The new trailer for Disney’s Dumbo shows us that Disney, Director Tim Burton, and all of the animators and actors involved appear to be hitting the right note for bringing this 1941 animated classic into 2019. The look and feel of the world they’re creating seems right from the short look we get at it here, and Dumbo and the other characters are looking spot-on as well.
If one were to quibble, I’d have to admit the “From the Imagination of Tim Burton” titling at the beginning feels a little jarring in the face of the lack of acknowledgement of the original creators. Especially so in the case of Otto Englander, the little-known screenwriter born in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1906 whose shock-and-awe list of credits for Disney tower over the subsequent decades, and include screenplays, adaptation, and story direction contributions for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Dumbo, among others. That’s a man who deserves more recognition.
This aside, this is a pitch-perfect trailer that has me looking forward to the film, which opens in theaters on March 29, 2019.
From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. A new trailer, images and poster are now available. The trailer features Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Finley Hobbins and Nico Parker.
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.