Disney’s Dumbo was always one of the saddest animated films from the studio. A tiny elephant who’s teased for his floppy ears and cries over his locked up mother isn’t exactly a Disney movie to bump up your spirits. But the loneliness and gloominess of Dumbo’s circus life is a great match for Tim Burton, who’s reimagining the 1941 original for an even darker remake.

The first teaser trailer for Burton’s live-action Dumbo is as magical as it is dreary and dark, both atmospherically and visually. We see little Dumbo hiding in a pile of hay and shedding tears as he watches his mother carted off in a locked cage – yep, Burton’s going to make you weep in this one too. The trailer also shows a brief look at his drunken pink elephants hallucination, which looks much less creepy than the original. Burton has also enlisted a killer cast to play the circus folk, including Eva Green’s acrobat, Colin Farrell as a one-armed former circus star and his two kids, Danny DeVito’s ringleader, and Michael Keaton as the villain.

Here’s the full synopsis:

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 (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.

Check out the poster below. Dumbo hits theaters March 29, 2019.


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