What I like most is not being able to tell which actor did what voice, hence the voices merely exist to enhance the characters, and they do indeed. My personal favorite is the rough and tough Timothy mouse, who is the spawn of both PINOCCHIO’s Jiminy Cricket and a watered down version of ALADDIN’s Iago, definitely a character ahead of it’s time. Every voice here fits the characters - I never found myself even asking who did the voice for that one? All new animated features should take heed from this veteran, don’t try so hard, sometimes a little is actually a lot; they don’t call it an oldie, but a goody for nothing. DUMBO is not unlike its title; slow and sweet, but still the best in show.
Kid’s Critique: “I loved it.” (And remember, he’s experiencing it for the first time – meaning it still holds up!)
Music And More: Under this category, there is a “Baby Mine” Music Video (4:00) , plus some Sing Along Songs (the kid loves these!) including Look Out For Mr. Stork (2:35) and Casey Jr. (2:30).
Games And Activities: The kid also loves these, but strongly advises that you guys at Disney include a few more games next time! (Although he didn’t quite put it that poignantly, something about no more? and you guys sucking!) Two games include a DisneyPedia: My First Circus and a DVD Storybook: Dumbo’s Big Discovery, with both a read along and read to yourself. (The kid likes the first option!)
Backstage Disney: The most meaty of all the extras with a, gulp, full length commentary track and other assorted goodies!
• Feature Length Audio Commentary With Animation Historian John Canemaker: No, not the guy who invented that stick that helps you walk, this is Animation Historian Canemaker (or so the credit says, I never even heard of this guy before!) and he seems to have his facts in order. He has a lot of info on the film, how it came to be and so forth, which he delivers super monotone teacher style and also gives some of his own jerky thoughts that only a hardcore DUMBO fan would need to hear. (Are there really any of those kinds of people out there?!)
• Celebrating Dumbo (14:50): Everyone spewing the wonderment and greatness of DUMBO, from film critic Leonard Maltin (bro, you’re such a whore!) to Roy E. Disney. The background info is interesting, the rest is like circus popcorn - it can’t be good for you!
• Walt Disney TV Introduction (1:00): The original ad featuring Walt himself selling the movie, a cool tidbit for nostalgic fans!
Plus a Dumbo Art Gallery for all you freaks out there who need you complete DUMBO fix, two Bonus Shorts, with Elmer Elephant (8:30) and The Flying Mouse (9:20) . (Nothing special, but I’m for anything that keeps the youngsters quiet!) Disney also threw in a Matching Game complete with Learning Cards - (you guys like giving extras, don't you?!) And Sneek Peeks (aka Trailers) of Brother Bear 2, The Wild, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Princess Fairy Tales, The Little Mermaid Special Edition, Meet The Robinsons, The Fox And The Hound 25th Anniversary Edition, Airbuddies (God help us!), and Disney Learning Adventures Winnie The Pooh Shapes and Sizes and Wonderful Word Adventure. That enough for ya?!