be released on home video. It was released to video in 1982, 1985, 1991, 1998 and 2000. Dumbo was one of the first of Disney's animated films to be broadcast, albeit severely edited, on television, as part of Disney's anthology series.
Dumbo Production Information
- Oct 23, 1941- Theatrical Re-release
- 1949- Theatrical Re-release
- 1959- Theatrical Re-release
- 1976- Theatrical Re-release
- Jun 26, 1981- VHS Release
- Jun, 1982- Laserdisk Release
- Dec 3, 1985- Walt Disney Classics Video Collection Release
- Jul 12, 1991- 50th Anniversary Edition
- Oct 28, 1994- Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection (VHS/LaserDisk)
- 2001- 60th Anniversary Special Edition (VHS/DVD)
- 2006- Big Top Edition (DVD)
- 2007- UK Special Edition
- Sep 20, 2011- 70th Anniversary Edition (DVD/Blu-Ray)
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