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Dumbo at 75 – Dumbo’s 75th Anniversary

Dumbo by Walt Disney Productions premiered on October 23, 1941 and celebrates its 75th Anniversay in 2016. It was Walt Disney’s fourth animated feature and was based upon a storyline written by Helen Aberson and illustrated by Harold Pearl.

The main character is a baby elephant Jumbo Jr., who is nicknamed “Dumbo” due to his big ears. Dumbo is ridiculed for his big ears, but in fact he is capable of flying by using his ears as wings. Throughout most of the film, his only true friend, aside from his mother, is the mouse, Timothy.

A number of Dumbo related collectibles and art have been created or are being released to coincide with the 75th Anniversary.

Jim Shore Sweet Snow Fall – Dumbo 75th Anniversary Figurine

Jim Shore Sweet Snow Fall Dumbo 75th Anniversary Figurine
Jim Shore celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Disney classic Dumbo with this unique design featuring the beloved baby elephant decked out for the holidays.

Disney Dumbo 75th Anniversary Musical Ornament

Disney Dumbo 75th Anniversary Musical OrnamentThis delightful Hallmark Gold Crown Exclusive is designed by Kristina Gaughran and features Dumbo being cradled by his mother. The ornament plays Baby Mine.

Lionel Dumbo 75th Anniversary Boxcar

Lionel Dumbo 75th Anniversary BoxcarThis little gem from Lionel features a traditional boxcar featuring Dumbo designs. It is priced at $84.99.

New Zealand Mint Dumbo 75th Anniversary Coins

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The New Zealand Mint has been minting legal tender collectible coins, gold bullion and medallions for more than four decades and has released to coins for Dumbo’s 75th Anniversary – the Dumbo 1 oz Silver and Dumbo 1/4 oz Gold Coins.

Thomas Kinkade Company Disney Dumbo Limited Edition Art

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Continuing the work of Thomas Kinkade, this wonderful new release from the Thomas Kinkade Company celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the release of Dumbo.

Disney Dumbo by Thomas Kinkade Studios portrays the happiness and pride that his circus friends feel for Dumbo as he soars above the crowd. This painting captures Dumbo’s shining moment, reminding us, as Timothy tells him, “The very things that held you down are going to carry you up and up and up!”

Disney Dumbo’s 75th Anniversary Facts

  • Disney premiered Dumbo in movie theaters across the United States on October 23, 1941.
  • Dumbo was the fourth movie in the “Walt Disney Animated Classics” series.
  • The story was based upon the “Roll-A-Book” written by Helen Aberson and illustrated by Harold Pearl.
  • The film was conceived during the Great Depression and Disney’s goal was to give Americans a story with an uplifting message as they faced difficult times.
  • Walt Disney acted out each part of the movie, as it was being planned.
  • With a run-time of 64 minutes, Dumbo is one of Disney’s shortest animated features