Fall into a new fantasy adventure of the Disney Classic ‘Dumbo’. From 1941 to 2019, Tim Burton reimagines this emotional tale of a circus and an elephant whose looks are different from others. Ridiculed and misunderstood by its large ears, the baby elephant has to perform for laughs. But soon, they discover this calf is only one that has a secret talent: it can fly!
As we all know, Disney Classics are coming out as live-action films quicker than anything – maybe not as quick as Marvel at the minute, but you get my point. From ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to the waiting of the new ‘Lion King’; ‘Dumbo’ has been released as a live-action film to reminisce all the way back to 1941. I don’t know about anyone else, but ‘Dumbo’ hasn’t been one that I always jump too when I watch Disney Classics, but after watching this remake, it only intrigues me to re-watch the film I’ve seen so many years ago! As it’s been a while, I can’t comment on the similarities between the two, but I do believe, as you would always assume, Tim Burton has put his magical twist to reinvent this wonderful tale.
This is truly a beautiful tale; it is so emotional! The graphics are phenomenal in bringing in the life of the circus, you become invested in this adorable little elephant. An elephant whose emotions are felt by the whole audience, and you can’t not have a little tear up when he’s feeling down. And understandably so! This elephant goes through a lot!
Furthermore, I thought the addition of these excellent actors who pave the way for Dumbo’s journey is also magnificent. The two children, Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) Farrier have an adorable love for the elephant as we watch them teach him how to fly. And I cannot forget the flawed character of the circus leader, Max Medici, whose want for greed and money, transfers into him discovering the need of a family. I only mention this character due to the brilliance of its actor, Danny DeVito, bringing this character to life in the forefront of the circus. But also, he has the comical unwanted duo sketch with the rebellious monkey. All the personalities in this film have deeper real-life challenges, which only brings the characters to life in a more realistic way on screen. This is not only a film of an elephant, but one of a family in a circus altogether.
This remake definitely has a deeper emotional moral embedded into the film. It feels real to watch, making it become even more hard-hitting of how animals can be treated. It’s a film that paints a moral of looking after our animals and ending animal cruelty. Don’t be expecting a film to have a good laugh, instead it becomes one of drama and chaos, but brilliance and satisfying to the end. Watch as all the characters develop in spirit and personality throughout the film, as new enemies rise and old challenges have to be faced. If that doesn’t make you want to watch this magical film, just watch the sheer spirit in little Dumbo and his feather.