The One... The Only... The Fabulous...
Like all great classics, every time they are revisited they reveal something new. Dumbo is the epitome of such timelessness. For a children’s film, made under duress more than three quarters of a century ago, it still has secrets to reveal for every stage of life.
Dumbo’s beauty was its simplicity. Everyday life is beautiful and that's the beauty Dumbo manages to showcase through its anthropomorphized characters. The tale of a child coming to terms with being different and a mother protecting her child through the struggle.
Timeless classics are not so much created as they are discovered. There is a muse that decides when we are ready to receive. Dumbo remains a masterstroke of cinema that came at a time when it was sorely needed. This emotional masterpiece can only ever be underrated, never overrated.
“But you’re wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from human relationships. God’s placed it all around us. It’s in everything. It’s in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at those things”
— Christopher McCandless
“Aristotle be damned!
By Zeus and all the gods, what makes you so much better than them, Cassander? Better than you really are! In you and those like you is this!
What disturbs me most is not your lack of respect for my judgment. It’s your contempt for a world far older than ours!”
— Alexander the Great
“I cannot waste time with these classes and these books, memorizing the weaker assumptions of lesser mortals! I need to look through to the governing dynamics, find a truly original idea. That’s the only way I’ll ever distinguish myself. It’s the only way that I’ll ever… matter”
— John Nash
“You know the worst part?
The world didn’t stop. The newspaper still came every morning, the automatic sprinklers went off at six. Jerry next door still washed his car every Sunday.
My life ended and nobody noticed.”
— Phil Woodward
“You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.”
— Carl Sagan
“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked…
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?”
— Kahlil Gibran