• 2019
  • US
  • 1h 52min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Tim Burton
  • Cast: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin
  • UK release: 29 March 2019

In this remake of the 1941 film, one-armed circus worker Holt (Farrell) is struggling to reconnect with his bereft children while a certain large-eared pachyderm is figuring out the ropes. It looks lovely, but there’s a lot of extra plot shovelled in and it’s arguably overloaded, compared to the sincerity and simplicity of the original.

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Dumbo (Pg)

From visionary director Tim Burton, 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 struggling circus. 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 (Evan Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets…

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Eva Green feared she would die on Dumbo set

2 Apr 2019

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Eva Green thought "she was going to die" on the set of 'Dumbo'. The 38-year-old actress plays circus performer Colette Marchant in the Disney movie, which is directed by Hollywood legend Tim Burton, and she admits she was so nervous about doing the big…

Colin Farrell made sure all horses were treated fairly on Dumbo shoot

29 Mar 2019

Film gossip

Colin Farrell has "often questioned the use of horses" on film sets. The 'Dumbo' actor – who insisted he has "always" taken extra care to make sure any animals used during filming were treated properly and fairly – added that the live action remake of…


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Beautiful and ingenious but overcomplicated live action reimagining of the 1941 animated classic

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Sharon Rooney: 'I didn't see many people like me growing up but here we are! Why has it taken so long?'

26 Mar 2019

Glaswegian actress discusses her role in Tim Burton's new live-action version of Disney's Dumbo

Ever since her breakout role in My Mad Fat Diary as the vivacious Rae Earl, Sharon Rooney has been a welcome presence in television with regular roles in numerous shows including No Offence and Zapped. Six years on since the acclaimed coming-of-age show…

Colin Farrell: Tim Burton is very magical

24 Mar 2019

Film gossip

Colin Farrell thinks Tim Burton is a "very magical" filmmaker. The 42-year-old actor spent a lot of his breaks filming 'Dumbo' sitting on the set and watching his director in action because he was so "engaged" with the filmmaking process. Colin said…

Colin Farrell loved exploring Dumbo sets once everyone else had left

22 Mar 2019

Film gossip

Colin Farrell walked around the 'Dumbo' sets in awe after everyone else had left. The 42-year-old actor – who plays the part of amputee circus performer-turned-soldier Holt Farrier – admitted he wasn't quite ready for the scale of Tim Burton's…

Danny DeVito loves the dark side of Disney movies

20 Mar 2019

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Danny DeVito prefers the "dark" side of Disney movies. The 'Dumbo' actor – who plays circus ringmaster Max Medici in the new live action remake of the 1941 animated classic about the titular flying elephant – admitted he always enjoyed the scarier…

Danny DeVito's strong bond with Tim Burton made Dumbo 'even better'

11 Mar 2019

Film gossip

Danny DeVito says his long-standing working relationship with Tim Burton made 'Dumbo' "even better". The 74-year-old Hollywood legend portrays circus ringmaster Max Medici in Disney's upcoming live-action remake of the classic tale about a flying…

Colin Farrell says working with Tim Burton is a 'dream gig'

30 Jan 2019

Film gossip

Colin Farrell was desperate to work with Tim Burton on the live-action 'Dumbo' movie. The 42-year-old actor has joined forces with the acclaimed filmmaker – whose previous credits include 'Beetlejuice', 'Edward Scissorhands' and 'Sleepy Hollow' – for…

Danny DeVito thinks CGI is 'kind of cool'

30 Jan 2019

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Danny DeVito thinks the CGI elements of the live-action 'Dumbo' movie are "kind of cool". The veteran actor stars as Max Medici in the Tim Burton-directed film, and he's admitted to being wowed by the experience of interacting with the CGI elements in…

Dumbo won't be too sweet, says Colin Farrell

22 Jan 2019

Film gossip

Disney's live-action remake of 'Dumbo' won't be "too sweet", according to Colin Farrell. The 42-year-old actor is set to star in the Tim Burton-directed remake of the 1941 animated movie, and Colin – who plays the human lead Holt Farrier – has reassured…

Michael Keaton says Dumbo remake is physically beautiful

11 Sep 2017

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Michael Keaton said Tim Burton's live-action remake of 'Dumbo' is "physically beautiful". The 66-year-old actor was announced by the filmmaker to be starring as V.A. Vandevere in Disney's upcoming live-action remake, and Keaton - who worked with Burton…

Joseph Gatt to star in live-action remake of Dumbo

8 Aug 2017

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Joseph Gatt has been cast in Tim Burton's live-action remake of the Disney animation 'Dumbo'. The 42-year-old 'Game of Thrones' actor will play a character named Skellig alongside Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Eva Green and Michael Keaton, Deadline…

Tim Burton confirms Dumbo cast

16 Jul 2017

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Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Eva Green and Michael Keaton will all appear in 'Dumbo'. Director Tim Burton appeared in a short video at Disney's D23 expo to announce the start of the live-action production and revealed details of the star-studded cast…

Michael Keaton in talks to play villain in Disney's ''Dumbo'

5 Apr 2017

Film gossip

Michael Keaton is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Disney's live-action film 'Dumbo' as a villain. The 65-year-old American actor, producer-director, who received an Oscar nomination for his role in 2014's 'Birdman', is said to be involved in…

Danny DeVito in talks to join live-action adaptation of Dumbo

10 Mar 2017

Film gossip

Danny DeVito is in talks to star in the live-action adaptation of 'Dumbo'. The 72-year-old actor and director is reportedly being lined up to play the ringmaster in the Disney classic, reworked by Tim Burton. According to Deadline, actress Eva Green is…

Eva Green 'in talks to star in Dumbo'

8 Mar 2017

Film gossip

Eva Green is in talks to play the female lead in Disney's live-action adaptation of 'Dumbo'. The 36-year-old actress has held discussions with the studio about playing a starring role in the new Tim Burton-directed movie, which will be a fusion of live…

Will Smith in talks to star in Disney's new Dumbo film

12 Jan 2017

Film gossip

Will Smith is being lined-up to star in Disney's live action remake of 'Dumbo'. The 48-year-old actor - whose big screen box office credentials are unquestionable with starring roles in 'Independence Day', 'Men in Black' and most recently 'Suicide…

Tim Burton to direct Dumbo

11 Mar 2015

Film gossip

Tim Burton will direct a remake of 'Dumbo'. The 56-year-old filmmaker will work on the live-action version of the 1941 animated classic following Disney executives' search for an A-list director to helm the project, president of production Sean Bailey…

Disney planning live action Dumbo movie

9 Jul 2014

Film gossip

Disney is planning to release a live action 'Dumbo' movie. The company has started work on a new version of the touching animated film about a baby circus elephant who learns how to fly with his huge ears after being befriended by a mouse, Timothy, when…

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