The first trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of Dumbo has arrived, and it promises what could be yet another solidly entertaining, visually resplendent retelling of a vintage Disney animation.
Directed by Tim Burton, Dumbo is the latest in a spate of live-action remakes that Disney has made of its own classic properties, following Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book and Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast, all of which have been major hits for the Mouse House.
The trailer shows off Dumbo’s all-star cast, which includes Eva Green, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Colin Farrell.
Farrell takes the lead as Holt Farrier, an ex-circus star who returns home from war and is given the task of taking care of ‘Dumbo’, a newborn circus elephant with oversized ears. Keaton takes on villain duties, as the mysterious industrialist who takes an interest in Dumbo when he learns the animal can fly.
The first look at Dumbo hints at something that’s typical late-career Burton: CGI-heavy, aesthetically somewhere between candy-coloured and gothic, and unapologetically quirky. The third Disney production for Burton, following his own short stint as an animator there early in his career (before he was, um, fired), Dumbo is well in the director’s wheelhouse as a tale of oddballs and outsiders.
Dumbo is just one of three live-action Disney movies due for release next year, with Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin and Jon Favreau’s The Lion King set to follow in quick succession. Dumbo is scheduled for release on March 29, 2019, with Aladdin to follow in May and The Lion King in July.