Tim Burton to direct live action Dumbo


Disney has been on a roll lately with live action versions of their classic films. Disney has been very successful with films like Maleficent, and Alice in Wonderland.  This Friday, the studio launches another live action film with Kenneth Branaugh’s Cinderella. The studio also has a live action version of Beauty and The Beast starring Emma Watson and Luke Evans planned. Last year they announced the production of a live action Dumbo film. Now that film has a director.

Tim Burton, is slated to direct the live action film about the elephant who has ears so big he can fly. The 1941 film was the studio’s fourth animated feature and was a huge hit with audiences. The director last helmed Alice in Wonderland for the Studio,  which was critical bomb, but made over a billion dollars at the box office.

Burton has directed and produced many children’s films before, with Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,  and Nightmare before Christmas.  He’s also shown his prowess with a unique big top in films like Big Fish.
Dumbo will combine live action and animated animals, and will follow the tale of the elephant who could fly.

We’re just waiting for the announcement of Johnny Depp as Timothy Mouse, or other Burton regulars.

The big question for us, of course,  will be what kind of effect will this have on the famous attractions at Disney parks? The attraction at Magic Kingdom underwent a massive makeover as part of the New Fantasyland expansion. 
Disney also has a habit of remodeling their attractions to reflect current trends in movies. Pirates of the Caribbean underwent huge changes after the films became immensely popular.

We’ll have to see if we’ve done seen everything when the movie comes out.

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