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Dumbo (2019)

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A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.

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Tim Burton

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Farrell ... Holt Farrier
Michael Keaton ... V. A. Vandevere
Danny DeVito ... Max Medici
Eva Green ... Colette Marchant
Alan Arkin ... J. Griffin Remington
Nico Parker ... Milly Farrier
Finley Hobbins Finley Hobbins ... Joe Farrier
Roshan Seth ... Pramesh Singh
Lars Eidinger ... Hans Brugelbecker
Deobia Oparei ... Rongo
Joseph Gatt ... Neils Skellig
Miguel Muñoz Segura ... Ivan the Wonderful
Zenaida Alcalde Zenaida Alcalde ... Catherine the Greater (as Zenaida Alcalde Alcalde)
Douglas Reith ... Sotheby
Phil Zimmerman ... Rufus Sorghum
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Storyline

Holt was once a circus star, but he went off to war and when he returned it had terribly altered him. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) hires him to take care of Dumbo, a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him the laughing stock of the struggling circus troupe. But when Holt's children discover that Dumbo can fly, silver-tongued entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), and aerial artist Colette Marchant (Eva Green) swoop in to make the little elephant a star.

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In 2019, a beloved tale will take you to new heights.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for peril/action, some thematic elements, and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,990,748, 31 March 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$92,491,675, 16 April 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$268,958,394, 14 April 2019
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Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X)| Auro 11.1

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nico Parker's acting debut. She filmed her part while her mother, Thandie Newton, finished the fellow Disney production Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) on a nearby movie set. See more »

Quotes

Holt Farrier: [from sneak peek] All right, Dumbo, give me a showstopper.
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Crazy Credits

The first half of the closing credits has the text (including the title) zooming sightly back from 3D to 2D. See more »

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Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Body Odor Penalty (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Pink Elephants on Parade
Written by Ned Washington and Oliver Wallace
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"This is a disaster" Couldn't agree more character I have no idea why you are in the film...
31 March 2019 | by CubsandCultureSee all my reviews

This is one of the few films I would describe as self-loathing. I honestly don't know what to make of some of the choices the creative team makes. What do you make of a Disney film in which the villain is a Walt Disney stand-in? Keaton's character is puzzling and needlessly complicates the plot. What to make of a film centered on a circus that seems to hate circuses? Burton has always had a lot of obsessions and (too) personal touches in his films. But the way the camera here lingers on certain sets is garish and obsessive to the point of being kitsch. Garish is a good word for this film. It's chock full of unneeded details, forced whimsy, and bizarre sidebars such that the film simply doesn't form a singular entity.

It is part the original Dumbo tale, weirdly sanitized (the crows don't show up, pink elephants is greatly reworked in an incomprehensible way). Worse the story idea of the feather(s) helping Dumbo learn to fly is treated almost like a drug addiction (!!!). It is part family melodrama but without a real clear sense of what the family members means to each other. It is part backstage politics but without a clear sense of why the material is added into the story. It is part self-critique in that the film seems vaguely aware it is started as a soulless money grab yet the film exists as a soulless money grab.

I can't say I was entertained by this film. I have no idea what kids will make of it. But it was engrossing in a trainwreck kind of way. Might be a cult film in 20 years. It is *bad.* But it is bad in a wholly different and more interesting way than I expected.


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