Eeyore and Dumbo are two awesome blue Disney characters, with something in common: they are always on a quest. Winnie the Pooh‘s best friend Eeyore is constantly looking for his tail, while Dumbo is always on the lookout for his feather (which he uses to fly). They make such a special team that we’ve decided to interview them together.
‘Jumbo, Jr., better known as 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. Dumbo is most famous for his giant floppy ears, which give him the ability to glide.’
‘Eeyore is one of the main characters of the Winnie the Pooh franchise based on A.A. Milne’s books. He is a pessimistic and gloomy old donkey (Equus Asinus) who is a friend of the overweight character of the same name.’
Disney Interview #2 – The Blue Buddies, Dumbo & Eeyore
Anything Blue: No offence but, Dumbo and Eeyor are quite unusual names. Where do they come from?
Eeyore: My name sounds like ‘Eor’, and if I tell you where it comes from, you won’t believe it. Ok, I’ll tell you: Hee-haw! Yes, it is based on the British Cockney dialect version of this phrase, “hee-haw”. A lot of people think it’s what cow-boys scream, but it’s not. It’s much more stylish than this.
Dumbo: Well, my real name is actually Jumbo Junior, which probably means that my Dad had the same name. But I’ve never met him. No yet, at least. We’re going on a trip with Eeyore in Africa to find him.
Oh really Dumbo, we thought you were from Asia?
Dumbo: Yeah, I thought so too! To be fair, all elephants (my mom included) in the Disney movie look like Asian elephants. But if you pay attention to details, you’ll realise I look more like an African: A, I only have one hump (Asians have two) and B, I’m almost hairless, whereas Asian elephants have a lot of hair.
Also, I recently found out I had a brother in Africa. He’s a tiny elephant named Goliath. He stars in a short movie which was shot shortly after ‘Dumbo’. You must remember the sad scene where I’m getting hugged by his mother during the Baby Mine song? Well, the same scene was shot in Goliath II. Even my trumpet squealing was later used in his movie! I feel like we’re almost twins.
But you, Eeyore, why do you want to travel to Africa? I mean, stuffed donkeys don’t have much to do there…
Eeyore: You know, I used to live in a gloomy area called ‘Rather Boggy and Sad’. Nearly all of my houses were falling, or bounced down. Butterflies would often knock them down just by landing on them! I was really sad. During my whole life, I felt so melancholic and lonely. Yeah, back in the days, I used to think a lot. I was asking myself the whys and wherefore of everything. The worst tragedy was, all this thinking did not made me happy one bit. I was completely cut off the world. But now, things are different: I’ve started opening up to the world, and I travel a lot. No more thinking. I feel so much better.
What does the slogan ‘Stop fighting and start fixing’ mean to you?
Eeyore: We believe that the world would be a better place if E.L.E. (Everybody Loves Everybody). For years I’ve felt blue, and today I think E.L.E.
Dumbo: I think elephants and mice should be friends instead of fearing each other.
How blue are you exactly?
Eeyore: As previously said, I’m less blue than I used to be. I even could say I’m sort of greyish even!
Dumbo: Well, technically, you could say I’m not that blue, just like Eeyore. However, I am the first of all Disney protagonists to have blue eyes! True story.
Read Dumbo’s full biography @Disney Wikia
Read Eeyore’s full biography @Disney Wikia
Read more of Chris Cox’s article ‘Eeyore: Literature’s archetypal outsider’ @The Guardian
Discover Diney’s short movie Goliath II
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