Disney has launched the first trailer for Dumbo, the upcoming live-action remake directed by Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands).
The tale follows a young elephant with oversized ears. He’s the laughingstock of the struggling circus he joins, until he demonstrates an incredible skill: he can fly. He soon joins an exciting, extravagant new entertainment venture, which may not be as wonderful as it first appears.
The house of the mouse has been raking in the dough with their live-action redos over the last few years, and Dumbo should prove to be another hit. It’s a lovely little trailer, which wisely keeps much under wraps and doesn’t rely on selling its stars, showcasing a sweet and even haunting tone. The beloved animated classic certainly has some depressing moments, so expect Burton to hit you with a wallop as you root for this poor animal. At least according to this writer, Burton hasn’t given us a great film in a number of years – save for, perhaps, Frankenweenie – so here’s hoping Dumbo puts him back in fine form.
Dumbo, starring Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Finley Hobbins and Nico Parker, flies into Aussie cinemas on 28 March 2019 and US cinemas on March 29 2019.
Official synopsis for Dumbo:
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.