Dumbo is one of the most memorable Disney animated films to ever come from the House of Mouse. As the fourth animated feature film Disney ever made, Dumbo is renowned for its humble characters, its striking imagery, and its eerie sequences - notably, the "Pink Elephants on Parade" - but the movie has also stirred up controversy over the years for its portrayal of hurtful clichés.
When Hollywood announced Tim Burton would be in charge of remaking Dumbo and adapting it as a live-action film, it appeared they'd found the perfect man for the job. The legendary director has already collaborated with Disney a handful of times, and his dark, unique style will be an interesting twist on this emotional story. While Disney has scheduled the movie's release for March 29, 2019, plenty has already been revealed about Burton's Dumbo movie.
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The narration perspective of the original 1941 Dumbo movie comes from the multitude of animals making up the cast. Although the baby elephant himself is mute, the talking creatures - such as Mrs. Jumbo, the crows, and Timothy Mouse - drive the story. In Burton's version, though, it appears as if no animals talk at all.
Burton's adaptation is a reimagining of the movie rather than a live-action reproduction; in the modern version, humans replace the animals in helping to deliver a more emotional performance. Fortunately for fans of the classic, the pink-elephants sequence will make a return.
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Burton is directing the Disney remake; this is his ninth collaboration with the company. Early in the director's career, Disney fired Burton for not fitting in with their family-friendly style. He provided some work and concept art for both The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron, but he made short films the Mouse House deemed too scary for kids.
As an established artist and director, though, he's gone on to have a hand in several films for Disney, including Frankenweenie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and James and the Giant Peach. Incidentally, Dumbo is Burton's second live-action remake of a Disney classic - he also directed Alice in Wonderland in 2010.
The Remake Will Not Promote The Stereotypes Of The 1941 OriginalPhoto: ©2018 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The original 1941 Dumbo has faced controversy for what many viewers have called out as discriminatory caricatures, subtle machismo, animal mistreatment, and other harmful social commentaries. But 2019 audiences hope Burton's vision will address and update these contentious story elements.
This includes potential backstories for the crows and other more sensitive portrayals of the diverse cast of humans and (CGI) animals.
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After Will Smith turned down the role, producers cast Colin Farrell as the lead in Dumbo. He plays Holt Farrier, a father whose children become obsessed with the baby elephant after the other circus animals shun him.
Farrier is a veteran employed at the circus to care for Dumbo. His children fall in love with the elephant while visiting their dad at work.