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by JC Alvarez
Tuesday Jun 25, 2019

You will believe! The Disney magic continues to mesmerize audiences in this latest popular trend by the studio to transform their most beloved animated properties into live-action extravaganzas! The newest Disney Classic to get the revisionist redux is "Dumbo" available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. The story about the misfit flying baby elephant will steal your heart once again, in a stylish take from legendary filmmaker Tim Burton the visionary mastermind behind blockbuster hits "Beetlejuice" and the first "Batman" film.

The concept of the misfit is something that has always resonated with the filmmaker, and it's no surprise that he would return to a collaborative venture with Disney to bring the much beloved tale of the picked at pachyderm to the big screen. Enveloping the cinematic world of "Dumbo" with a series of very colorful characters, Burton brought back many of his favorite ensemble players including Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Eva Green and recruiting Colin Farrell as a swashbuckling rodeo hero just back from the war and recently widowed who befriends Dumbo.

When the baby elephant makes his debut, he's regarded as a freak of nature, until the young children of Farrell's rodeo star discover that Dumbo's rather large ears actually enable him to take flight! It isn't long before a greasy, con man played by Keaton gets wind of the miraculous event, and sets in motion a plan to profit from Dumbo's gift. The poor little elephant wants nothing more than to live up to everyone's expectations, but at heart all he wants is to be reunited with his mother. Their adventure leads them all to the Big City and a thoroughly rapturous emotional climax.

For the purest, this interpretation of "Dumbo" may never carry a feather to the classic animated story, but it's like comparing apples to oranges. Burton has capitalized on his ability to breathe believability into larger-than-life characters, and still keep the heart of his narratives rooted firmly in reality. "Dumbo" builds in spades a beautifully crafted landscape, with heroes you can cheer for, villains you can rally against, but most of all you will believe that a baby elephant can fly. "Dumbo" is a high-flying, heartfelt and gorgeously adapted retelling of a cinematic classic for all ages.

The Blu-ray package is loaded with bonus extras that reveal plenty of magic behind-the-scenes especially how the filmmakers brought Dumbo, his mom and the rest of the circus animal menagerie to life using state of the art special effects and motion capture actors. It was part of Burton's goal to make sure that the actors had plenty to work with especially in narrative the film's emotional arc. Additional features include Deleted Scenes, Bloopers and several Easter Eggs that'll be fun for the family to dive into.

available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD Rated PG

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".

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