There are very few things in this world that made me cry, I’m a serial killer and overall horror fanatic, but Disney really knows how to get my goat. Every movie I remember crying to, looking at you Bambi, have been straight from Walt’s Workshop. I am here to tell the world, I’ll be crying again in 2019 because the Dumbo remake is coming hard and fast. March 29th, 2019 is the day our favorite elephant returns to the silver screen.
For those unaware of this classic, Dumbo was the fourth animated movie created by Disney and follow the tale of an elephant named Jumbo Jr. His large ears are ridiculed by all and grant him the nickname Dumbo, think of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer only a different part of the face, but Dumbo’s ears are special. They allow him to fly, a feat no ordinary elephant can do, thus turning his depression around and making him a hero.
This live-action remake is being directed by Tim Burton and of course Danny Elfman will score the music. The cast is very diverse and includes: Colin Farrell as Holt Farrier; Michael Keaton as V.A. Vandemere; Danny DeVito as Max; Eva Green as Colette Marchant; Alan Arkin as J. Griffin Remington; and many more. Overall, the star power is immense, and it’ll be interesting to see if the 2019 version will live up to the classic.
If you’re reading this, you probably already found the information you’re looking for, the release date is above as well as the cast, however, I think it’s important to know where it all began. The Dumbo we know today is based on a toy called the Roll-A-Book and was written by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl. A Roll-A-Book was almost a precursor to the modern tablet. A little box would house a scroll and children would turn a dial to bring the paper forward. This allowed individuals to have the pages move as they read, as if it were a movie. The Disney team was exhausted after creating Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Fantasia. They decided the story of the spectacular flying elephant would still make them big bucks but also be simple enough to give the team a break.
In the end, Dumbo was originally aired in 1941 and 78 years later we are still smitten. It will be interesting to see Tim Burton’s style incorporated to a well-known classic, he did a lovely job on Alice and Wonderland, and I expect Dumbo will also have raving reviews. I look forward to crying and stuffing my face with popcorn as Jumbo Jr. discovers his true potential.