20 Julio 2017 08:52
Suddenly, Dumbo’s looking a bit scary
Following his 2010 reimagining of Alice in Wonderland in 2010, Disney has once again entrusted Tim Burton with bringing another of its classics back to life: Dumbo. The film, released in 1941, introduced a small elephant (you know the one) whose enormous ears gave him an alternative mode of transport - flight.
Note: Dumbo was so cute that he’d melt your heart if you looked him in the eye for long enough.
But let’s get back to Burton’s live-action remake: due to be released on 29 March 2019, it features performances by Danny DeVitto, Colin Farrell, Eva Green and Michael Keaton. Although that, for the time being, is irrelevant: as of yesterday, what is most worrying for fans of the original is what the Elephant will look like.
Because Dumbo’s traditional look is something like this:
While Burton’s version goes more along these lines:
This model of Dumbo, presented during Disney’s D23 Expo has caused a great deal of controversy. Twitter users criticised it for looking ’creepy’ and ‘terrifying’, and negative comments far outweighed those that coyly praised its design as ‘cute’.
And it’s true: the model might look ‘creepy’ and ‘terrifying’, but is this not something we should be excited about, since what we’re talking about here is a film by Tim Burton? The guy who did Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands? Bearing in mind Burton’s latest deliriums, which have done nothing to please his fans since Big Fish, the idea that he’s doing something ‘creepy’ should be cause for celebration, not an outpouring of bile.
So what are the cons? Since Disney always has the last say and there’s still a long time before the film’s release, the overwhelmingly unenthusiastic response may mean the character’s design will have to be revamped; in other words by taking the edge off the elephant’s finish, and thereby, once again, taking the edge of Tim Burton's aesthetic style.