This morning, Disney released the first teaser trailer for Tim Burton’s live action rendition of Dumbo (see below for the trailer!!). When the film’s arrival was confirmed at last year’s D23 event in California, I was calm, cool, and collected as an be – as I bounced around shouting “IT’S HAPPENING. IT’S SO HAPPENING AND IT’S COMING AND I CAN’T WAIT.”….ahem. I’m better now, I promise. Don’t know what came over me!
Dumbo was first released on October 23, 1941, so it celebrated its 75th anniversary in October 2016. This is not a young movie. It was created in a different time by people who had a different mindset than movie-goers today. The film is not without controversy, but that’s a topic for another time. Bottom line is that I think this is a great pick for a film deserving of a refresh.
As far back as I can remember, Dumbo has always been my favorite Disney movie and Disney character. I don’t know how it started and I don’t even remember the first time I saw the movie. It’s like Dumbo has always been a part of me, and something about the unusual, big-eared, baby elephant weaseled its way into my heart and never left. Dumby is my buddy.
Of course, that means this news about a new Dumbo movie makes me thrilled, but also comes with some apprehension. What if they “mess it up.” Obviously, that’s ridiculous since Dumbo is Disney’s, so even if they do something I may not agree with, they can’t really mess it up. They’re in charge. Still, my opinion totally matters! At least, it does to me.
Dumbo will hit theaters on March 29, 2019. Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton, Nico Parker, Finely Hobbins, Roshan Seth, DeObai Oparei, Sharon Rooney, and Douglas Reith will all be popping up in this rethought classic – a mix of old and new faces on the big screen.
Disney has had some amazing success recently releasing some favorites in their live-action form with Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and, most recently, Beauty and the Beast. Aladdin and the Lion King are both on the way and I couldn’t be more thrilled (Will Smith as Genie?!?!? SO EXCITED), and there is even more to come. The crisp beauty of these films shows exactly why it’s ok to tell a well-worn story over again. There’s simply no way Disney could do in 1941 what we can do now with the technology at our fingertips. I mean, just look at how incredibly stunning those animals were in The Jungle Book! Need I talk about the mind-blowing final creation of Beast?? I mean, they brought a teacup to life and it looked like a real teacup!!!
Tim Burton will, without a doubt, show his style in Dumbo and bring something completely new to this 3-ring circus (ha! See what I did there???). The spooky, goosebump-raising tone of “Baby Mine” guarantees that. We’ll definitely see something we’ve never seen before.
What am I hoping for? I’m hoping for an avenue to bring this story back to life and introduce a completely new audience to the idea that “different is great.” I’d like to see this new Dumbo and recognize him as my old friend. I’m hoping for at least hat-tips back to the old story, but retold in a visually stunning format.
New Disney movies mean so much to me because they give me a little bubble I can go to for a couple of hours, no matter where I am, or how far away my next Disney trip is. And while I watch, I can step back into the mind of my younger self and get reminded that magic can be real, even if it doesn’t come from where you’d expect.
So, I say, let’s start the countdown, because when this movie is released on March 29, 2019, you all know where I’ll be. Dumbo will be reminding us, “Don’t just fly, soar.”
Thanks @magicalshannonmarie for the use of her photo in this post. Also, thank you to Disney Movie Trailers for the trailer!