When Disney first released Dumbo in 1941, the story captivated viewers. The story of a little misfit elephant that can fly, and really just wants nothing more than to be reunited with his mother. It’s a story we all grew up with and while some elements didn’t age as well as the overall story, we wondered how the new version of the film would work with Tim Burton directing it and a live action version.
With the film in Burtons hands we were a bit worried the movie would take a darker turn or feeling, since most of his movies have a darker tone overall. Dumbo, however, felt a bit restrained with some more steampunk inspiration instead of a gothic feel. You can expect to find the over exaggerated features and larger eyes that we know and love from Burton films.
How about that CGI? Dumbo and the other characters flawlessly fit in the world created around them. There are moments when you are not sure which animals are real and which are made in the computer. From the Circus world to Dreamland, you’re not sure where reality begins and the animated world ends – and they are perfectly blended into a magical world that you can easily get lost into.
The story over all is the same, the small baby elephant with the oversized ears. But this time it is told from the human perspective this time rather than the animals. No talking animals in this version, however you can feel Dumbo’s emotions as he goes through trauma or as he finds something interesting. Facial expressions and his eyes tell his story as much as any voice could in any story.
More sensitive items from the original story like those drunken Pink Elephants – are toned down some and there aren’t any drunk moments in this film. With minimal scary moments, and a semi brighter tone (compared to what we expected from Burton) this movie is family friendly and one that will bring the story to new generations.
Get ready to fall in love with Dumbo all over again and watch your childhood favorite movie come to life on the big screen.
DUMBO opens in theaters everywhere on March 29, 2019!
Watch the Teaser Trailer for Dumbo Below:
From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure DUMBO expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.
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