We are heartless bitches who feel nothing, but perhaps this will push the buttons labeled “Nostalgia” and “Childlike Awe” in your psyche:
We are truly being a bit heartless about this, because honesty compels us to admit that this trailer certainly makes this look like a high-quality production, if not a well-crafted and uplifting film in the grand classical tradition. Sure, the realistically rendered cartoon proportions look weird and vaguely nauseating to us, but we suppose that’s just a matter of taste. It occurred to us that we’re almost certainly not the audience for this one, because Dumbo’s not really all that familiar a story to us. We actually had to go to Wikipedia to look up the plot. What can we say? It’s been decades since we saw it.
Anyway, this seems like Tim Burton getting to play with all his favorite toys, which is always a fun prospect. Disney’s all about raiding its own vaults and re-doing old stories for modern audiences these days, it seems. We don’t really know if anyone was truly clamoring for a Dumbo update, but that’s why God invented teaser trailers, darlings.
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.
Tim Burton’s all-new live-action Dumbo, coming to theatres March 2019.
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