Dumbo's Circus

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Dumbo's Circus was a live-action/puppet television series on The Disney Channel, featuring the character of Dumbo from the original film.

120 episodes (the most ever for a Disney TV show) were made in 1985, and they were shown until 1995. In the show, Dumbo has grown up, is able to speak, and had struck out on his own to begin his own circus. He and a cast of characters fly from town to town in a wagon pulled through the air by Dumbo performing their "greatest little show on Earth". Each character would perform their special act. This ranged from dancing and singing to telling knock knock jokes. Due to a legal dispute, the character of Timothy Q. Mouse from the original film is not in this series.[citation needed]

Other than Dumbo, none of the characters from the original film are cast members. The cast members are human-sized anthropomorphic animals played by people in puppet suits using technology developed by The Jim Henson Company for Fraggle Rock; this production technique was also used for the Disney Channel live-action/puppet television series Welcome to Pooh Corner.

Dumbo has a new look in this series, giving spoken dialogue lines he didn't have in the original film. Every episode, the group would travel to a new town inhabited with puppets. One episode featured a character called Big Fred, a giant that you see from the legs down as a partially seen character.

The wagon used in the show is displayed on the back lot of Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida.

There are currently no plans to release Dumbo's Circus on DVD from Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

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