Featuring many of the bonus features of the previous
edition this single disc “Big Top Edition”. John Canemaker’s
intelligent and perceptive commentary track from the 2001
edition can only be accessed via “Backstage Disney”. “Celebrating
Dumbo”, “Walt Disney TV Introduction” and the “Dumbo Art
Gallery” are all imported over from the previous edition
of the DVD. “Celebrating Dumbo” discusses the origin of
the story and its development at the studio. The TV introduction
is the original presentation for the premiere of the film
on “The Wonderful World of Disney” featuring Walt himself.
The “Dumbo Art Gallery” is broken up into a number of
sections starting with “Concept Art”, “Character Development”,
“Pink Elephants”, “Story Development” , Roustabouts”, “Attractions”
and “Behind the Scenes”. Most of the concept art is located
under one of these titles. The exception to this are the
last two sections “Attractions” and “Behind-the-Scenes”.
“Attractions allows us to see the concept art and finished
product for the rides at Disneyland and Disneyworld inspired
by the film. “Behind-the-Scenes” features photos of the
various musicians, artists and voice artists that contributed
to the production of the film. We do get a one new special
feature in the “Music and More” section.
“Baby Mine” music video by Jim Brickman and Kassie DePavia
appears to be brand new to this edition and replaces Michael
Crawford’s performance on the previous edition. We also
get two sing along songs with “Look Out for Mr. Stork” and
“Casey Jr.” both of which were available on the previous
edition. Also missing is the “Sneak Peak” of “Dumbo II”
Under “Games & Activities” we get “Disneypedia: My
First Circus” which quizzes kids on various circus animals.
There’s also a DVD Storybook entitled “Dumbo’s Big Discovery”.
You can either choose to read to yourself or have the story
read to you. This section uses scenes from the movie to
illustrated the story of Dumbo.
*** We also get two bonus shorts “Elmer Elephant” and
“The Flying Mouse”. These vintage shorts tie in nicely with
Dumbo although they might be a bit too slow paced for older
kids. The images aren’t quite as steady during the opening
credits for the shorts but these settle down once the cartoons