The Circus Animals from Dumbo are bears, camels, elephants, giraffes, gorillas, hippopotamuses, hyenas, kangaroos, lions, monkeys, ostriches, horse, tigers, and zebras. In the live-action remake are snakes, dogs, pigeons, crocodiles, and wolves.
The circus animals are first seen physically during the musical number "Look Out for Mr. Stork" where a flock of storks delivers baby newborn animals to their mothers, except for Mrs. Jumbo who did not receive a baby at night. As Casey Junior is being loaded to bring the WDP Circus to the next spot where the circus will perform at, the circus workers get the animals ready and just after that, the Ringmaster calls in Casey to get him ready for the next show to perform. Casey then travels very far and stops at the spot where the workers set up the circus tent to get the animals and performers ready for the circus. The following day, various circus animals are seen during the circus parade and later during during the part where the barkers are telling visitors to take a look at Dumbo. They are last seen during the musical number "Baby Mine" where several parent animals are sleeping with their offspring. No other circus animals aside from Dumbo, Timothy, and the circus elephants, appear throughout the remainder of the film.
Elephants (especially Dumbo) are quite the stars of the show.
A giraffe was seen sleeping at the beginning of the film. When a bundle of a baby giraffe flew in, it licked his newfound mother on her nose, waking her up. When the baby escaped from the bundle, he wobbled slightly on his legs, nuzzling his newfound. Two adults and the baby are seen again walking in their car when the circus is packing, with the adults sticking out. Then, one night, the train stops in town, waking them up. In the "Baby Mine": scene, the mother and her baby are sleeping soundly.
A tigress seen at the beginning of the film was sleeping while her mate is pacing restlessly around. Then a bundle dropped in and four tiger cubs scurried out toward the tigress' stomach, licking it as a fifth one jumped out onto her tail, waking her up. She nuzzles them as their father looks on with admiration. Three adults are seen in their own car during the circus packing scene. During the parade, the same three are seen enjoying an afternoon siesta. During "Baby Mine", the tigress and three of her cubs are sleeping, one of them yawning and stretching before going back to sleep. The other two are either with their father or in another cage to sleep.
Three zebras and their foal seen during the circus packing scene are walking in a car with two camels. At the parade, four zebras drag a carriage containing a male lion. During "Baby Mine", one and her foal are sleeping as the latter's tail swishes slightly.
A brown bear is first seen at the beginning of the film. She is sleeping as a bundle lands in her cage and opens to reveal a bear cub. As she hugs it, a second bundle lands in, and another one tumbles out, shaking its head. Happily, she grabs both cubs in her paws and licks one of them on the head. She and her cubs are seen in their car during the circus packing scene.
Three male lions are seen sleeping until a sudden stop from the train wakes them up. During the parade, a male one, possibly one of the trio, yawns as he rides in his wagon driven by four zebras.
A hippopotamus is sleeping in her pool at the beginning of the film as a bundle splashes in with her. It opens to reveal a baby who sleeps along with her, but she does not notice until the next morning when the circus is packing up. They jump in their water-filled car. At the parade, a hippo, possibly the mother, is yawning as it carries the calliope. During "Baby Mine", the mother and her baby are sleeping soundly in their pool.
The only scene hyenas can be found is the "Baby Mine" musical number, where a mother and her three cubs are sleeping and giggling.
A kangaroo is seen at the beginning of the film sleeping in her pen as a bundle comes in and a joey unwraps out of it. It jumps into her pouch waking her up. When she sees it, she reaches out her paws and hugs it. Two kangaroos and the joey are seen again in their car when the circus is packing. The mother and her joey are seen again during "Baby Mine" when she is using herself as a rocking chair.
The only scene monkeys can be found is the "Baby Mine" one, where a mother on her trapeze swing holds three babies and a fourth one clings to her tail.
The only scene that has ostriches is the "Baby Mine" one, where one (presumably an ostrich mother) with two chicks sleeping with their heads in the ground.
There are three scenes in which camels are seen. The first is the packing in which a mother and her baby are in a car with three zebras and their foal. The second is during the Roustabouts song, helping carrying the poles for the circus tent. The third is at the parade in which a caravan of camels are walking and chewing their spit. One of them looks at its mouth, then at the crowd, and swallows.
The only scene that has a horse is the parade scene in the next day, when the Ringmaster rides on it.
The only scene that has a gorilla is the parade in the next day, in which one roars and shakes the bars of his cage, accidentally loosening one of them in the process. But luckily, he manages to put it back.
- Most of the animals have four fingers instead of five like their real-life counterparts.
- The tiger trio are resting like humans in their car.
- During "Baby Mine", the mother zebra's head is clearly drawn as a cel, but her body is drawn like the background.
- There were thirteen storks (including Mr. Stork, Dumbo's deliverer) seen flying to the circus at the very beginning of the film, hinting that there are indeed thirteen species featured there, with each stork delivering a baby for them.
- The bear wagon changes color when the camera zooms toward it: in the wide view of the circus train, it is green, but up close it is red. The same is true with the circus worker's uniform when he is fastening it to the wagon.
- The hippos in "Baby Mine" were clearly both drawn as backgrounds instead of cels.
- The hyenas appear to be striped ones, which are real-life, yet lesser-known cousins to spotted ones.
- During the song "On the Open Road" in A Goofy Movie, the giraffes look similar to the ones from here.
- The gorilla's roar has the same sound as the beetles in Mickey's Garden.
- The camels appear to be Bactrian ones, as they have two humps which in real life Bactrian ones have.
- During the final scene of the 2019 film, all the animals including Dumbo and Mrs. Jumbo were sold to the wild in India because the circus is being re-established with a new rule about wild animals. The only ones that aren't done so are the monkey, a horse, the mice, and Timothy Q. Mouse.
- In real life, hyenas and hippos are not kept in circuses, because they cannot be trained.
- The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus once had a gorilla named Gargantua but it was used only for exhibition in his cage as gorillas cannot be tamed.
- A lion in the trailer is one of the circus animals that don't appear in the remake. Other animals that don't appear in the remake include tigers, zebras, giraffes, kangaroos, ostriches, camels, hippopotamuses, gorillas, and hyenas.
- The animals that didn't appear in the original are snakes, dogs, pigeons, crocodiles, and wolves while the rabbit is mentioned.
For information of:
- Bear: Bear
- Kangaroo: Kangaroo
- Hippopotamus: Hippopotamus
- Tiger: Tiger
- Giraffe: Giraffe
- Zebra: Zebra
- Horse: Horse
- Camel: Camel
- Elephant: Elephant
- Lion: Lion
- Gorilla: Gorilla
- Monkey: Monkey
- Hyena: Hyena
- Ostrich: Ostrich