Number four on the list is the shortest of all Disney animated features– Dumbo; weighing in at a mere 64 minutes, some say it does not even qualify as a feature. Well, Disney counts it! This movie was also an Oscar winner for the studio, and released on October 23, 1941.
After the expensive box-office failures of “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia,” Disney Studios made sure to keep Dumbo’s production costs low (at $813,000, it’s the least expensive Disney animated feature), and audiences demonstrated that a well-told story doesn’t need a big budget: “Dumbo” grossed over $2.5 million in its original release (more than “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia” combined). Dumbo and Snow White were the only two pre-1943 Disney features to turn a profit for Disney.
“Dumbo” is beloved by many, but perhaps no endorsement is stronger than this: it was Walt Disney’s own favorite among films made by his studio.