Burton Takes Dumbo To New Heights
We had the pleasure of attending a press screening of the new live-action Disney film, Dumbo.
This film stars familiar faces such as Danny DeVito, Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton. Alan Arkin, and Eva Green. It also includes child actors Finley Hobbins and Nico Parker.
It’s directed by Tim Burton, and is very “Burton-esque”. It includes some of the original Dumbo storyline, but has much added content recreating the classic. Burton takes Dumbo to new heights.
The film incorporates state-of-the-art visual effects, which features a very realistic CGI verson of Dumbo – big ears and all. Unlike the original, the animals in this version do not speak.
Typical of Disney, the set was amazing. From the opening scene, with Casey Jr. (the circus train) chugging through farmland, through later scenes in what is known as Dreamland, the visuals were captivating.
Danny Elfman collaborated with Burton as the film’s music composer. This is he and Burton’s 17th film together. You’ll hear a few of the original Dumbo songs, such as “Baby Mine.”
Unlike most Disney films, it didn’t have me sobbing. I did, however, shed a few tears. It included some heartwarming moments, but wasn’t sappy. Dumbo was cute, but it isn’t a cutesy film.
I took our six year old, eleven year old, and fourteen year old to the screening. Each of them enjoyed it, but in my opinion, this film is best for ages 8 and up. There were some intense moments, and it runs a bit long for the attention span of most young children.
We have some free Dumbo printables, including coloring pages, a maze, a zoetrope, and more available for download, HERE. Many thanks to Disney for sharing these with us, to pass along to you!
Here’s the official trailer for the film:
Dumbo is rated PG, and runs for 1 hour and 52 minutes. The U.S release date is Friday, March 29th, 2019. Perhaps we’ll see you there.
P.S. “Let’s get ready for Dumbo!!!”. – You’ll understand once you see the film. 😉