A new sneak peak for Tim Burton's Dumbo gives fans a better look at their favorite flying elephant. With so many live-action Disney adaptations coming out this year, it's easy some to get lost in the shuffle. But Disney's been keeping the return of lovable misfit Dumbo on audience's minds with a series of trailers and sneak peaks. They've also been reminding potential viewers that this Dumbo is less an adaptation and more a retelling. But that doesn't make his teasers any less magical.
Dumbo is the next release in the long line of Disney live-action remakes. Like the 1941 original, Burton's Dumbo tells the tale of a baby elephant ostracized for being different. Thanks to some encouragement and a sudden burst of self-confidence, Dumbo proves that what makes him stand out is what makes him special. It's the type of tale that sounds like it would fit in nicely in Burton's wheelhouse. And like a previous Disney/Burton collaboration, Burton is once again taking a familiar tale and making it his own. Burton's Dumbo tells the story of the Farrier family, staring Holt Farrier played by Colin Farrell, who care for Dumbo and are pitted against V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton) who wants to absorb Dumbo into his business venture, Dreamland.
Some of the changes can be seen in the new sneak peak released by Disney. Along with the lack of talking animals, fans get to see Dumbo soar multiple times. Unlike the original, which concluded with Dumbo learning to fly, Burton's Dumbo already has his flying act down. If the sneak peak is anything to go by, audiences will get plenty of chances to observe Dumbo's world-famous aerobatics.
Each new look provides a better sense of just how far Dumbo will be straying from the source material. But that might not be a bad thing. The original Dumbo was only 64 minutes long and held a couple of stereotypical characters (the crows), all of which make a straight adaptation difficult. Plus, with so many other remakes in the works, audiences may welcome a new take on a familiar story.
Going his own way has worked for Burton in the past. He chose to forgo a remake, choosing to create his own story when he directed the live-action Alice in Wonderland back in 2010. That film grossed over $1 billion worldwide, proving that live-action adaptations could be profitable for Disney. While financial success doesn't necessarily mean a film is good, it is an encouraging sign that the wonder of Disney can blend with Burton's unique style of whimsy and weird. However, Burton's last few films have received more of a lukewarm response from critics and audiences. So it is understandable that fans may be waiting to see if Burton can recapture the magic that made the original Dumbo so beloved.
Source: Walt Disney Studios