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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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I didn't want a live-action Dumbo, let alone one directed by Tim Burton, but this looks good.  Possibly one of the best films Burton has done in a while.  Is...is this what hope feels like?

"Baby Mine" never fails to break me.

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2 hours ago, Dee said:

Tim Burton handling the racist crows? Oh dear.

Unless I missed something in the trailer, I don't think the racist crows are in this one. All the talking animals have been replaced by humans.

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Dumbo first reactions trumpet movie as 'dazzling' and 'whimsical,' and Tim Burton's 'best in years'

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This is a banner year for Disney’s live-action remakes, with Aladdin and The Lion King on the way and a new Lady and the Tramp set to debut on Disney’s upcoming streaming service. But first up is Tim Burton‘s spin on Dumbo, which had its world premiere in Los Angeles on March 11. The first reactions to the film have hit Twitter, and are largely positive, with many calling it a return to form for Burton.

“It’s a beautiful and whimsical movie, starring a CGI elephant with so much heart,” Gamespot’s Chris E. Hayner said, adding that “it’s the best Burton’s been in years.” Several critics and journalists also praised the film’s visual elements, particularly the production design and the CGI title character, as well as its pro-animal rights message.

There were some dissenting voices, however. IGN’s Tom Jorgensen noted, “Despite some great visuals, a very fun Michael Keaton performance, and an adorable baby pachyderm, the movie never really gets you caring as much about what’s going on as the original. The human stories feel undercooked and it really rains on the parade.”

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The "live action" Dumbo seems very cute, but I think I'll stick with the original.

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Keaton & Devito are great.

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I was disappointed overall.  Some of the circus scenes at Dream Land were stunning and there were touches that I liked (like the bubbles as an homage to the Pink Elephants on Parade scene and the Michael Buffer(!) cameo) but I just thought it was dull.  When you spend most of the movie fantasizing about the honest trailer that's not usually a good sign.  The one part that I was really looking forward to was the Baby Mine scene and it felt really glossed over.  It lacked all the emotional weight of the cartoon and it was as if Burton only included it because he knew people would be looking for it.  I agree that Devito and Keaton made the most of what they were given to do.

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On 4/1/2019 at 8:26 PM, kiddo82 said:

The one part that I was really looking forward to was the Baby Mine scene and it felt really glossed over.  It lacked all the emotional weight of the cartoon and it was as if Burton only included it because he knew people would be looking for it.

After they based the entire friggin ad campaign around that song???? Good lord- outside of letting Burton do more weird circus stuff, nothing about this project makes any sense.

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So I saw it. The CGI elephant was definitely the standout and the visual effects were gorgeous. Honestly this was the most non-Tim Burton Tim Burton movie he's ever made; aside from the creepy circus part, it didn't really feel like his style. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. But hey, at least he didn't give it the Alice in Wonderland treatment.

And the actress that sang Baby Mine did it beautifully. 

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Finally watching this on Disney+. Upon my first viewing of this movie at the age of 3 I burst into tears when they seperated Dumbo from his mother. I was not a child that cried about anything, at first my Mom was confused and then horrified because she was afraid I was scared for life (I was not)🤣.

I’m only slightly more composed than I was at 3. 

Baby Mine still breaks me. It’s just too much. 

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