Today we got our first look at the live-action Dumbo film and it’s quite sad. Directed by Tim Burton, the film will see Disney attempt to adapt the story of a baby elephant with giant ears being able to fly. And it does. But it’s a dark, sad road get there.

What we know is that Holt (Colin Farrell) is a war veteran whose been tasked by the circus owner (Danny DeVito) to take care of the small elephant. Holt’s children take a liking to Dumbo and find out that he can fly. V. A. Vandemere (Michael Keaton) aquires the circus in order to exploit the baby elephant and his talent. While we see the children taking a liking to the elephant in the trailer, we don’t learn much else. But boy if they didn’t make the seperation between the mother elephant and Dumbo even MORE upsetting. All while set to a sad, dreamy version of “Baby Mine” – I’m crying already.

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It looks like the film will have the children be Dumbo’s companion instead of the mouse in the animated film. But the question remains – are they going to get Dumbo drunk again in the film? Those pesky pink elephants were there! And with Burton’s resume, you can bet your bottom that scene will be even more scary if anything like the original. There are two hangups I have with the film (already). One, Dumbo’s eyes remind me of anime eyes. I’m sorry but they do. And two, I do hope this isn’t yet another film that romanticizes the circus because it seems like it is and that’s disappointing. We should be happy that there’s no more animal cruelty in entertainment, not long for it back. I digress. You can bet that this film will be an emotional roller coaster like the original!

Did you notice the mini Batman reunion? You’ll have to check out the trailer below and let us know what you think! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more Disney news.

From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.

Dumbo flies into theaters March 29, 2019.


Erin Lynch