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Dumbo

Disney's latest live-action remake of one of the studio's animated classics gives Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland) another chance to vamp with an empty spectacle that is fine for children and perhaps nostalgia-inducing for adults who watched the 1941 original on VHS. This version focuses more on the humans at the circus than on the animals they train, most of which are computer-generated and don't speak. Such a choice might have worked if the narrative and performances were excellent, but alas. The acting from everyone onscreen, including Colin Farrell as a former trick rider and Danny DeVito as a ringmaster circa 1920, is so anachronistic and unnatural that their interaction with CGI is a respite. The flying baby elephant is cute and the production design is eye-catching. The upsides end there. The refurbished story, both numbing in its predictability and painstakingly woke, is the clearest indicator that this reboot need not exist.

Credits

Director:

  • Tim Burton

Cast:

  • Eva Green
  • Michael Keaton
  • Colin Farrell
  • Danny DeVito
  • Deobia Oparei
  • Alan Arkin
  • Finley Hobbins
  • Roshan Seth
  • Lars Eidinger
  • Joseph Gatt
  • Miguel Munoz Segura
  • Zenaida Alcalde Alcalde
  • Douglas Reith
  • Phil Zimmerman
  • Sharon Rooney
  • Frank Bourke
  • Ragevan Vasan
  • Michael Buffer
  • Sandy Martin
  • Tom Seekings
  • Heather Rome
  • Scott Haney
  • Erick Hayden
  • Greg Canestrari
  • Christopher Rogers
  • Max Gill
  • Peter Brookes
  • Simon Connolly
  • Nick Bartlett
  • Harry Taylor
  • Vincent Andriano
  • Liam Bewley
  • Ben Crowe
  • Josef Davies
  • Clive Brunt
  • Richard Leeming
  • Angela Ashton
  • Alice Bonifacio
  • Philip Rosch
  • Joseph Macnab
  • Rob Heanley
  • Amerjit Deu
  • Lucy DeVito
  • Richard James-Clarke
  • Matthew Castle
  • Brett Jones
  • Zee Asha
  • Carol Been
  • Jessica Barker Wren
  • Arabella Neale
  • Rosie Akerman
  • Tim Southgate
  • Edd Osmond
  • Zelda Rosset Colon
  • Anatoli Akerman
  • Richard Garaghty
  • Daniel Goncalves
  • Marjo Nantel
  • Paddy Waters
  • Sergii Shadrin
  • Natalia Shadrina
  • Tom Gaskin
  • Mehari "Bibi" Tesfamarian
  • Binyam "Bichu" Tesfamarian
  • Zolzaya Batmunkh
  • Otgonchimeg Chuluunzorig
  • Ariunchimeg Enkhsaikhan
  • Oldokh Ganbold
  • Benjamin "Bendini" French
  • Chirame Shapra
  • Govinda
  • Iran Singh
  • Jana Posna
  • Jo Osmond
  • Jewels Good

Writers:

  • Derek Frey
  • Ehren Kruger
  • Harold Pearl
  • Helen Aberson

Producers:

  • Derek Frey
  • Ehren Kruger
  • Justin Springer
  • Katterli Frauenfelder
  • Nigel Gostelow
  • Tim Burton

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