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Dumbo

In Disney's glory era, long before the times of media conglomerates, corporate scandals and manufacturing labour practice abuses that plague companies the size of Mouse House nowadays, the world was a lot more innocent. Nobody new Uncle Walt was an authoritarian anti-Semite who brutalised his employees with overwork - it was all about the magic.

And magic is served up in usual mid 20th Century Disney doses in the tale of a young circus elephant whose big ears make him the subject of scorn and derision until he discovers their power and becomes a hero.

One of the cutest fictional characters in history with his little forlorn eyes, enormous ears and tiny trunk, a lovely story and interesting characters long before Disney films became the Paste-Disney-template-over-random-way-of-life they are today.

A classic for good reason, although to the unbiased eye even then they worked to a fairly strict formula - one that's worked again and again, everywhere from Ping and The Ugly Duckling to Rocky.

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