The Disney studio has been on a kick of turning some its most popular animated features into live-action attractions, and that might seem especially tricky with a title character such as the one this has ... but consider that Tim Burton is the director, and the remake turns out to be its own creature. Digital effects bring the baby elephant separated from its mother to life – and yes, there are still those famous parent-and-child moments that tug hard on your heart, but there also are the famously bizarre Burton touches that keep the result at arm’s length. While Danny DeVito is wonderfully warm as the operator of the circus that becomes the big-eared, flying Dumbo’s new home, Michael Keaton (Burton’s earlier Batman) plays a really sinister rival showman. Colin Farrell, Eva Green and Alan Arkin also are in the esoteric cast of a “Dumbo” that ultimately works a little too hard not to be defined as a kids’ movie.
(PG: AS) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
Danny DeVito, Nico Parker and Colin Farrell (from left)