Michael Keaton is positively menacing as the ruthless business tycoon opposite Danny DeVito's small-time circus owner and Colin Farrell as the father of Dumbo's new human friends.
"Dumbo" was always one of most heartbreaking of the Disney classics, and it looks like the remake is ready to pull those heartstrings again.
The new trailer for the latest in Disney's live-action retreads of their classic library is visually stunning, but it's the emotional wallop it packs that really makes it hit home. Dumbo remains one of the most innocent and sweetest characters in all of cinema, being manipulated and pushed around by almost everyone who knows him.
And we dare anyone to stand up and say they didn't tear up when Dumbo and his mother were separated, and then cry triumphantly when they stole a few moments together through the barred window, trunk to trunk. If you're standing up, you're a liar. Now sit down!
And while you're there, you might want to grab a tissue, because it might be even more heartbreaking in this new version of the film, and we've only seen a couple of trailers so far. The animation work on Dumbo is nothing short of divine, with the little guy emoting so expressively without a single word spoken (a Disney rarity).
Tim Burton's reimagining of the film -- and book it was based on -- appears to be bringing out the best in its stars as well, with Danny DeVito perfectly embodying the small-time circus owner who appears to care, while Michael Keaton looks downright menacing as the rich bitch who buys DeVito out.
This trailer gives us our first real glimpse of these characters in action, as well as the father of the central kids, played with earnest gusto by Colin Farrell, and the woman we all know he's going to fall in love with, portrayed by Eva Green.
Burton and his team have done a beautiful job of evoking a different era, striking what appears to be the perfect balance between the fantastical world of "Dumbo" as the story of a flying elephant with the more traditional and grounded story of corporate greed at odds with basic humanity.
Already, we're rooting for Dumbo to not only find his inner greatness, but to be reunited with his mother and get the happy ending he so happily deserves. We're just worried about how much he'll have to suffer first, and how many tears we'll have to shed enduring it with him
"Dumbo" stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins. Directed by Tim Burton, it is scheduled to hit theaters on March 29, 2019.
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