Cinema: Mammal-of-the-Year

In beleaguered Europe, in blood-stained Russia, on the tank-tracked Libyan desert, above & below the earth's seas, Santa Claus was getting short shrift. Even in the U.S., his last, best hope on earth, Adolf Hitler and his hissing Japanese friends had tried to thwart him. But their attack came too late to destroy all the fruits of a U.S. Christmas. Now, more than ever, Americans were thankful for what they were about to receive. They were thankful, too, for Dumbo.

Last week this lovable little baby elephant with blue eyes and a winning manner...