First Reactions From Disney’s Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ Screening
The social media embargo for Disney’s live-action adaptation of Dumbo has lifted and the first reactions have hit the web. Check them out below.
#Dumbo is one of my favorite live action adaptations so far! It pays tribute to the animated movie very beautifully, but is completely new and fresh. Dumbo is ADORABLE. And the film is full of suspense, wonder, and -of course – tear jerker moments galore 🙌🏼
— Sarah Sterling (@SarahSterling_) March 12, 2019
I enjoyed #Dumbo. Fantastic art/production design, a surprising/necessary pro-animal rights message. One of the best live action films Burton has directed in years. Unlike most Disney adaptations, its in the unique position to be 35% an adaptation and 65% a sequel, which is cool. pic.twitter.com/Yqzbl7uY3Q
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) March 12, 2019
#Dumbo has a blessedly surprising pro-animal rights agenda wrapped in a subtle, rebellious meta-commentary on a band of outsiders shaking up a corporate establishment. Its aesthetic design is dazzling, gorgeous & meticulous. The CG elephant is absolutely adorable. pic.twitter.com/hN0gjHUiv4
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) March 12, 2019
— Jessica McDonald (@healthy_mouse) March 12, 2019
#DUMBO soars. My favorite live-action Disney remake yet! From the gorgeous blend of goth and whimsy to the sequence in which Dumbo replaces his trunk with a 32 inch machete and has an affair with a bored housewife, the Tim Burton we know and love is FINALLY back in full force🐘❤️
— Ben Mekler (@benmekler) March 12, 2019
#Dumbo’s costume and production design make it a pure joy to watch. Burton has created a world that’s colorful, imaginative, and whimsy. Though the adult characters don’t bring anything to the table, Parker and Hobbins, and fully rendered CG Dumbo save it from being a disaster. pic.twitter.com/XTBrXEzk8d
— Michael Lee (@IamMichaelJLee) March 12, 2019
#Dumbo the character is quite cute. But unfortunately, though it looks great, the movie lacks the sincerity and heart that made the animated original a classic. Too manufactured, and it’s super talented cast is a bit wasted on paper thin characters and relationships. -Mike M
— The Nerds of Color (@TheNerdsofColor) March 12, 2019
I really enjoyed #Dumbo . It’s a beautiful and whimsical movie, starring a CGI elephant with so much heart. It’s also a rather simple tale, so don’t expect tons of character septh. But I still had a blast with the ride it took me on and it’s the best Burton’s been in years. pic.twitter.com/tKu6eHfKlM
— Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) March 12, 2019
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.
Directed by Tim Burton from a script written by Ehren Kruger, Dumbo stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, and Alan Arkin.
Ehren Kruger (The Ring, Arlington Road, Scream 3) wrote the screenplay and is also producing the project with Katterli Frauenfelder, Derek Frey and Justin Springer (Prom). Longtime Burton collaborator Danny Elfman is set to score the film.
Dumbo will fly into theaters March 29, 2019.