Not so Dumbo

Originally released by Disney in 1941, Dumbo has now been completely recreated for the twenty-first century. Released March 29, 2019, Dumbo tells the story of a post World War One circus family discovering a baby elephant and his amazing talent to fly. The storyline follows the struggle of trying to keep Dumbo safe between entertainers who are eager to abuse Dumbo’s unique ability. The family is faced with making daring decisions that will affect the outcome of Dumbo’s future.

Just before the public discovery of Dumbo’s talent, his mother is sold from the circus. The emotional effect on Dumbo brought new characters to the floor. Two children vow to help reunite Dumbo with his mother, which proves a difficult task while under the tyrannical thumb of their family’s new employer. As a classically depicted underdog themed family movie, Dumbo shows the audience the importance of family and fighting for those you care about. Throughout the film, perspective changes between the two children’s bond with Dumbo, and their father’s bond with them, giving viewers both an adult and childlike view of the story. The film showcases the emotional bond between animals and people, while keeping viewers at the edge of their seat, with the deep outlining music surrounding the most suspenseful scenes.

First written by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl, the esteemed director, Tim Burton, set himself to work on creating a film that would dazzle and amaze young viewers for years to come, while keeping the classic alive. Starring Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Finley Hobbins and Nico Parker as the protagonists, against the greedy owner of the Dreamland Amusement Park, played by Michael Keaton. This was Danny DeVito’s third time in the making of a circus-themed, DeVito said, “I believe this is the completion of the Circus Trilogy.” showing Burton’s attention to casting detail and roles he knew they would fit.


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