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.
The "Pink Elephants on Parade" sequence, seen by an inebriated Dumbo in Dumbo (1941), was modified into a bubble show, seen through a sober but spellbound Dumbo's eyes. 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 »
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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