DUMBO new poster & UK trailer – Tim Burton updates a Disney animated classic into live action

DUMBO new poster & UK trailer – Tim Burton updates a Disney animated classic into live action

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In an age where the only animated movies being made are all CGI, Disney seems determined to make all of their classics into live action blockbusters with big names. And so far it’s worked out pretty well, even smashingly so in the case of CINDERELLA and BEAUTY & THE BEAST. Tim Burton previously helmed the live action update of ALICE IN WONDERLAND for the Mouse House, which was a huge success and even spawned a sequel. Now he’s helping deliver DUMBO into the live action realm, and it’s also filled with Burton alumni like Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and Eva Green, plus Colin Farrell, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins and Alan Arkin. While the 1941 animated classic may feel pretty dated by today’s standards, there are still scenes in there that get to me emotionally, and resonate with me on a personal level. I hope Burton can capture that feel and magic in his version, especially since I was not a fan of his ALICE IN WONDERLAND adaptation. I’m also a little concerned as the screenplay is by Ehren Krueger, who penned the last three TRANSFORMERS movies, and the live action GHOST IN THE SHELL (which bombed). The newest UK trailer below gives me even more hope than before, as it looks ridiculously sweet and wonderful, so we’ll see what the end result delivers next March. Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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 opens March 29, 2019

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.