The Typography of Disney’s “Dumbo”

The Typography of Disney’s “Dumbo”

As any parent can commiserate, when you have young children, you end up watching films that you haven’t seen since you were a kid. Most of the time, they are painful to watch but sometimes, you are pleasantly surprised by what you see.

Last night, I watched Walt Disney’s 1941 classic animated film “Dumbo” and realized it has been over 30 years since I last watched it. I remembered literally nothing beyond the fact that the movie was about an elephant with big ears.

Although my three-year-old son probably didn’t notice, I was immediately drawn to the opening title cards which displays an explosion of circus-style Tuscan typefaces with colorful Egyptians, scripts, and san serifs sprinkled throughout. Check them out below, I think they’re pretty great and my son likes the elephants; so everyone wins.


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Jim Ford and “The Sounds of Typography”

Jim Ford and “The Sounds of Typography”

Canadian Design History in Film

Canadian Design History in Film