Disney gave a small audience a sneak peek of their upcoming live-action Dumbo movie this week at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. And while the teaser footage still hasn’t been released online, word and some images are out. One of the members of the audience — a person who will surely not be invited to such events ever again — posted an image of the new, hyper-realistic elephant on Twitter. Long story short, it’s kind of crazy looking.
This shouldn’t come as a total shock. The Dumbo movie will be directed by Tim Burton and stars Danny Devito and Colin Farrell. Though it isn’t slated to hit the big screen for another year, the hype cycle has already begun. According to reports, the updated film will basically pick up where the original Dumbo left off. It won’t be a sequel, though. Instead, it will start with the premise that Dumbo can fly. Given those involved, it will likely get weirder from there.
The reason, for those that forget the details of the original, that the image looks so peculiar is that Dumbo is a superhero with a physical deformity, ears so big he can fly. At the beginning of the new movie, Dumbo will already be performing as part of a dying traveling circus run by Devito, who has played a circus ringmaster in what seems like a lot of movies. The snippet of footage fans saw featured a scene where Devito was abusing the young elephant and scolding his employees for not working hard enough. (Come on, Danny! Be better!)
The upcoming Dumbo movie will be yet another addition to Disney’s growing catalog of live-action adaptations of their classic animated films. Movies like the Updated Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book have already been huge hits with fans. Dumbo will be released on May 29th, 2019, with live-action adaptations of Mulan, Aladdin, and The Lion King slated for release in the coming years as well.