DUMBO Trailer EASTER EGGS, Breakdown & Things You Missed

DUMBO Trailer EASTER EGGS, Breakdown & Things You Missed


The Dumbo live-action trailer just dropped
with a gorgeous look at Ninth Wonder of the Universe, the world’s only flying elephant. Yippee-ki-yay, movie lovers, it’s Jan here
and today I’m breaking down the first teaser trailer for Dumbo which is jam-packed with
easter eggs and other intriguing details you might have missed. The trailer kicks off with a cover of Baby
Mine, the beautiful and iconic song that Dumbo’s mother sang to him while she was locked up
in solitary confinement. The song received an Oscar nomination for
best original song in 1942 and for the live-action version it’s sung by Norwegian singer-songwriter
Aurora. The song is part of a heart-breaking moment
from the original movie where Dumbo’s mother cradles the baby elephant in her trunk as
she sings the lullaby. At the time, Mrs Jumbo had been locked away
after getting angry when her son was tormented by some boys. She was branded a Mad Elephant and there’s
a nod to that in the “Mad Elephant” sign you can see behind Dumbo in this image. And, just before that, it even looks like
another elephant was being carted away in a cage, perhaps his mother? In the original, Dumbo’s mother is still with
him at the end, so the trailer for the live-action movie could be teasing something darker possibly,
akin to Tim Burton’s previous movies. Now, in the original film, on the advice of
the crows, Timothy Q. Mouse employs a psychological trick with a pretend “magic feather” to give
Dumbo the confidence that he can fly. The new movie tips its hat to that moment
when new character Milly holds the feather up to Dumbo telling him to show others what
he can do. Indeed, Milly’s words to the young elephant
echo Timothy Q Mouse’s line when Dumbo flies for the first time at the circus. “Let’s show ’em, Dumbo.” “Here Dumbo. Show ’em.” By the way, the new film isn’t going to be
a direct recreation of the original movie. In fact, at CinemaCon, Disney revealed that
while “the original ends with the elephant flying”, Tim Burton’s film actually “[takes]
that as a jumping off point for Dumbo’s newest story” which will be an expanded version of
what we’re expecting. Which means that the feather in this scene
here is probably more of a reminder to Dumbo of what he can do already, rather than a mental
trick to get him to consciously fly for the first time in front of an audience. I think Milly is going to play a key role
in the new movie – in fact, notice the actual key she’s wearing as a necklace. And she seems to be replacing the part of
Timothy Q. Mouse as Dumbo’s best friend and confidante. She’s played by Nico Parker, the daughter
of actress Thandie Newton and filmmaker Ol Parker. I love this image of a pink elephant surrounded
by bubbles, which is a lovely call-back to the scene in Disney’s classic animation where
Dumbo and Timothy Q Mouse accidentally got drunk on champagne and started hallucinating
pink and multi-coloured elephants! Also, notice, as he’s about to be raised up
on this platform here, that Dumbo is wearing a triangular-shaped headpiece with a D on
it, which very much reminds me of the scene in the animated movie where Dumbo carries
a flag adorned with the letter D as he’s about to launch himself into the air to form the
top of an elephant pyramid. Speaking of pyramids, the choreography and
geometric shapes in this scene here pay homage to the extravagant musical numbers staged
by famed director and musical choreographer Busby Berkeley, which is actually 100% perfect
for Tim Burton’s Dumbo because, as well as films such as 42nd Street, Busby Berkeley
also choreographed the musical Billy Rose’s Jumbo, which just happens to be another movie
about a circus featuring an elephant named Jumbo, and, of course, Jumbo Jr was Dumbo’s
real name in the original animation. It looks like Burton is going to wow us with
plenty of fantastic visuals of Dreamland and I’m curious whether that “Wonders of Science”
attraction might be a sly reference to the former Wonders of Life pavilion at Epcot,
Walt Disney World. Something it doesn’t look like we’ll see adapted
from the animation are the storks which deliver the baby circus animals including Dumbo himself. There’s likely a nod to this via the flock
of birds which fly past the elephant’s enclosure, which seems like a bit of a message to the
audience that we shouldn’t expect exactly the same movie as the original because no,
these aren’t storks. Another thing I really don’t think we’ll be
seeing in this new film are the animated crow characters as they’ve been heavily criticised
as racist stereotypes of African Americans. They do, of course, sing the famous “When
I See An Elephant Fly” song and I wonder if we’ll get an updated version of that in this
movie. As I mentioned before, the new movie is a
sort of continuation or expansion of the original film from 1941, by the end of which Dumbo
was famous, with aircraft even being made in his likeness during World War Two. In terms of the timeline of the live-action
film, that’s set just after the Second World War. Notice that Colin Farrell’s character Holt,
who’s a veteran, is missing an arm, presumably an injury from the war; and he and his two
children discover Dumbo for the first time hiding underneath a pile of straw. At Disney’s CinemaCon presentation, it was
revealed that Danny DeVito runs a travelling circus that’s struggling to keep going. DeVito’s character is called Max Medici and
he’s trying to use Dumbo’s fame as an “amazing flying elephant” to bring people to the circus. However, Medici also has to reprimand his
employees for their mistreatment of Dumbo and it seems this might be why Dumbo’s hiding
away here. I think the scene where Holt and his kids
discover Dumbo might also be a little tribute to when Mrs Jumbo unwrapped her new delivery
from the storks in the animated feature and revealed the adorable calf for the first time. And talking of Dumbo and his mother, I also
liked how the weather vane at the beginning of the trailer has a young elephant holding
onto the tail of an older elephant, just like we saw Dumbo do with his mother many times
in the original film. Now, how excited are you for the new Dumbo
movie? And what other cool details or easter eggs
did you spot in the trailer? Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments
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