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. (synopsis (c) Coming Soon)
As I’ve said before, I am not entirely convinced that Disney’s holy crusade to turn all its animation classics into live action films is entirely a good thing.
Not because I don’t think the resulting films will be any good but because it means that a lot of original ideas which might have made utterly-captivating films will likely never see the light of day.
But I am not Disney’s accountant, and I am not the one setting their schedule (so you can’t blame me) so we’re stuck with what’s coming down the pike; thankfully, Dumbo, a live action recreation of the much-loved 1941 animated feature, gives every indication, thus far at least, of being a emotionally-resonant retelling of the story.
These just-released character posters are in keeping with the overall lush retro look of the film which promises the kind of hearttugging storytelling for which the Mouse House is justly renowned.
Dumbo releases on 28 March in Australia and 29 March in USA and UK.