Disney have released the teaser trailer for their live-action Dumbo movie. First released in 1941, the animated Dumbo tells the story of the baby elephant with enlarged ears who, with the help of his friend, Timothy Mouse, learns to fly. Dumbo is Disney's shortest animated movie, at just 64 minutes, but the story has been expanded upon in the new live-action version, set to be released in March, 2019.
Directed by Tim Burton, from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger, Dumbo celebrates differences and focuses on the themes of family and dreams coming true; values that are inherent to the house of mouse. Danny DeVito stars as circus owner Max Medici, who 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. 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.
Take a look at the teaser for Dumbo, above, and the one-sheet below.
The Dumbo teaser also includes a new version of the classic song from the movie, 'Baby Mine,' performed by Norwegian singer-songwriter, Aurora. The song will be a familiar tear-jerker to many, who will remember Mrs. Jumbo singing it to baby Dumbo through the bars of her cage. Indeed, the live-action Dumbo looks set to be equally as emotive; the teaser briefly shows Dumbo's mom being taken away in a circus wagon, and Dumbo being left scared and alone. It will also (hopefully) be a tale of real heart, though. Dumbo is all about overcoming all the odds and finding confidence in oneself, something that will surely resonate with the family audience.
With Burton as director, Dumbo promises to be a magical visual spectacular, too. Although only shown very briefly, there is a shot of the pink elephants that Dumbo sees when he accidentally gets drunk, a scene that was in equal parts amusing and terrifying in the animated movie. No doubt Burton has expanded upon that even more. Dumbo joins Pete's Dragon, Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, and Cinderella on the list of live-action reimaginings that Disney have tackled in recent years, with many more to come. Mulan, Aladdin and The Lion King already have release dates set, while The Little Mermaid, Pinocchio, and Snow White remakes are also reported to be in the works.
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