Allow me to pose a question: Have you ever come across something so ridiculous you refuse to believe it's true? I have. Disney plans to introduce a live action series of its classics. From a far, this is a concept that seems a little risky, and could cause a possible headache. The first animation classic to get this pricy makeover is Dumbo (1941).
The sweet tale of a baby elephant who faces the ultimate struggle of a lifetime. He's separated from his Mother and becomes the laughingstock of the circus. I'm not going to outline a complete synopsis. I'm sure we've all grown up with Disney classics. In fact, I'm not ashamed to admit Walt Disney's animation played a fundamental role in developing my language skills. It was fun, pleasing to the eye, and somewhat disguised life's trials and tribulations with fairytale storylines. At seven years old you hold onto the possibility of life panning out for you just like a fairytale. You hope life will start, continue and end with a happily ever after.
Disney recently announced plans to collaborate with Tim Burton on this project. He fits the bill, if you ask me. Even if Disney has a capable team working on this movie, I can't deny the fact that I'm struggling to visualise exactly what it’ll look like. I'm not sure if this is adding salt to the wound, but it's been confirmed live animals will be on set. I mean, c'mon this maybe its USP, but don't you think it's a little cruel, not to mention crazy?
My skepticism is based on the fact I despise Tim Burton’s work. His concepts are too theatrical for me, too much too soon. His work slightly resembles musicals and because I keep reminding myself of that, I’ve never been a huge fan of his catalogue. I would like to point out; it’s not my intention to bash Tim Burton to the ground. He does have a few likeable titles; ‘Beetlejuice’ (1988) and ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas, (1993) for example. I try to imagine Dumbo recreated in live action, and my heart hits my throat! I’m not convinced; especially when I think about Dumbo’s first ever circus act. Flames and planks spell nothing but disaster to me. I’m guessing there will be talking animals, there has to be, talking animals is what Disney does best. Can you imagine stacking and flying elephants? The idea seems overcomplicated. That being said; If Disney and Burton do pull this off, it could be magical. Hollywood should never be underestimated!