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Your ears! Just look at 'em, Dumbo! Why, they're perfect wings! The very things that held ya down are gonna carry ya up, and up, and up! I can see it all now: Dumbo, the ninth wonder of the universe-- the world's only flying elephant!
―Timothy Q. Mouse[src]

Timothy Q. Mouse is the deuteragonist of Disney's 1941 animated feature film Dumbo. He is a Brooklyn-accented mouse who served as the guardian and mentor of Dumbo, the flying elephant.



In contrast to the soft and innocent nature of Dumbo, Timothy is brazen, fearless, and shrewd. Throughout the film, however, Timothy's primary goal is to make Dumbo happy and help him rescue his mother, showing a sympathetic quality despite his rough, stereotypically Brooklyn personality. He has a New York Accent.

Timothy acts as the much-needed protector in Dumbo's life, standing up for the saddened elephant when others attack him on account of his abnormally large ears. He cares for Dumbo and truly wants him to succeed in life, save his mother, and prove to the world that he is not some abomination. And with the determination that Timothy's famous for, the duo manage to accomplish just that. Not only does he acts as Dumbo's manager and motivator, but as his closest friend, and for a while, his only friend.

It should be noted that all of Timothy's actions in the film are clearly driven by his sympathy for Dumbo. After seeing the poor elephant abused and shunned by the other female elephants, Timothy does not only stand up for him but takes the young elephant under his wing and sticks by his side throughout the entire film, determined to make him happy again and not once giving up hope. Because of their relationship and the absence of a paternal figure in Dumbo's life, Timothy has been cited by animation historian John Canemaker, as one of Dumbo's surrogate father figures.



In the film, Timothy appears after Dumbo's mother is taken away and locked up in solitary confinement. He eats out of a discarded bag of peanuts, looking with mild scorn at the other circus elephants while they gossip about Mrs. Jumbo and how she was locked away. They mention that they do not blame her and that it was all the fault of Dumbo, with "ears only a mother could love." Timothy voices to himself that he finds the ears cute, and watches as Dumbo approaches the other elephants, who give him the cold shoulder. The little elephant walks away sadly, and Timothy, upset by the elephants' cruelty, walks into their midst. Despite the danger that he could have been easily squished by the much larger creatures, Timothy boldly tells them off, and the elephants react in disgust and cringe at a mouse. Afterward, he goes to try to cheer Dumbo up, but the little elephant is also scared of him. After a failed attempt to bribe him with a peanut, Timothy earns Dumbo's trust when he says that working together, they may free his mother.

Timothy befriends Dumbo.

Timothy tells Dumbo in order to get his mother out, he must become a star. He struggles to think of an idea for it but fails until they hear the nearby ringmaster talking to one of his workers about an idea he has: the "pyramid of pachyderms" act, but he fails to think of a climax. Timothy, seeing an opportunity, goes to the Ringmaster while he sleeps and poses as his subconscious, tricking him into making Dumbo his climax by having him jump off a springboard and onto a platform at the top of the pyramid. The Ringmaster awakens, thinking it is his own idea, and does so. When the time comes for Dumbo to go out, Timothy ties up his ears in a bow to prevent him from tripping on them, and when Dumbo shows stage fright, he jabs him with a pin to make him run towards the springboard. On his run, however, the bow that Timothy tied up becomes undone, and accidentally trips over his ears and flies past the springboard onto the ball that the elephants are balanced on. The elephants lose control and roll wildly around the big top, the guests all fleeing before them, and Timothy watching the events with one eye covered. The ball rolls towards Dumbo, who flees, but trips again. All of the elephants go flying, injuring all of them, and breaking down the big top.

In the next town, the Ringmaster demotes Dumbo to a clown, putting him through a humiliating act. Even so, Timothy praises this, claiming Dumbo did a better job than the earlier debacle, helping him wash off the clown makeup. He then takes Dumbo to his mother's cage. They are happy to see each other, and Timothy looks on with contentment, but the visit lasts only a short time before Timothy must take Dumbo back to the circus grounds. Along the way, he tries to convince a crying Dumbo to pull himself together, telling him that crying would only give him the hiccups. Immediately after saying that, the elephant begins to hiccup, and Timothy leads him to a nearby bucket of water, into which the clowns dropped a bottle of champagne earlier in the evening. Timothy has Dumbo drink the water, holding his breath before swallowing it, and speaks of how they were going to turn their luck around all the while, stopping his speech only when he sees that the water failed to cure Dumbo's hiccups. Timothy looks at the water curiously, but falls in, emerging drunk several seconds later. The two amuse themselves for a short while as Dumbo blows bubbles, but then begin seeing Pink Elephants. The night's events are ambiguous as the Pink Elephants have their parade, but in the morning, elephant and mouse are asleep on a high tree branch, observed by a group of crows.

The leader of the crows, Jim (or Dandy) Crow, comes down to find out what they were doing, awakening the mouse. Timothy struggles with consciousness until the crow calls him "brother rat," taking offense to that immediately. Jim points out that they are in a tree, and Timothy anxiously goes to wake Dumbo. The elephant panics upon realizing that they are so high up, and both of them fall into a pond. The crows fall out of the tree laughing, and Timothy grumpily tells Dumbo to ignore them, and they begin heading back to the circus. Before walking more than a few steps, Timothy begins to wonder how they got in the tree in the first place, quickly rejecting the options of Dumbo climbing or jumping up. Jim jokingly suggests that they flew up, and Timothy is fast to jump on the idea, telling the surprised elephant that he flew, that his ears were perfect wings. The crows find the idea hysterical, and sing "When I See an Elephant Fly". An infuriated Timothy berates them and tells them Dumbo's story. The crows are moved to tears when they hear it, and Timothy turns his back on them before resuming his path to the circus. Jim stops him after a few steps, apologizing to him and offering to help Dumbo learn to fly. He quietly confides to Timothy that what they need is a little "psychology", and plucks a feather from Specks' tail before handing it to Timothy, telling him to use the magic feather. Timothy understands what he implies, that the feather is a placebo that should help increase Dumbo's confidence and make him fly again.

The crows push Dumbo to the edge of a cliff, where Timothy instructs Dumbo to begin flapping his ears like wings. It seems to do nothing but stir up a cloud of dust, but when it clears, Timothy looks down and sees that Dumbo actually is flying. The crows laugh with joy as they see that they had succeeded, and they and Timothy share a laugh at how the people at the circus were in for a surprise. Back at the circus, Dumbo is back in his act as a clown, poised at a very high platform. Timothy looks down at the watching crowd, encouraging Dumbo and saying that they were on the threshold of success. He confirms that Dumbo has the magic feather, and then instructs him to jump at his cue. As they fall, Dumbo loses hold of the magic feather, and Timothy panickily tries to convince him that it was just a gag and that he had the power to fly without it. He pleads for him to open his ears, and at the last minute, the elephant complies. Ecstatic, Timothy directs and watches as Dumbo shows his skills before the circus, paying back the elephants, clowns, and ringmaster for their treatment towards him. Dumbo's fame skyrockets and Timothy's last appearance shows that he has become Dumbo's manager, signing a Hollywood contract for him.

House of Mouse

Timothy in House of Mouse.

Timothy has recurring appearances on the television series House of Mouse. He appears with Dumbo, the crows, and the Pink Elephants and many other famous Disney characters.

Timothy's most notable appearance is where Donald and Daisy accidentally release the Pink Elephants and Timothy scares them away, saving the club. In "Donald Wants to Fly", he, along with the Crows, unsuccessfully teaches Donald how to fly like with the "Elephants". In "Pete's House of Villains" he joins the others into saying "We want Mickey!". In "House of Scrooge", Timothy was forced to share his evening meal (one pea) with various other mice from Disney films, including Jaq and Gus, Bernard, Miss Bianca, and Ratigan.

Other appearances

Timothy and Dumbo make an appearance in the opening sequence of the 1950s television series Mickey Mouse Club.

In the Mickey Mouse episode "New Shoes", Timothy is seen riding Casey Junior along with Dumbo and the crows.

Timothy doesn't actually appear in the 2019 live-action film Dumbo, however, there is a homage to the character, an unnamed non-speaking pet white mouse of Milly and Joe, the son and daughter of Holt Farrier, the three of whom take the roles of best friends and father figure to Dumbo. The mouse is, in fact, dressed like Timothy here and also has two other smaller mice along with him. When Milly introduces Dumbo her mice, she explains to Joe that she does her experiments to know if Dumbo would adapt in being part of Holt's family. Later at the end of the film, a no-animal policy is used in the re-established circus as the mice and the other wild animals are released from the circus.

Disney Parks

The Timothy figure as seen on the Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction.

Timothy is yet to be a meetable character in the Disney theme parks, although his likeness is a staple with attractions and theming based around Dumbo. The most notable of this is the Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction, which features a Timothy figurine at the high top of the structure. His voice (with newly recorded dialogue by Chris Edgerly) is also heard throughout the perimeter. Originally, the Timothy figurine held a whip, but it was later changed to the "magic feather".

Walt Disney World

Timothy is briefly seen in Disney's Hollywood Studios' version of Fantasmic!, during the bubble montage.

Tokyo Disney Resort

In Tokyo Disneyland's former parade, Jubilation!, Timothy was seen holding what appeared to be a small whip.

Hong Kong Disneyland

In China, Timothy and Dumbo lead off the daytime parade, Flights of Fantasy.

Disney Cruise Line

Timothy and Dumbo are represented by a statue that adorns the stern of the Disney Fantasy cruise ship.


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  • Timothy is the second "sidekick character" in the animated features, after Jiminy Cricket.
  • It is believed that Timothy is able to communicate with humans, as he managed to convince the Ringmaster about Dumbo's stunt and became Dumbo's manager at the end of the film and later becomes Dumbo's manager.
  • Dumbo and Timothy are two of the very few Disney animated movie characters who get drunk.
  • He was a character that inspired people to create another mouse character almost like him, known as Mouse in Goliath II.
  • The animation of this character scaring the elephants was recycled for use in Goliath II for the scene with the Mouse scaring the elephant herd. However, unlike that Mouse, Timothy doesn't do it for gratification.
  • While trying to comfort Dumbo, Timothy says, "Lots of people with big ears are famous!" According to animation historian John Canemaker on the 2001 DVD release commentary, the line was recognized by audiences of 1941 as a reference to Clark Gable. The line was also featured in the original theatrical trailer.
  • Timothy is a replacement for Red the robin from the original novel. He was used because elephants are supposed to be afraid of mice.
  • No one in the film ever said this character's name; it was only shown at the end of the film where it is seen in writing. Timothy never even mentioned his name to Dumbo when meeting him for the first time.
  • The creepy shadow that Timothy makes when approaching the sleeping Ringmaster was a reference to the vampire in the 1922 film Nosferatu.
  • In a deleted song called "Are you a Man or a Mouse", it is revealed that he has a grandfather named Maxwell.
  • When Timothy was walking away from Dumbo, who was hiding in the haystack, he was whistling Casey Junior's theme.
  • Although Timothy doesn't actually appear in the live-action retelling of Dumbo, a white mouse dressed like him is seen briefly along with other two mice. It is also one of a few animals from the live-action movie that was not sold to the jungle.
  • Timothy wears a band major outfit for much of the film except the very end, where a still shot of him is shown getting signed to Hollywood. In that, he is wearing a suit, derby hat, and as ascot with a jeweled tac, likely reflecting Dumbo's success.

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