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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)

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