Disney drops teaser trailer for live action 'Dumbo'

Brenda Watkins
June 13, 2018

Directed by Tim Burton, whose previous work with Disney includes The Nightmare Before Christmas and Frankenweenie, Dumbo is about a sad circus elephant who gets picked on for having enormous ears; also, his only friend is a mouse, he gets drunk and sees terrifying pink elephants, and Mama Dumbo sings maybe the saddest song in the Disney canon to her son, "Baby Mine".

Walt Disney Pictures has released the first trailer and poster for their live-action remake of the 1941 animated classic Dumbo. Will Burton find similar success with his next Disney tentpole, "Dumbo"?

Another Disney live-action teaser trailer, another slow and sad version of a classic song. The teaser may also suggest this could be a return to form for the filmmaker. "The original ends with the elephant flying", DeVito said previously. Burton's first extensive use of CGI for Disney came in the 2010 film "Alice in Wonderland".

It's been a couple of years since Burton released a film, his most recent being Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children in 2016.

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The original Dumbo was only 64 minutes long, an intentionally short and rather simplistic film made nearly exclusively to balance out the losses Disney incurred on the elaborate Fantasia.

Tim Burton's all-new live-action "Dumbo" soars into theatres March 2019. But the adorable baby elephant's big ears enable him to fly, thus making him a sensation that draws the attention of V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), the owner of a successful attraction called Dreamland, where Dumbo stars alongside Colette.

The first trailer shows off some typically lavish production design from Burton, largely focusing on the circus setting.

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