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Dumbo [2019] (2 discs)

Director:Tim Burton
Writer:Ehren Kruger
Composer:Danny Elfman
Length:112 minutes
(1 hour 52 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
Sorting Tub:Delta
IMDB Rating:6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:46%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: 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.

Reaction: It's an interesting but mildly joyless take on the original movie. If you want the original, watch the original. This is kind of a modern, slightly harsher take on the tale.

Personal Rating: 6/10

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Tim Burton => Director
Ehren Kruger => Writer
Danny Elfman => Composer
Harold Pearl => Novel
Helen Aberson => Novel
Alan Arkin => J. Griffin Remington
Alfie Allen => Dreamland Teen (uncredited) / Reacting Teen
Colin Farrell => Holt Farrier
Danny DeVito => Max Medici
Deobia Oparei => Rongo (as DeObia Oparei)
Erick Hayden => Rancher
Eva Green => Colette Marchant
Finley Hobbins => Joe Farrier
Linda Gray => Dreamland Audience Member (uncredited)
Lucy DeVito => Coat Check Girl
Michael Keaton => V. A. Vandevere
Nico Parker => Milly Farrier
Roshan Seth => Pramesh Singh
Sandy Martin => Verna the Secretary
Zelda Rosset Colon => Annie Farrier

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The original model for Dumbo was somewhat photorealistic, but eventually scrapped for the more expressive one seen in the movie.
  • There was a swear jar on set. Whenever an actor cursed, they needed to put money in the jar. At the end of shooting, the total was given to charity. Allegedly, Colin Farrell was the worst offender and was responsible for the majority of the money.
  • Filmed entirely on a sound stage--not even the outdoor scenes were exterior shots.
  • [?] Colleen Atwood opted not to make a single black and white striped clothing item, saying it was too predictable to use in a Tim Burton film as it was one of Burton's visual trademarks.
  • Eva Green is afraid of heights. She was able to overcome her fear during filming, with the help of a professional performer who trained her in her stunts.
  • All three members of the Farrier family fake American accents. Colin Farrell is from Ireland; Finley Hobbins and Nico Parker are English.
  • Danny DeVito's daughter Lucy DeVito appears in the film as a coat check girl.
  • According to Farrell's assistant [?] C.E. Whitaker III, production was stunned at Colin Farrell's ability to perform a great deal of stunts and ride horses with complete ease.
  • Nico Parker's acting debut. She filmed her part while her mother, Thandie Newton, finished the fellow Disney production Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) on a nearby movie set.
  • Colin Farrell, who had worked with horses in films before, often took action to ensure the horses on set were treated properly.
  • Will Smith and Tom Hanks were approached for roles. Smith was interested but backed out to do Bad Boys for Life (2020) and would later sign on for Aladdin (2019). Hanks was courted for a villain role, but turned it down to film Greyhound (2020).
  • The circus troupe assembled for the film hailed from all over the world. Significant language barriers made it difficult for the performers to connect. One day they set up a ping-pong table, which helped the performers to socialize with each other.
  • The role played by Alan Arkin was written with Christopher Walken in mind. Walken had to drop out of the project early on so Arkin was cast instead. However director Tim Burton always liked the hint of menace Walken could bring to his roles and asked Arkin if he could deliver the lines in the same manner that Walken would.
  • Chris Pine was offered a part, but turned it down. He ended up being a cast member of A Wrinkle in Time (2018) after filming Wonder Woman (2017).
  • Bill Hader, Chris Pine and Casey Affleck were also considered for the role of the father, but passed on it before Colin Farrell was cast. 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.
  • The film's cast includes one Oscar winner: Alan Arkin and two Oscar nominees: Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito.