Remember Dumbo? Remember how cute he was? Remember how sad it was when the other elephants rejected him, and the circus clowns abused him? Remember how you felt the tears pricking your eyes when Dumbo’s mum reached out of her cage to embrace her baby, to the strains of the tearjerking “Baby Mine”?
Well, brace yourself, because almost eight decades after the tiny elephant with the massive ears plucked the world’s heartstrings, the live-action remake is here, and if this trailer is any indication, Disney is turning up the weepie factor to eleven.
The new Dumbo is the latest in Disney’s rollout of live-action versions of their classic cartoons – The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and The Lion King have also been rebooted, with more to come – though the trailer shows some definite straying from the original.
For one thing, instead of a feisty mouse acting as Dumbo’s sidekick and life coach, there are a couple of adorable little human children, and a noble-looking Colin Farrell – part of a big-name flesh-and-blood cast including Danny DeVito as a comical ringmaster and Michael Keaton as a sinister impresario. Also, though the full movie might reveal otherwise, the trailer shows no sign of the circus animals being able to talk. Which probably means no racist singing crows. Whether this version will feature an updated version of the pink elephants sequence that provided nightmare fuel for generations of children, we’ll have to wait and see.
But one thing has clearly stayed the same between old and new Dumbos: when Mum reaches out to wrap Dumbo in her trunk, and “Baby Mine” plays, there won’t be a dry eye in the house.