Disney has released a teaser trailer for their live-action Dumbo film, and it will warm your heart.
The original film was released in 1941, and tells the story of Dumbo, a baby elephant with enlarged ears who learns to fly, with the help if his friend, Timothy Mouse. It’s the House of Mouse’s shortest film, at a mere 64 minutes, but the story has been expanded on in the new live-action retelling, set to be released in March next year.
Directed by Tim Burton, and written by Ehren Kruger, Dumbo focuses on family and dreams coming true – the very essence of Disney. Starring Danny DeVito as circus owner Max Medici, the story sees him enlist the help of former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to help care for the new-born elephant whose enlarged ears have made him a laughingstock in the circus that is already struggling to get by.
However, when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus becomes a huge success, attracting the attention of entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton) who recruits the elephant for his newest entertainment venture, Dreamland. For a while, Dumbo is flying high alongside aerial artist Colette Marchant (Eva Green) until Holt comes to learn that beneath its shiny surface, Vandevere’s Dreamland is full of dark secrets.
The teaser also showcases a new take on the emotional song “Baby Mine” from the original film, performed by Norwegian singer-songwriter, Aurora. The live-action film looks to be just as emotional as the animation, as the teaser gives us a brief glimpse of Dumbo’s mother being taken away in a circus wagon, leaving her baby alone and scared.
With a director like Burton at the helm, Dumbo promises to be visually stunning, and although it only appears for a moment, we do get a shot of the pink elephant that Dumbo sees when he accidentally gets drunk. A scene that was both humorous and horrifying in the animated film, Burton will no doubt expand on the sequence with his signature dark magic.
Dumbo is set for release on March 29th, 2019.