Tim Burton is the latest director to reimagine one of Disney’s classic cartoons, and the teaser trailer for Dumbo released today (June 13) shows what he’s done with it.
Gone is the technicolor animation and the crows of the 1941 original, replaced by live action and real-life characters played by Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton. The latter has collaborated with Burton before, of course, in Beetlejuice and Batman; this time he’ll play V.A. Vandermere, a ruthless entrepreneur who buys Dreamland, the circus Dumbo lives in.
The story does sound more complicated than the original, which ran for a little over an hour. A war veteran called Holt Farrier (Farrell) returns to the circus to find things changed, and is put in charge of a baby elephant with big ears by the owner (DeVito). Somehow a French trapeze artist (Penny Dreadful‘s Eva Green), a Wall Street tycoon (Oscar winner Alan Arkin) and Holt’s children also feature.
All of them are briefly visible in the trailer, and we even get a glimpse of the famous “pink elephants” sequence. What’s particularly evident though is that this is most definitely a Tim Burton movie, from the fantasy gothic aesthetic to the highly stylized design. Watch to see what we mean:
Dumbo opens in U.S. theaters on March 29, 2019.
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