Holt was once a circus star until he went off to war and returned terribly altered. Circus owner Max Medici hires him to take care of Dumbo, a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him the laughingstock of the struggling circus troupe. But when Holt's children discover that Dumbo can fly, silver-tongued entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere and aerial artist Colette Marchant swoop in to make the little elephant a star.
V.A. Vandermere's Dreamland circus is heavily inspired by three theme parks: Coney Island, World's Fair, and various Disneyland theme parks. See more »
When Holt arrives at the train station he is wearing three medals, a Croix de Guerre, an Army Distinguished Service Cross, and a World War I Victory Medal. Although the Victory Medal was already earned by 1919, the Army did not issue the medals until June of 1920. Also the Victory Medal would probably have a Citation Star since he had earned the DSC. See more »
Come on, time to go. We haven't got all day. Get that monkey on the train. The Medici Brothers' circus is taking off!
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The first half of the closing credits has the text (including the title) zooming sightly back from 3D to 2D. See more »
Farrell: stiff, hollow, unbelievable. Keaton: see above. Green: tolerable. DeVito: slightly less than tolerable. Script: could have been written on the back of a cocktail napkin. Interesting characters: none. Likable or dislikable characters: none. CGI: utterly wasted. LONE Bright Spot (and bright mostly by contrast to the rest): Nico Parker. Moments you were thrilled: none. Moments you laughed: 1. Moments you cheered: none (except maybe when the film was over).
Moments you cried: none
Moments you wanted to walk out of the theater: um, how long was the film?
They had a guarantee and blew it. Totally blew it.
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