Mr. Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend.
Holt was once a circus star, but he went off to war and when he returned it had terribly altered him. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) hires him to take care of Dumbo, a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him the laughing stock of the struggling circus troupe. But when Holt's children discover that Dumbo can fly, silver-tongued entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), and aerial artist Colette Marchant (Eva Green) swoop in to make the little elephant a star.
Though obviously this is a reimagining of original animated feature Dumbo (1941), this also has a new plot that is very similar to Free Willy (1993). Both revolve around a financially struggling attraction with a particular animal as the main event. They both also have a tycoon pulling the strings on the animals, try to cause them harm, and feature a rescue mission to set them free. See more »
When Dumbo escapes from the circus with Milly's help, he flies over the Brooklyn Bridge and in the background the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings are shown. The Empire State started construction in 1930 and the Chrysler Building started construction in 1928 yet the movie is set in 1919 and early 1920s. See more »
Visually great, but cold and dark emotionally (although Dumbo himself is great).
The elephant is really cute and there are some scenes which are quite emotional, but after the initial flight, there's little amazement or awe to see. Visually it looks very good but overall, I found it a cold and dark experience, especially when it shifted from the family run circus to the corporation style theme park with its art deco design and stereotypical villains. There isn't much fun or joy to be had in this story of abandonment and change, and the acting isn't particularly great either.
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