Disney’s 1941 animated classic gets a colourful new take here, with gorgeous-looking visuals and a cast that includes Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito. The plot, in case you don’t know, follows a young elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in a struggling circus. The circus owner (DeVito) and star (Farrell) soon learn that the elephant is more than just his ears; he can fly. It doesn’t take long before a persuasive entrepreneur (Keaton) has the animal in his sights.
It’s certainly easy to approach these constant adaptations/reboots with a bit of trepidation and an eye-roll, but done well, there’s no reason they can’t be exciting new takes on classic stories. At least from the trailer below, the new Dumbo looks like a grand production with heart, so fingers firmly crossed we get an on-point Burton here.
Disney’s live-action redos have certainly paid off for them so far, so it’s no surprise to see them looking to adapt almost their entire library. Among the adaptations on the way: Aladdin, The Lion King and Mulan.
Dumbo, also starring Finley Hobbins and Nico Parker, will be in Aussie cinemas on 28 March 2019 and US cinemas on March 29 2019.
Disney’s official synopsis for Dumbo:
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.