Disney seems determined to remake everything they’ve ever made at the moment and Dumbo is the next movie to get the “live-action” treatment.
We’ve already had Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast and Pete’s Dragon to name a few and frankly, the results have been hit and miss.
With this in mind it’s easy to be cynical about yet another remake from Disney but let’s hold judgement until we actually see the finished product.
The plus side to this latest remake is that it’s being made by visionary director Tim Burton (Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare before Christmas). Now Burton is no stranger to live action Disney remakes as he’s already tackled Alice in Wonderland with moderate success.
The story of Dumbo is also pretty dark so it fits with Tim Burton’s general career nicely and if the first look trailer is anything to go by he isn’t going to be making the story any lighter.
What’s it about anyway?
We’re sure you all know but just in case you don’t Dumbo tells the story of an orphaned Elephant who finds himself in a Circus. He’s treated like a freak and made fun of because of his giant ears, making him even lonelier.
Eventually, the ringleader of the circus, a mouse named Timothy befriends him and together they discover that he can use his ears to fly, making him the star of the show.
Tim Burton’s Dumbo assembles a heavyweight cast including Eva Green(Casino Royale, Penny Dreadful, Kingdom of Heaven), Colin Farrell (In Bruges, Minority Report, Fright Night), Michael Keaton (Batman, Birdman, Beetlejuice)and Danny Devito (Batman Returns, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Junior).
The trailer is only a teaser but it’s enough to get us excited, yes we’re all getting sick of the constant remakes but occasionally they’re good. Let’s not forget that the original Dumbo was released almost 80 years ago in 1941 so maybe it’s time for anew imagining for a modern audience.
You can view the somewhat tear-jerking trailer below.
Dumbo will be released in the UK on the 29th March 2019.
We will keep you updated with any further news as it happens.
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