Dumbo was one of the movies I remember vividly from my childhood. I remember watching it and being sad, and happy, and sad all over again. It’s one of those movies that sticks with you for some reason. 

The original Dumbo was released by Disney in 1941 and received good critical reception at the time. It wasn’t until much later that circuses started to become a source of controversy. 

Circuses have been a thing of controversy over the years due to the idea of animals in captivity and being ‘forced’ to perform or mistreated in some way. Now that Dumbo is coming to theaters as a live action film, will it be worth it? Will it be re-imagined in some way to make it more forward thinking? 

Whether the idea of a circus has been re-invented remains to be fully known, but what I’ve seen from the trailer so far does look promising, and I can say… I’m excited to see more. I am interested in seeing where the director, Tim Burton takes this movie because in the end, Dumbo really is a story about family, fulfilling your dreams, and celebrating what makes us all different!

Dumbo Synopsis

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 in theaters everywhere March 29th, 2019!