Dumbo soars into theaters soon — hopefully with these three major changes!
What are you doing this year on March 29? We only ask because something HUGE is about to fly into theaters on that fateful Friday night! The live-action remake of Disney’s 1941 insta-classic, Dumbo, is coming to a theater near you. 2019’s reimagined Dumbo is in excellent company with live-action remakes like Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. Not to mention the upcoming reimaginings of Aladdin and The Lion King due out later this year! Sure, we’re hyped about Disney’s latest remake and have watched the all-too-brief trailer many times, but we do hope there are a few things they’ve changed–and updated–to keep it feeling relevant in the 21st century.
Fingers crossed that Timothy Q. Mouse makes his adorable way into the live-action remake of Dumbo! We have a soft spot for Dumbo’s best friend and protector. It was the clever mouse who gave Dumbo his magic feather, after all! Who we DON’T want to see return? The overtly racist crows. Just as Belle became more feminist in Beauty in the Beast, we hope Disney takes the racially insensitive crows in another direction.
Curiouser and curiouser, the original film starring Dumbo was just barely over an hour long. Can they stretch the story long enough to fit a modern 90-120-minute feature film length without losing audience interest? With Tim Burton at the helm, we’re sure he has a few ideas up his sleeve to not only engage audiences but surprise them with twists along the way. Burton’s cast includes acting heavyweights such as Colin Farrel, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and Alan Arkin. If anyone can pull off stretching runtime and without diluting the story, it’s these guys!
Ah, we’ve come to the elephant in the room! In 2016, the famous — or infamous — Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus retired all elephants, ending a 145-year tradition. Elephant participation in circus acts, though iconic, has become deeply controversial. Animal rights groups and activists for animal welfare lobbied for years to end wild animals performing in circuses. PETA has even petitioned director Burton for a different ending in 2019. Will the new live-action version Dumbo reunite mother and son? Let’s hope the flying baby pachyderm and Mrs. Jumbo are happily reunited and retire from circus life to enjoy life at an elephant sanctuary.
Will Dumbo pull off all the necessary changes to bring it up to date for the new century? We’ll have to wait until Friday, March 29 to find out. If a baby elephant can fly, then Dumbo the live-action movie can be faithful to the original while updating the classic film for a whole new generation!