Dumbo

Dumbo

Dumbo

Dumbo, the animated 1941 Disney classic, gets the Tim Burton treatment in this live-action remake starring Colin Farrell and Danny Devito.

Circus owner Max Medici (DeVito) enlists Holt Farrier (Farrell) and his children to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes a comeback, attracting entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits Dumbo for his newest venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green, Casino Royale), until Holt learns that Dreamland is full of dark secrets.

2019Rating: PG, Some scenes may scare very young children112 minsUSA
Kids & FamilyFantasyBlockbuster
Director:
Tim Burton ('Edward Scissordhands', 'Corpse Bride', 'Batman Returns')
Writer:
Ehren Kruger
Cast:
Colin FarrellMichael KeatonDanny DeVitoEva GreenAlan ArkinFinley HobbinsNico Parker
95%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

It transforms a miraculous tale into a routine story by weighing it down with a lot of nuts and bolts it didn't need.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

There are thrills and feels but this reimagination of the delightful animation doesn't take flight often enough.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

With production designer Rick Heinrichs, Burton forsakes his beloved gothic touches for an art deco style that lends it all a Gatsby-esque decadence.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This has been painfully de-tusked.

1.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Even if the story starts to sag a little before the inevitable big finale, just relax and look at the screen. Every frame of this film could be taken home and hung on your wall – it's that pretty.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

This live-action re-imagining of Disney's 1941 animated classic may be the sweetest film Tim Burton has ever made. It's also the safest.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

...despite a few underdeveloped characters and a score that occasionally gushes like a broken mains pipe, Dumbo is a tissue factory worth of sadness dried by a big top of colourful delights.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The filmmaker's overstuffed visual imagination and appetite for sinister gloom all but trample the enchantment of a tale that, at heart, is simple and whimsical.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Come for the super-cute elephant, stay for Keaton and DeVito's glorious reunion.

4.0
0
Collider

Collider

press

Is 'Dumbo' a fully-fleshed-out film with basic components like character arcs or conflict? Not entirely, no.

0

I wasn't sure about seeing a movie like this but I really enjoyed it, the cast was very good and the fact that it held 80% of my 3 year old's attention, I would recommend it for children over 3. A little bit loud in places (for children).... The elephant was pretty cute, as was Colin Farrell :D

4.0
0

As with all classic Disney movies, Dumbo was heartwarming and inspiring, and absolutely tugs at your heartstrings as you go along with their adventures. I was a little skeptical of this movie when I heard about the release- in my experience, live action adaptations of animated movies are hard pressed to turn out well, and I was never a huge fan of Dumbo to...

5.0
0

I kept imaging that Colin Farrell was drunk, and also whether Rhea Perlman would ever visit Danny Devito on set. I also couldn't sleep until 2am because I ate a whole bag of M&Ms. But I did like when Dumbo flew around via the power of his ears, that was pretty good!!!!

3.0
0

A classic heart felt Disney movie that takes you on a roller-coaster of emotions. With an overly exaggerated love for a computerized elephant trying to find his feet in the world, or should we say; ears! A classic tale of try, fail and try again, with the ultimate ending of success. A very predictable linear with the classic happy ending. The motion...

3.0
0

Tim Burton's live take on Dumbo still manages to pull at the heartstrings of the young and young at heart with good performances from former (Penguin) Devito and (Batman) Keaton alongside the captivating eyes of the animated Dumbo which makes the whole story relatable.

4.0
0

When Disney first announced they would be doing live-action reboots of their early animation features, I was incredibly sceptical. Especially when the first one would be the animal-heavy The Jungle Book, a film that was shot entirely in a studio. In the end, however, I was thoroughly impressed with that 2016 adaptation. I just wish I could say the same...

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

It transforms a miraculous tale into a routine story by weighing it down with a lot of nuts and bolts it didn't need.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

There are thrills and feels but this reimagination of the delightful animation doesn't take flight often enough.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

With production designer Rick Heinrichs, Burton forsakes his beloved gothic touches for an art deco style that lends it all a Gatsby-esque decadence.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This has been painfully de-tusked.

1.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Even if the story starts to sag a little before the inevitable big finale, just relax and look at the screen. Every frame of this film could be taken home and hung on your wall – it's that pretty.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

This live-action re-imagining of Disney's 1941 animated classic may be the sweetest film Tim Burton has ever made. It's also the safest.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

...despite a few underdeveloped characters and a score that occasionally gushes like a broken mains pipe, Dumbo is a tissue factory worth of sadness dried by a big top of colourful delights.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The filmmaker's overstuffed visual imagination and appetite for sinister gloom all but trample the enchantment of a tale that, at heart, is simple and whimsical.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Come for the super-cute elephant, stay for Keaton and DeVito's glorious reunion.

4.0
0
Collider

Collider

press

Is 'Dumbo' a fully-fleshed-out film with basic components like character arcs or conflict? Not entirely, no.

0

I wasn't sure about seeing a movie like this but I really enjoyed it, the cast was very good and the fact that it held 80% of my 3 year old's attention, I would recommend it for children over 3. A little bit loud in places (for children).... The elephant was pretty cute, as was Colin Farrell :D

4.0
0

As with all classic Disney movies, Dumbo was heartwarming and inspiring, and absolutely tugs at your heartstrings as you go along with their adventures. I was a little skeptical of this movie when I heard about the release- in my experience, live action adaptations of animated movies are hard pressed to turn out well, and I was never a huge fan of Dumbo...

5.0
0

I kept imaging that Colin Farrell was drunk, and also whether Rhea Perlman would ever visit Danny Devito on set. I also couldn't sleep until 2am because I ate a whole bag of M&Ms. But I did like when Dumbo flew around via the power of his ears, that was pretty good!!!!

3.0
0

A classic heart felt Disney movie that takes you on a roller-coaster of emotions. With an overly exaggerated love for a computerized elephant trying to find his feet in the world, or should we say; ears! A classic tale of try, fail and try again, with the ultimate ending of success. A very predictable linear with the classic happy ending. The motion...

3.0
0

Tim Burton's live take on Dumbo still manages to pull at the heartstrings of the young and young at heart with good performances from former (Penguin) Devito and (Batman) Keaton alongside the captivating eyes of the animated Dumbo which makes the whole story relatable.

4.0
0

When Disney first announced they would be doing live-action reboots of their early animation features, I was incredibly sceptical. Especially when the first one would be the animal-heavy The Jungle Book, a film that was shot entirely in a studio. In the end, however, I was thoroughly impressed with that 2016 adaptation. I just wish I could say the same...

2.0
0