Holidays and paper grading kept the movie watching to a minimum.
Dumbo (Ben Sharpsteen, 1941). Short animated feature from Disney that is one of the odder classic cartoons you’ll see. Most of the film is taken up with the emotionally-charged story of the little elephant with the big ears who is the butt of everyone’s jokes and is separated from his beloved mother. If you haven’t seen it for awhile, you might be surprised at how much you respond to this part of the movie. There’s a sequence where faceless men put up the circus tents while “Song of the Roustabouts” plays: “We work all day, we work all night, We never learned to read or write … When other folks have gone to bed, We slave until we're almost dead!” About 2/3 of the way through, Dumbo and his mouse friend accidentally get drunk, leading to “Pink Elephants on Parade”. For almost five minutes, Dumbo enters the realm of Fantasia, as psychedelia fills the screen. Finally, we get five crows who are stereotypical African-Americans (the leader is named “Jim Crow”). They act like cutups and sing a fun song. All in 64 minutes! #448 on the They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They list of the 1,000 best movies of all time.