I can't handle the idea of crying to "Baby Mine" another time, so thank you to Disney and director Tim Burton for making this new Dumbo trailer more upbeat and humorous. Disney is calling this a "sneak peek" but it's not a standalone scene, it's more like another trailer, with new footage mixed with some previous shots from the past teasers. Check it out:
I'll take it! As you can see, the 1-minute video is more lively and funny than past trailers, complete with a joke about a monkey in the desk "just for emergencies."
Dumbo is one of several Disney live-action remakes coming out this year, including Aladdin and the CGI-ed The Lion King. It does seem like Dumbo is taking the most liberties from its classic animated film. We still get to see the adorable elephant fly, but there's a lot more going on with the humans around him.
In Tim Burton's 2019 Dumbo, Colin Farrell plays war veteran and former circus star Holt Farrier, who is hired by circus owner Medici (Danny DeVito) to care for the newborn elephant. Michael Keaton plays the ruthless V.A. Vandemere, with Eva Green as French trapeze artist Colette Marchant, and Alan Arkin as Wall Street tycoon J. Griffin Remington. Young Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins play Holt's son and daughter.
The word "fun" isn't always associated with Dumbo, which -- along with Bambi -- is known for being one of the more emotional Disney classics. Dumbo is a naturally sad and troubling story, and with Tim Burton as director you know he's going to play to the dark edges. But he's also likely to find the whimsy, wonder, and heart. We've already had a taste of that in the trailers.
Here's Disney's full synopsis for the 2019 Dumbo movie:
Holt (Colin Farrell) was once a circus star but he went off to war and when he returned, it had terribly altered him. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) hires him to take care of Dumbo, a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him the laughing stock of the struggling circus troupe. But when Holt's children discover that Dumbo can fly, entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), and aerial artist Colette Marchant (Eva Green) swoop in to make the little elephant a star.