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    Dumbo (2019)

    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.


    Tim Burton


    Ehren Kruger (screenplay by), Helen Aberson (novel) | 1 more credit »
    589 ( 87)
    7 nominations. See more awards »



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    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 (as DeObia Oparei)
    Joseph Gatt ... Neils Skellig
    Miguel Mu?oz Segura ... Ivan the Wonderful
    Zenaida Alcalde Zenaida Alcalde ... Catherine the Greater (as Zenaida Alcalde Alcalde)
    Douglas Reith ... Sotheby
    Phil Zimmerman ... Rufus Sorghum


    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.

    Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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    English | French

    Release Date:

    29 March 2019 (China) See more »

    Also Known As:

    Untitled Disney Live-Action Fairy Tale See more »


    Box Office


    $170,000,000 (estimated)

    Opening Weekend USA:

    $45,990,748, 31 March 2019

    Gross USA:


    Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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    Technical Specs


    Sound Mix:

    Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X)| Auro 11.1


    Color (ACES)

    Aspect Ratio:

    1.85 : 1
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    Did You Know?


    In January 2017, it was announced that Will Smith was "in talks" to play the father of the children who develop a friendship with the lovable elephant after seeing him at the circus. However, Smith later passed on the role due to scheduling conflicts in his filming for Bad Boys for Life, among other reasons. Smith went on to be the Genie in Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin. Bill Hader, Chris Pine and Casey Affleck were also offered the role, but passed on it before Colin Farrell was cast. Farrell, a fan of Burton, chose to work on the film because "[t]he idea of [acting in] something as sweet and fantastical and otherworldly, while being grounded in some recognizable world that we can relate to, under the direction of Burton, was something he always wanted to do." In March 2017, Eva Green and Danny DeVito, recurring collaborators of Burton's, joined the cast as Colette, a trapeze artist, and Max Medici, the circus' ringmaster, respectively. Due to her fear of heights, Green trained with aereolist Katherine Arnold and choreographer Fran Jaynes in order to prepare for the role. In April 2017, Michael Keaton joined the cast, rounding out the few prominent "adult" live-action roles. Tom Hanks was reportedly in discussions for the role before Keaton was cast. See more »


    When Dumbo escapes from the circus with Milly's help, he flies over the Brooklyn Bridge and in the background the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings are shown. The Empire State started construction in 1930 and the Chrysler Building started construction in 1928 yet the movie is set in 1919 and early 1920s. See more »


    Milly Farrier: [from sneak peek] Hi, baby Dumbo, welcome to the circus. We're all family here, no matter how small.
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    Crazy Credits

    The last puff of black smoke from Casey Jr. reveals the opening title design, which zooms sightly forward in 3D. For the transition, the title degenerates into blue smoke. See more »


    Referenced in The Public Space: Spencer on the Owens Hearing (2019) See more »


    Bill Bailey
    Arranged by Julian Kershaw
    Produced by Michael Higham (as Mike Higham)
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    Remake it, don't rewrite it
    1 April 2019 | by jjones929See all my reviews

    This was an embarrassing remake of Dumbo. First, the hue or color tone of the movie was so unnatural, almost campy, like I had stumbled into a showing of Batman and Robin. It distracted me constantly reminding me that I was at the movies watching actors instead of being part of a story. Secondly, the young female actress did not help that situation at all. She presence was very distracting. Her acting was wooden and unbelievable. She was a carny's kid, living in a circus in 1919 but in every scene, she looked like she had just gotten out of the shower. It was hard to watch. Finally, who is green lighting these Disney's screenplays? Fire all of them! This movie was called Dumbo but it was about so many other things the elephant and the real story that was told in the original was lost or buried. I was looking forward to these remakes but if they continue to rewrite them I will pass on the rest.

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