Dumbo (Live-Action)

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Dumbo (2019 Live-Action Movie)

Disney’s “Dumbo” (Live-Action) is a reimagined version of the classic 1941 animated film. Directed by Tim Burton, the live-action adaptation was released in 2019. The film follows the story of Dumbo, a young elephant with oversized ears that enable him to fly, who becomes the star attraction of a struggling circus.

The live-action “Dumbo” introduces new characters and expands on the original storyline. Colin Farrell plays Holt Farrier, a former circus star who is tasked with caring for Dumbo. Alongside him are his children, Milly and Joe, who quickly bond with the baby elephant. The circus owner, Max Medici, portrayed by Danny DeVito, sees Dumbo’s potential to revive the fortunes of his circus.

As Dumbo’s flying abilities attract widespread attention, he catches the eye of entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere, played by Michael Keaton, who wants to exploit Dumbo in his larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Eva Green stars as Colette Marchant, a French trapeze artist who becomes part of Dumbo’s act.

The film explores themes of family, acceptance, and the mistreatment of animals in entertainment, all set against the visually rich and whimsical backdrop characteristic of Tim Burton’s style. While it pays homage to the original animated classic, the live-action “Dumbo” brings a fresh perspective and new emotional depth to the beloved story.

Fun Facts

  • The live-action “Dumbo” is directed by Tim Burton and was released in 2019. Tim Burton’s unique visual style and penchant for storytelling make this adaptation visually stunning and emotionally engaging.
  • The film introduces new human characters, including Holt Farrier, played by Colin Farrell, and V.A. Vandevere, played by Michael Keaton, in addition to the classic characters from the animated original. The story explores themes of family, acceptance, and the wonder of imagination.
  • To bring the adorable baby elephant Dumbo to life, a combination of CGI and practical effects were used. The result is a lovable and expressive CGI Dumbo that captures the hearts of audiences, while still staying true to the iconic character’s design.
Dumbo (Live-Action)

Additional Details


  • Eva Green: Colette Marchant
  • Colin Farrell: Holt Farrier
  • Michael Keaton: V.A. Vandevere
  • Danny DeVito: Max Medid
  • Alan Arkin: J. Griffin Remington


  • Directed by: Tim Burton
  • Produced by: Justin Springer, Ehren Kruger, Katterli Frauenfelder, Derek Frey
  • Screenplay by: Ehren Kruger

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