Background information
Feature films Dumbo
The Great Mouse Detective (cameo)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
The Lion King 1½
Television programs Mickey Mouse Club
Dumbo's Circus
House of Mouse
A Poem Is...
Video games Mickey Mousecapade
Disney's Villains' Revenge
Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Park attractions Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Flights of Fantasy Parade
World of Color
Mickey Mouse Revue
Celebrate the Magic
Main Street Electrical Parade
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Vladimir Tytla
James Baxter
Voice Katie Leigh (in Dumbo's Circus)
Frank Welker (vocal noises in Who Framed Roger Rabbit)
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Jumbo, Jr. (formerly)
Mr. Dumbo
Big Guy (referred to by Lionel Lion)
Personality Shy, sweet, innocent, friendly, cute
Appearance Small and slender elephant, baby blue eyes, small trunk, huge flappy ears which are "perfect wings" according to Timothy, red with yellow line collar, yellow clown hat
Birthday May 7
Occupation Flying circus elephant
Affiliations Good
Goal To become a star, a headliner, etc.
To be with his mother.
Home Circus
Relatives Mrs. Jumbo (mother)
Allies Mrs. Jumbo, Timothy Mouse, The Crows, Casey Junior, The Ringmaster, Mr. Stork, Fairy Godmother, Sora, Donald Duck, Goofy
Enemies The Pink Elephants, The Ringmaster (formerly), Clowns (formerly) Elephant Matriarch (formerly), The other Gossipy Elephants (formerly), Smitty, Heartless
Likes Being with friends, being with his mother, flying
Dislikes Being alone, mistreatment, dip, becoming a clown (formerly at the end)
Powers and abilities Flight
Weapons His trunk (even if he has up to 500 peanuts to shoot his rude aunts)
Fate Becomes a star, then gets reunited with and stays with his mother on their very own private circus boxcar at the end of Casey Junior while they all go home at the zoo.
"Dumbo! The ninth wonder of the universe! The world's only flying elephant!"
―Timothy Q. Mouse

Dumbo is the main protagonist of the 1941 Disney film of the same name. Dumbo is a small elephant and the son of Mrs. Jumbo (which makes him the only boy elephant out of all the elephants seen in the movie). Dumbo is most famous for his giant floppy ears.

He is usually a silent character (except in comics), though he was voiced by Katie Leigh in the 1985 television series Dumbo's Circus.


Dumbo has the personality of a small child. He is playful and very fun. He loves being around his mother and hates being alone. When he does come along, his sidekick Timothy comes along and becomes his best friend.

As he is only a baby in his first appearance, he does not talk during the film. However, in Dumbo's Circus, he does talk when he's nearly a teenager.



In his debut, after being delivered by Mr. Stork, he is initially named "Jumbo, Jr." by his mother, Mrs. Jumbo and all the other female elephants remark on his cute looks. Dumbo then sneezes after the Elephant Matriarch tickles him on his trunk and reveals that his ears are much larger than average. As soon as his big ears are revealed, he is teased by the other female elephants, who call him "Dumbo". After Dumbo's mother closes the door to their stalls, she and Dumbo rest peacefully. Dumbo later takes part in setting up the circus tent with his mother and the other elephants and circus animals at night as they arrive to their destination.

The next day, Dumbo takes part in the opening parade for the circus with his mother and the other elephants, but trips on his ears and falls in a mud puddle, thus, causing everyone to laugh at him. A few moments later, Dumbo is given a bath by his mother and they spent time playing with one another. Once people come into the circus for a tour to see the circus animals, Dumbo gets laughed at by some boy bullies and his ears are pulled by a boy who wanted to tease him, thus, considered a laughingstock to them. When his mother tries to protect him, she is believed to be mad, and is captured and imprisoned by the Ringmaster and his guards. Dumbo is left by himself feeling sad, while the other elephants laugh at him and regard him a disgrace. When Dumbo tries to have a hay meal with the other female elephants, they give him the cold shoulder and he walks away without a friend in the world until he meets his soon-to-be best friend, Timothy, whom he was afraid of at first when Timothy scared all the elephants for picking on Dumbo, but then, Dumbo and Timothy become friends when Timothy offers to help him get his mother out of the clink.

Timothy, having overheard the teasing Dumbo endures earlier, decides to help Dumbo become a circus star. The first attempt ends in failure, as Dumbo once again trips on his ears while attempting to jump to the top of a "Pyramid of Pachyderms" as the climax. The failure results in the circus making Dumbo into a clown, which depresses Dumbo and makes him a real laughingstock to the circus, the people, the clowns, and the other elephants. To cheer him up, Timothy takes Dumbo to visit his mother, but the visit ends too soon.

Dumbo takes flight for the first time.

Later, Dumbo and Timothy accidentally become drunk when they drink water that has been accidentally mixed with alcohol due to the clowns' clumsiness. Both begin hallucinating; seeing Pink Elephants. When they awaken, they somehow end up in a tree after meeting some crows, who are amused by an elephant being in a tree and tell them about their situation. After getting back down to the ground while falling from the tree, Timothy wonders if Dumbo either jumped or climbed up to the tree until he finally comes to believe that Dumbo flew (due to one of the crows' ironic suggestion), thus, amusing the crows and making them sing "When I See an Elephant Fly". But after Timothy tells them Dumbo's sad story, they feel sad and bad about their earlier action and decide to help Dumbo use his ears as wings to fly and to use the "magic feather" as a token to encourage and increase Dumbo's confidence. Dumbo is finally seen flying in the air, much to Timothy and the crows' amazement and delight. At the circus' next stop, during the act, Dumbo is able to fly without the help of the magic feather after accidentally losing it and after Timothy begs him to open his ears, therefore, impressing the crowd and allowing Dumbo to get some payback on those who teased him by taking off a clown's mask resembling Dumbo's mother, throwing it on the Ringmaster's buttocks who ends up getting his head dunked into a bucket of water, causing the clowns to accidentally burn themselves on buttockses, and taking some peanuts from a peanut seller's stand, and spraying peanuts on his rude aunts and Mrs. Jumbo's "sisters". Dumbo becomes the greatest star in America with Timothy as his manager.

At the end of the film, it is shown that Dumbo's mother has been released and the two share their own private coach.

Mickey Mouse Club

In the 1950s television series, Dumbo and Timothy made an appearance in the animated opening of the Mickey Mouse Club.

Dumbo's Circus


Dumbo the pre-teenager in Dumbo's Circus.

During the launch of the Disney Channel in 1983, Dumbo's Circus premiered. It is a live-action/full-body puppet show that aired the same time as Welcome to Pooh Corner. Dumbo, now nearly a teenager, is able to talk. Dumbo also has new friends, such as Lionel the Sideshow Lion (and his Chief Lieutenant), Q.T. the Calliope-Playing Orangutan, Fair Dinkum the Ringmaster Koala, Sebastian the Ventriloquist Alley Cat, Lilli the Detective/High-Wire Cat, Barnaby the Magician/Clown Dog, and others as well.

The Great Mouse Detective

Dumbo made a brief cameo as a bubble blowing toy when Basil, Dawson, and Olivia were investigating a toy shop.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Dumbo makes two brief cameos in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His first cameo is at the beginning of the film, where he flies in front of R.K. Maroon's office, much to Eddie Valiant's shock. Mr. Maroon mentions that he has rented Dumbo from Disney along with half the cast of Fantasia, and the best part of it is that they work for peanuts. His second cameo is at the end of the film, during the final scene where he is seen flying back to Toon Town along with the rest of the Toons.


Dumbo made a brief cameo appearance in the Bonkers episode, "Of Mice and Menace" which introduced the villain Flaps the Elephant. He is shown crying at the police station because Flaps had stolen his flag.

House of Mouse

Dumbo on House of Mouse

Dumbo and Timothy in House of Mouse

Dumbo has made several cameo appearances in the television series House of Mouse. In the series premiere, he flew in front of the spotlight projector, causing Mickey Mouse's spotlight to disappear. In "Super Goof", Clarabelle mistakenly believed Dumbo to be Super Goof's secret identity. In "Donald Wants to Fly", he and Timothy advise Donald to use the magic feather but it backfires. He also appears in Mickey's House of Villains and along with the other guests locked in the club's kitchen and held captive as the villains take over.

Lilo & Stitch

Dumbo made a brief cameo as a toy on Lilo's easel. 

Video games

Disney's Villains' Revenge

In the game, Disney villains have taken control over their stories and altered the endings so that they can have the "happy endings". For Dumbo, the Ringmaster made it so Dumbo must endless perform humiliating stunts at his circus, as his slave. Fortunately, the player, as well as Jiminy Cricket, are able to save the briefly fallen heroes.

Kingdom Hearts series

Dumbo KH

Dumbo is a Summon character who can be called forth by Sora in combat in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.

Kingdom Hearts

Apparently being the sole survivor of the destruction of his world, like several other Summon characters, Dumbo's spirit survived in the form of the Watergleam Gem, which Sora discovered while trapped inside Monstro. Upon giving it to the Fairy Godmother in Traverse Town, she restores Dumbo's spirit and Sora learns his summon. After Xehanort's Heartless was defeated and Kingdom Hearts was sealed, Dumbo returned to his world.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

Dumbo is another character who is recreated from Sora's memories. He once again acts as a summon, and you can obtain his card after you complete the Monstro floor.

Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories

Dumbo acts the same as in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, but is one of only two summons that makes Sora leave the battlefield; the other is Cloud.

Kinect Disneyland Adventures

Dumbo appears as his Disneyland attraction Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

Disney Parks

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Dumbo in Disney's Electrical Parade

In the 1955 opening of Disneyland, Dumbo was a character that met guests. Over the years, Dumbo was seen in pictures, ads and merchandise only. Dumbo can been seen in nearly all animated promos for the parks, usually seen at his own popular attraction. Dumbo also represents the all new Disney Fantasy ship apart of the Disney Cruise Line.

Dumbo has a spell card known as Dumbo's Pink Elephant Parade in the attraction Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. In December 2012, Dumbo made a special live appearance at the opening ceremony of New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Dumbo has his own ride and over the years it became one of the most popular attractions in the Disney Parks.

Disney's Electrical Parade

Dumbo was one of the original characters and this marks one of his few live appearances in the parade. Dumbo has since been removed but in the Tokyo Disneyland version, Dumbo is present as apart of the parade float.


Dumbo appears in the bubble montage in the popular live show Fantasmic! in Disney's Hollywood Studios in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Flights of Fantasy Parade

Dumbo can be seen in the parade as the first character atop a float as fully working audio animatronic with the parade's logo


Dumbo appears as a puppet figure in the fireworks show during the show's rendition of Baby Mine, descending down from the Matterhorn similar to Tinker Bell's usual fireworks show role.


The Disney Wiki and Disney Fan Fiction Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Dumbo (character).


  • Dumbo was a character which inspired people to create another elephant character almost like him and based on him named Goliath II in Goliath II.
  • The animation of Dumbo getting caressed by his mother during the Baby Mine song was recycled for use in Goliath II for the scene with Goliath II getting caressed by his mother.
  • Dumbo's trumpet squealing was later reused on Goliath II from Goliath II.
  • Dumbo is the first protagonist of a Disney animated film to have blue eyes--all his predecessors had either black or brown eyes.
  • Even though the guessed inspiration of all the elephants including Dumbo were Asian elephants, Dumbo looks in many features, like an African elephant.
    • He is almost hairless, except for the 3 strands of hair on his head, baby Asian elephants have a full head of hair (a lot like Hathi, Jr. from The Jungle Book).
    • His head is conical with one hump; Asian elephants have two humps, even as calves.
  • Dumbo is the name of a district from New York City.
  • He is the only character that doesn't speak in the movie.