Disney Shares Footage of Tim Burton's DUMBO and New Details Are Revealed

As a fan of Tim Burton, I've been very excited about seeing how his live-action film adaptation of Dumbo would turn out. Then while attending the Disney presentation at CinemaCon, the studio shared a featurette for the film that included interviews with the cast and crew as well as the first footage from the film, and it looks absolutely wonderful!

The movie has a great cast that includes Colin Ferrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and Eva Green, and up until this point, all the info we've had on the film comes from this synopsis:

Disney’s new live-action feature film Dumbo introduces Holt Farrier (Farrell), a former circus star who finds his life turned upside down when he returns from the war. Circus owner Max Medici (DeVito) enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when Holt’s children (Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins) discover that Dumbo can fly, persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Keaton) and an aerial artist named Colette Marchant (Green) swoop in to make the peculiar pachyderm a star.

The movie is said to be an expansion of the first film. It's a new story for Dumbo that we haven't been told before. In the video, Danny Devito explained:

"The original ends with the elephant flying. This one begins with that and goes even further."

The footage then offers us a POV shot of Dumbo flying in the circus tent and we see the awe and wonder in the faces of the people who are watching. We never see any actual footage of Dumbo because the studio wants to hold off on that big reveal. They did show a still shot of the character though, that you can see in the Tweet below. 

The footage also shows Devito's character amusingly scolding his circus employees for not doing their job and also degrades the elephant. The circus is struggling and at one point Devito also approached the Strong Man of the show at one point and told him that he was now in charge of all the financial aspects of the circus, which left the strong man confused. Ferrell goes on to explain that Dumbo will bring Devito's character closer to his kids.

I loved the visual style of the movie as well. Out of all Tim Burton's movies, the style reminded me most of Big Fish. It's just very vibrant and colorful! I loved what I saw in this little presentation and I can't wait to see more!

Dumbo is scheduled to hit theaters on March 29, 2019.

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