• Peter Berthoud

Dumbo

Updated: Sep 10

Walt Disney's Dumbo Card Game, Pepys Seies

(The twin Red and Blue packs were released at the same time and are not separate editions)


First Published: 1941 c, Pepys Series

Illustrator or Designer: Not credited but after Walt Disney Studios


Contents: 45 Cards + Rules Booklet


Dumbo Box Front (Blue) With Thumb Cut
Dumbo Box Front (Blue) With Thumb Cut

Dumbo Box Front (Red) With Thumb Cut
Dumbo Box Front (Red) With Thumb Cut

There are 11 cards in each of 4 suits, SQUARE, CIRCLE, DIAMOND & STAR and 1 Joker.


Dumbo cards with scenes from the film including: The Circus, Mr Stork studying a map, Dumbo and the Crows teaching him to fly, Casey Junior, Mrs Jumbo and Dumbo, Dumbo and Timothy Q Mouse asleep in a tree, Mr Stork making a delivery

Dumbo cards with scenes from the film including: The Circus, Mr Stork studying a map, Dumbo and the Crows teaching him to fly, Casey Junior, Mrs Jumbo and Dumbo, Dumbo and Timothy Q Mouse asleep in a tree, Mr Stork making a delivery


Dumbo cards with scenes from the film including: A Clown riding a Zebra, A  Clown swatting a fly, An Elephant balancing on a ball, Baby Giraffe, Man riding a horse, Clown having a bath, Dandy Crow, a New Arrival, a Camel

Dumbo cards with scenes from the film including: A Clown riding a Zebra, A Clown swatting a fly, An Elephant balancing on a ball, Baby Giraffe, Man riding a horse, Clown having a bath, Dandy Crow, a New Arrival, a Camel


Dumbo cards with scenes from the film including: Roustabouts, Crows, The Ringmaster, Clowns, A Pink Elephant and Mrs Jumbo with Dumbo

Dumbo cards with scenes from the film including: Roustabouts, Crows, The Ringmaster, Clowns, A Pink Elephant and Mrs Jumbo with Dumbo


Dumbo cards with scenes from the film including:Clowns, A Lion, Bears, and Pink Elephants

Dumbo cards with scenes from the film including: Clowns, A Lion, Bears, Dumbo, The Clowns as Firemen, and Pink Elephants

Dumbo cards with scenes from the film including: A Tiger, Clowns, A Monkey, Timothy Q. Mouse, plus the Dumbo and Timothy Q Joker

Dumbo cards with scenes from the film including: A Tiger, Clowns, A Monkey, Timothy Q. Mouse, plus the Dumbo and Timothy Q Joker



The Walt Disney animated film Dumbo had its World Premiere in New York on 23rd October 1941 and was released in the UK on 21st December 1941. The usual date given for the publication of the Pepys game is 1939* and there may have been plans and/or agreements to produce games based on future Disney films at this point. Disney bought the rights to Helen Aberson-Mayer's book Dumbo the Flying Elephant late in 1939 but the film did not go into production until 1941. For this reason I have dated the game's release as circa 1941.


The twin Red and Blue packs were released at the same time and are not separate editions.


The only "branding" is the "Pepys Series" device on the box front, no address or other details feature in the rules.



Game & Version Details



​ Dumbo - Card Back (Blue)



​ Dumbo - Card Back (Red)



​ Dumbo ​- Rules Front



​ Dumbo - Rules Back



​ Dumbo - Box Back (Red)



​ Dumbo - Box Back (Blue)



​​ Dumbo - Box Top



​ ​ Dumbo - Box Side Left



​ Dumbo ​ - Box Base



​ Dumbo ​ - Box Side Right



​​ Dumbo - Box Back With Flap

* In Rex Pitts' book Pepys, The Story of The Company and its Games 4th Ed., Dumbo is listed as being released in 1939 but the text on page 8 has some ambiguity:


"As the association with Disney had proved such a good idea further card games based on Walt Disney films were planned for 1939, namely Mickey's Fun Fair ... Dumbo ...and Shuffled Symphonies."