Tim Burton started his profession as an animator at Disney, and his 2010 live-action remake of “Alice in Wonderland” grossed greater than $1 billion worldwide. Now the studio is entrusting the director with one other of its cherished titles, “Dumbo,” and a shock teaser has simply dropped.
Set to a dreamy model of “Baby Mine” from the unique 1941 cartoon, the visually spectacular trailer introduces Colin Farrell as Holt Farrier, a one-armed struggle veteran who, together with his two youngsters, discovers the titular, big-eared elephant. After Dumbo reveals off his flying abilities, the pachyderm helps save a small circus.
But Mr. Burton brings a sometimes darkish twist to the story, as Dumbo is enlisted to look on the sarcastically named Dreamland, a brand new leisure mega-complex with a nightmarish underbelly.
The movie reunites the director with Michael Keaton from “Batman” and “Beetlejuice,” and the actor’s nemesis from “Batman Returns,” Danny DeVito (a.okay.a. the Penguin), as circus house owners. Eva Green, who starred in Mr. Burton’s “Dark Shadows” and “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” additionally seems as an aerialist. Alan Arkin, who performs a Wall Street mogul, just isn’t seen within the trailer.
“Dumbo” lands in theaters on March 29, 2019.