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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dumbo’ (2019) is perfect renewal of the classic tale

by Brittani Tuttle

I went into the theater with pretty low expectations for Disney’s latest live-action adaptation, but “Dumbo” absolutely surpassed them.

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By Quinn Roseboom

With “Avengers: Endgame” coming out so soon after “Dumbo,” its box office performance doesn’t look too bright. However, I’d say it’s going to be worth another trip out to the movies this upcoming month for both families and Disney fans.

The story sticks to the original for about the first half of the movie; where the original ended with Dumbo flying at the clown performance, the 2019 film makes the elephant famous and takes him and his new friends to a visually stunning, futuristic theme park called Dreamland.

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The trailers for the movie really don’t do it justice, and the Internet was ablaze when the first look at titular pachyderm himself came out, calling him “creepy” and “nightmare fuel”. The end result was definitely the cute, not creepy Dumbo that Tim Burton was going for. Danny Elfman’s soundtrack was perfect, and took the original songs and created instrumentals that perfectly blended the old and new feelings.

Walt Disney Studios’ “Dumbo” is out in theaters everywhere March 29, is rated PG and runs about 2 hours. It’s perfect for families, and kids are going to fall in love with Dumbo and want to fly with him like the kids in the film.

Check out the official trailer for the film below:

Dumbo Official Trailer

In the Parks:

Guests can fly on the back of Dumbo at every Magic Kingdom style park in the world, and visit the big top itself (in gift shop form) at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando.

Dumbo The Flying Elephant ride-through - original location at Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland POV
Dumbo The Flying Elephant POV at Disneyland Paris
Inside the Dumbo circus tent queue in Storybook Circus at Magic Kingdom Fantasyland
Storybook Circus Dumbo fountains at night - Magic Kingdom new Fantasyland
Tour of Big Top Souvenirs at Storybook Circus, New Fantasyland, Disney Magic Kingdom

There’s also a limited-time preview of the film and some props from the film on display at Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando.

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