One of the most beloved Disney movies, Dumbo, has come full circle and is now a live-action film and produced by one of the most talented directors of our time, Tim Burton. As a fan of both Disney and Tim Burton, I am over the moon excited! Now, I am not going to lie and tell you that I won’t cry. If the official trailers for Dumbo are any indication, I am going to need a box of tissues!
“You’ve seen a horsefly. You’ve seen a dragonfly. You’ve even seen a housefly
But you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen an elephant fly!”
—Baritone Bates, “Dumbo”
The original animated version of “Dumbo” flew into theaters on Oct. 23, 1941. Winning an Academy Award® for best music, scoring of a musical picture (Frank Churchill, Oliver Wallace). The heart felt and memorable song “Baby Mine” was also nominated for an Oscar®. That endearing relationship between mother and son so beautifully illustrated in “Baby Mine” is one of many reasons audiences have been drawn to the story for generations.
HISTORY OF DUMBO
The story of “Dumbo” dates back to 1939 as a planned novelty item called a Roll-A-Book—a box with little knobs
that readers turned to read the story through a window. Authors Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl wrote the
story “Dumbo the Flying Elephant.” Whether the Roll-A-Book was ever produced is a mystery—none have been
located—but when Walt Disney purchased the rights to the story, he published about 1,430 copies of a book version of the story.
Originally, the story was to be turned into a short film. But the filmmakers, headed by Walt Disney himself, kept
expanding the film until they ended up with a 64-minute feature film starring a charming little elephant named
ABOUT THE MOVIE
From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure “Dumbo” expands on the
beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner
Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and
Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already
But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting
persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest,
larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and
spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland
is full of dark secrets.
Why not make the movie even more memorable by having a little fun before or after you take your family this movie that is sure to be a family favorite just like the original. From coloring pages to stickers, you can spread the love for Dumbo to others!