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From princess movies to Star Wars to Marvel, it seems like Disney is always in the news for its new movies. In 2019, however, Disney will not be bringing a whole new story to life but putting a new twist on one of its classics.

Most Disney fans are familiar with the animated film “Dumbo,” the story of an outcast baby elephant with oversized ears who learns to soar. In keeping with the pattern of remaking classics with a live-action cast, Disney has just released the first trailer for the new, live-action version of “Dumbo.” Available information about the 2019 live-action version of “Dumbo” states that the film is “inspired by” or “based on” the original animated movie, but is not a pure remake of the 1941 classic. Instead, the film is set to act as an “expansion to the original film…[while] also serving as a live-action adaptation of the 1941 animated original.” The synopsis for the 2019 “Dumbo” shows clearly that, while the basic storyline still follows the rise of an outcast baby elephant with oversized ears, the details of the story have been altered. New characters have been added and some, such as Timothy Mouse, appear to have been removed.

“Dumbo” stars Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton and Eva Green as the main human characters and members of the same struggling circus as Dumbo. Farrell plays a one armed war veteran who “was once a circus start” before he returned “terribly altered” by his experiences in war. Farrell’s character, Holt Farrier, is hired by Danny DeVitor’s character, circus owner Max Medici, to “take care of Dumbo, a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him the laughingstock of the struggling circus troupe.” Dumbo’s incredible powers of flight are discovered not by a hungover Timothy Mouse but by Hold’s children. In response to the discovery, “silver-tongued entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere,” who is played by Michael Keaton, and “aerial artist Colette Marchant,” played by Eva Green, “swoop in to make the little elephant a star.”

Disney has received mixed responses to their recent string of live-animation remakes which included “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book” and “Beauty and the Beast.” “Dumbo,” however, appears to be taking a new direction with the classic story. Take a look at the trailer online now, and decide whether this film will manage to fly or if it will end up crashing into the pie filling.


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