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Some of the circus animals

The Circus Animals from Dumbo are bears, camels, elephants, giraffes, gorillas, hippos, hyenas, kangaroos, lions, monkeys, ostriches, tigers and zebras.


A giraffe was seen sleeping at the beginning of the film. When a bundle of a baby giraffe flew in, it licked his newfound mother on her nose, waking her up. When the baby escaped from the bundle, he wobbled slightly on his legs, nuzzling his newfound. Two adults and the baby are seen again walking in their car when the circus is packing, with the adults sticking out.  Then, one night, the train stops in town, waking them up. In the "[[Baby Mine]": scene, the mother and her baby are sleeping soundly.



A tigress seen at the beginning of the film was sleeping while her mate is pacing restlessly around. Then a bundle dropped in and four tiger cubs scurried out toward the tigress' stomach, licking it as a fifth one jumped out onto her tail, waking her up. She nuzzles them as their father looks on with admiration. Three adults are seen in their own car during the circus packing scene. During the parade, the same three are seen enjoying an afternoon siesta.  During "Baby Mine", the tigress and three of her cubs are sleeping, one of them yawning and stretching before going back to sleep. The other two are either with their father or in another cage to sleep.



Three zebras and their foal seen during the circus packing scene are walking in a car with two camels.  At the parade, four zebras drag a carriage containing a male lion.  During "Baby Mine", one and her foal are sleeping as the latter's tail swishes slightly.



A brown bear is first seen at the beginning of the film.  She is sleeping as a bundle lands in her cage and opens to reveal a bear cub. As she hugs it, a second bundle lands in, and another one tumbles out, shaking its head. Happily, she grabs both cubs in her paws and licks one of them on the head. She and her cubs are seen in their car during the circus packing scene.



Elephants (especially Dumbo) are quite the stars of the show.



Three male lions are seen sleeping until a sudden stop from the train wakes them up.  During the parade, a male one, possibly one of the trio, yawns, "Ohhhh dear," as he rides in his wagon driven by four zebras.



A hippopotamus is sleeping in her pool at the beginning of the film as a bundle splashes in with her. It opens to reveal a baby, but she doesn't notice until the next morning, when the circus is packing up. They jump in their water filled car. At the parade, a hippo, possibly the mother, is yawning as it carries the calliope.  During "Baby Mine", the mother and her baby are sleeping soundly in their pool.



The only scene hyenas can be found is the "Baby Mine" one, where a mother and three cubs are sleeping and giggling.



A kangaroo is seen at the beginning of the film sleeping in her pen as a bundle comes in and a joey unwraps out of it. It jumps into her pouch waking her up.  When she sees it, she reaches out her paws and hugs it. Two kangaroos and the joey are seen again in their car when the circus is packing. The mother and her joey are seen again during "Baby Mine", when she is using herself as a rocking chair.



The only scene monkeys can be found is the "Baby Mine" one, where a mother on her trapeze swing holds three babies and a fourth one clings to her tail.



Only one scene has ostriches. The "Baby Mine" one has one with two chicks with their heads in the ground.



There are two scenes in which camels are seen. The first is the packing in which a mother and her baby are in a car with three zebras and their foal. The second is at the parade in which a caravan of camels are walking and chewing their spit. One of them looks at its mouth, then at the crowd, and swallows.



The only scene that has a gorilla is the parade, in which one roars and shakes the bars of his cage, accidentally loosening one of them in the process. But luckily, he manages to put it back.



  • Most of the animals, the kangaroo, monkey, bear, and gorilla have four fingers instead of five, like their real-life counterparts.
  • The bear cubs have belly buttons, unlike their real-life counterparts.
  • The tiger trio in their car are resting like humans.
  • During "Baby Mine", the mother zebra's head is clearly drawn as a cell, but her body is drawn like the backgrounds.
  • There were thirteen storks (including Mr. Stork, Dumbo's deliverer) seen flying to the circus at the very beginning of the film, hinting that there are indeed thirteen species featured at this circus, with each stork delivering offspring for those species.
  • Like most cartoon animals, none of these animals appear to sport genitalia, which reinforces the fact that they all have to rely on storks to have offspring. 
  • The bear wagon changes color when the camera zooms toward it: in the wide view of the circus train, the wagon is green, but up close the wagon is red. The same is true with the circus worker's uniform when he is fastening it to the train car said wagon is on.
  • The hippos in "Baby Mine" were clearly both drawn as backgrounds instead of cells.
  • The hyenas appear to be striped hyenas, which are real life, yet lesser known cousins to spotted hyenas.
  • In A Goofy Movie during the song "On the Open Road", the giraffes look similar to the ones from Dumbo.
  • The gorilla's roar has the same sound as the beetle's roar in Mickey's Garden.

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Films and Television: Dumbo | Mickey Mouse Club | Dumbo's Circus | House of Mouse | Live-action film
Books: Big Golden Book | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Disney Read-Along | Golden Sound Story | Little Golden Book

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Dumbo the Flying Elephant | Casey Jr. Circus Train | Casey Jr. Splash & Soak Station | Animagique


Original: Dumbo | Timothy Mouse | Mrs. Jumbo | Elephant Matriarch | Prissy | Catty | Giddy | Ringmaster | Mr. Stork | Smitty | Casey Junior | Pink Elephants | The Crows | Circus Animals
Dumbo's Circus: Lionel | Fair Dinkum | Q.T. | Barnaby | Lilli | Sebastian


Look Out for Mr. Stork | Casey, Jr. | Roustabouts | Baby Mine | Hit the Big Boss | Pink Elephants on Parade | When I See an Elephant Fly




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