During the chaos of war, a cute elephant touched the hearts of the audience in 1941. He showed, that a physical handicap can turn into a special ability. Since then, his name is popular with young and old: DUMBO.
Now, the little elephant with the huge ears flies above our home screens.
DUMBO: THE STORY
Disney presents the old story in a modern way. Howsoever, what remained unchanged? Of course, Dumbo is still the cute hero.
Born in a small, bankrupt circus, the little elephant has a hard life. Because of his large ears, the clumsy Dumbo becomes a laughing stock in the Medici Brother’s Circus. But now, two kids and some other characters take the place of the little mouse Timothy, who made Dumbo a star in the original movie.
HOLT FARRIER (COLIN FARRELL)
The kids lost their mother by an accident. Even, as their father Holt Farrier, an equestrian performer and World War amputee returns, they feel lonely. Farrier suffers from depressions. Moreover, he doesn’t understand his kids. He hasn’t any relation to them.
MILLY (NICO PARKER)
Especially his daughter Milly has problems with her father’s behavior. Instead of being an acrobat, she wants to become a scientist. Because of her loneliness, she develops a close relation to the little Dumbo quickly. Therefore, Milly is the first who discovers the unique talent of the cute elephant.
MAX MEDICI (DANNY DEVITO)
This relation becomes stronger, when Max Medici, the owner of the circus, sells Dumbo’s mother Mrs. Jumbo after some trouble.
JOE (FINLEY HOBBINS)
Hereafter, Milly and her brother Joe comfort Dumbo. Furthermore, they help him to use his special skills. So, instead of being the clown, Dumbo becomes the star of the circus.
V. A. VANDEVERE (MICHAEL KEATON)
Of course, success attracts the attention of ruthless business people. Hence, the owner of the amusement park Dreamland, Mr. V. A. Vandervere offers Max Medici a big deal. Of course, his intention isn’t to help the Medici Brothers Circus.
COLETTE MARCHANT (EVA GREEN)
In truth, Vandevere want’s win Dumbo as star of his own park. However, here, animals and artists are mistreated. Vandevere has no respect for them, even for his super star Colette Marchant. Without any net, the attractive acrobat must fly on Dumbo’s back through the ring of the circus.
Therefore, the Farrier’s, Medici and Marchant built an alliance to help the little Dumbo and his mother.
DUMBO – THE DVD/BLU-RAY FILM REVIEW
As already in 1941, the story of the young elephant with the large ears is simply heart-touching. Moreover, it reminds us to never give up, to believe in our unique strengths and dreams.
Besides, typical Disney, the new version includes a very special, visionary message at the end of the film. As usual, the cast, visualization as well as the catchy tunes are simply superb.
DUMBO: DVD & BLU-RAY
Of course, the DVD and Blu-Ray contains an amazing bonus material. It reaches from a glimpse behind the scenes to a Disney Easter egg parade. Furthermore, you will find outtakes, gags and the music video “Baby Mine” from Arcade Fire.
All in all, the film shouldn’t be missed in any film collection. Dumbo is a timeless story, profound and simply lovely.
On the one hand, you can watch the film during a sad period just to feel better. On the other hand, you can watch the film with your friends and family to embellish a beautiful day additionally.
Whenever you will watch Dumbo, you will see a movie which touches the heart and mind, which is timeless and, thus, worth seeing also for future generations. Our valuation:
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