The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ - – Mum­taj Begum

WALT Dis­ney’s clas­sic an­i­mated fea­ture Dumbo, which opened in cin­e­mas in 1941, cap­tured the hearts of adults and chil­dren. It even won an Os­car for Best Scor­ing Of A Mu­si­cal Pic­ture and was nom­i­nated for Best Orig­i­nal Song for Baby Mine. Can the live­ac­tion reimag­in­ing of Dumbo seven decades later recre­ate the same feel­ing? With an im­pres­sive cast in­clud­ing Colin Far­rell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green and Alan Arkin, di­rec­tor Tim Bur­ton, and state-of-the-art vis­ual ef­fects to bring to life the four­legged an­i­mal, Dumbo could do just as well if not bet­ter. The story starts with a cir­cus owner (DeVito) ask­ing a fam­ily to care for a new­born ele­phant whose over­sized ears make him a laugh­ing­stock in an al­ready strug­gling cir­cus. Through the love and care from his new fam­ily – Holt Far­rier (Far­rell) and his chil­dren Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Fin­ley Hob­bins) – Dumbo dis­cov­ers his unique­ness: He can fly! This in turn helps the cir­cus to flour­ish again. But, Dumbo is then re­cruited as a per­former in a grand en­ter­tain­ment ven­ture called Dream­land which is full of dark se­crets.

Dumbo opens at cin­e­mas na­tion­wide on March 28.

— Pho­tos: Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios

Dream­land? More like a night­mare where ev­ery­one dresses the same.

‘Fine! If The Great­est Show­man doesn’t want us, we’ll just start our own cir­cus.’

‘This is NOT a pet­ting zoo!’

Is that you Pen­ny­wise? With­out the bal­loon, we hardly recog­nise you.

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