I seem to always block out how sad Dumbo really is. I could say it was cutting up onions while watching Mrs. Jumbo cradled little Dumbo in her trunk, but there weren’t any onions featured in this heartbreaking movie. Only peanuts and the reoccurring early Disney theme of getting kids drunk.
One of the only foods shown in the movie are peanuts. However, they do play a big part. We meet Timothy Q. Mouse and he immediately cracks open a peanut and eats it.
He then uses a peanut to coax scared little Dumbo out of the haystack.
This starts a beautiful but unlikely friendship between an elephant and an elephant’s mortal enemy, a mouse.
The best featuring of peanuts is at the end when Dumbo finally learns to fly without the crow’s feather. He sucks up some peanuts and gatling guns them at the flock of stuck-up elephants.
Peanuts are the ultimate revenge….especially if one of them had a peanut allergy…which would be pretty ironic for an elephant.
The one issue with the featuring of peanuts in this movie is that, in fact, my wife has a severe peanut allergy. So I had to work quickly and alone on this recipe.
|2 pounds||in-shell, raw peanuts|
|1-2 tablespoon||kosher salt|
|2 tablespoons||peanut oil|
Watered-down Clown Champagne
I wonder at what point Disney decided it wasn’t good to feature kids (and babies in this instance) drinking alcohol. It definitely wasn’t in 1941. In the movie, some clowns were celebrating and opened up a bottle of champagne. The champagne gets thrown out the tent and into a bucket of water out of which Dumbo and Tim drink. They quite literally start seeing pink elephants (for more on this euphemism, see here).
As I have stated before, we’re keeping this blog dry, but we did go out and buy some sparkling cider.
It was pretty good. Not so good when I watered it down though. It just tasted like slightly sweet water.
However, if you would like, you can go fill up a bucket with your favorite champagne and drink until your face goes red.
The peanuts were good. Nothing special, just nice good roasted nuts. My wife didn’t enjoy them as much. Luckily she didn’t go into Anaphylaxic shock (don’t worry, she wasn’t ever in the same room as the peanuts).
The faux-champagne was alright. The store-brand stuff isn’t as good as Martinelli’s.
Roasted Peanut Bullets – 7/10 for eating.
10/10 for ammunition
Store-bought faux champagne – 6/10
Watered-down faux champagne – 3/10