Disney is starting to get the formula well and truly down for their live-action remakes. Step 1: Take well known director and have them put their spin on classic animated film. Step 2: Have a musician rerecord a classic song from said animated film in a creepy and unsettling way. Step 3: Take well known actors and include them in the trailer so that people who flat out said they’d never watch a remake are suddenly interested (I blame Eva Green).
The new teaser trailer is just enough Disney and just enough Tim Burton to be of interest. The settings look spectacular, and thanks to all that work trying to capture the early 1900’s of America with the Marvel films, the set is just enough fantastical and realistic to fit the bill. The Dumbo remake looks a great deal like the movie Big Fish. I’m not exactly sure this adaptation is going to be safe for small children, but we’ll see.
Dumbo stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Finley Hobbins, and Nico Parker, but there were definitely more famous faces in the trailer.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
Disney’s Dumbo comes to theaters March 2019.