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Paul Feig

'Dumbo': Flying circles above the crowd in high-def

Cover art of 'Dumbo,' 70th anniversary edition

Any 20th-century animator working in film who chose to ignore what was coming out of the Walt Disney studios did so at a professional cost. And from 1941 on, Disney's "Dumbo" was the elephant in the room.

This week it joins "Snow White," "Pinocchio," "Fantasia" and "Bambi" in the pantheon of early Disney animated classics remastered for high-definition as the "Dumbo" 70th Anniversary Edition (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, rated G, DVD $29.99; two-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack $39.99).

While the other four above-named features from Disney's "golden age" are...