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Circus Clowns
Background information
Feature films Dumbo
Television programs
Video games Disney's Villains' Revenge
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Joey (one of the clowns)
Personality Greedy, drunk
Appearance Varies by individual
Occupation Clowns
Ringmaster's minions
Affiliations Bad/neutral
Goal To get a giant raise for their jobs well-done (failed; when distracted by Dumbo's magnificent flight)
Home Florida
Minions Dumbo (out of force)
Likes Champagne
Dislikes Failures
Powers and abilities Their professional strength
Weapons Board (to whip Dumbo's buttocks in their clown act)
Fate Get burned in their buttocks while running from the burning building display and apparently fired from the circus.
Quote "This idea's sensational! Let's go tell the boss!"
(pulls a cork to open a bottle of champagne to make a toast to Dumbo) "Here, boys, this calls for a real celebration! Come and get it!"

The Clowns are the teritary antagonists in Disney's 1941 film Dumbo. The clowns work for their boss the the Ringmaster for a circus. They are first seen in the parade on the circus' opening day, doing various goofy acts.



The clowns are mute during their act, but seem to be generally loud-mouthed otherwise.

It is unknown what they look like without their costumes, as they are only seen as shadows.



The clowns first appear during the circus parade, and start a fireman act as Dumbo's first performance as a clown. During the act, one of the clowns wears an elephant mask and a dress pretending to be Dumbo's mother shouting "save my child!", and the other clowns appear dressed as firemen, with one wearing the uniform of a fire chief. The only clown that talks during the act is the "mother." The clowns perform goofy acts such as dousing a fire with gasoline, roasting hot dogs in front of a burning building, or throwing water on a flowerbed instead of the fire. For the climax, Dumbo, who is dressed like a baby and wearing clown makeup, is made to jump from the building, where he is to land in a gigantic pie. He resists, but one clown sneaks up from behind him and whips him with a wood board. He ends up landing in the pie, much to everyone's amusement. The other animals consider Dumbo to be a disgrace to the circus animals (despite Dumbo had no choice in the matter and was doing the job as best he could). Following the act, the shadows of the clowns are shown in their tent changing into casual clothes and celebrating with a bottle of champagne over a popular act. They believe they will earn a lot of money by making the height greater and thus more death-defying. One of the dumber but more sympathetic clowns comments "Careful, you'll hurt the little guy", only to be brushed off by the clown leader saying that "elephants don't have feelings" and that they are "made of rubber". As they leave to tell their boss, their champagne bottle is knocked into Dumbo's water bucket, resulting in Dumbo and Timothy Mouse getting drunk.

The clowns ultimately get their comeuppance (along with the Ringmaster) when Dumbo flies off a thousand-foot-tall cardboard building instead of landing in the pie. This scares the clowns, who drive their fire engine into the burning building and run away with scathed rear ends screaming. They are not seen for the rest of the film. What happens to the clowns after the circus is renamed "Dumbo's Flying Circus" is unknown, although it is assumed that they lost their jobs.

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