Review: Dumbo

Before you take your children to see the new CGI live action remake of Dumbo, directed by Tim Burton, watch the original cartoon classic. Then you will hopefully notice some subtle references to the 1941 version including the storks and the pink elephants.

Tim Burton has a unique way of story telling and captures the adventures of Dumbo the flying elephant. The sadness around the separation of Dumbo and his mother may cause some tears so bring tissues but know the story will become happier along the way!

This adaptation focuses on animal rights as the cartoon also did, with the main circus performers and family expressing strong emotions and care for the animals. It will teach your children how the world’s view of animals held in captivity and circuses have changed especially over the last century.

Music from the original film has been adapted for a modern audience and those who remember the songs from the original will pick up on some familiar Disney tunes throughout the remake.

Even with CGI, Dumbo is still a very adorable baby elephant with big, floppy ears and you will fall in love with him all over again.

Fun fact: Like many Disney movies, the story of Dumbo also has pre-Disney history as it was a book by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl that they later sold to Disney.

Keep an eye out for Aladdin and The Lion King, which will also be released later this year.

Stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green and Alan Arkin.

Review by Bronwen Hartas

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