There isn’t much I remember from the animated version of Dumbo. I know it’s an elephant that can fly. However when we saw that Tim Burton was taking on the film in a live action version, I knew it would be something we could enjoy. We received an advanced copy from our friends at Walt Disney Home Studios to review and it was the perfect film to add to our summer collection.
In “Dumbo,” struggling circus owner Max Medici enlists former star Holt Farrier and his children to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock. But when they discover that Dumbocan fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive but sinister entrepreneur V.A.Vandevere, who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, spectacular, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland.
“Dumbo” will be released in several different formats, giving families the flexibility to watch it on a variety of devices. Viewers can watch the film in Digital 4K UHD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film as the 4K Ultra HD Edition (4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code) and a single DVD.
Bonus features include*:
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:
- CIRCUS SPECTACULARS: Dumbo’s cast share their experience of making the film—and get to the heart of a story about family and believing in yourself.
- THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: Explore how one of Disney’s most lovable characters went from an animated classic to a stunning live-action retelling.
- BUILT TO AMAZE: Get a closer look at the film’s production and costume design.
- DELETED SCENES: A compelling collection of scenes that almost made the final film.
- Roustabout Rufus
- Pachyderm Plans
- The Other Medici Brother
- Monkey Business
- A Star Is Born
- Where’s Dumbo
- Elephant Heist
- A Seat at the Show
- EASTER EGGS ON PARADE: Discover the hidden and not-so-hidden nods to the animated Dumbo in this narrated tribute to the Disney classic.
- CLOWNING AROUND: Laugh along with the cast in a collection of big-top bloopers and goofs from the set.
- “BABY MINE”: Visual video performed by Arcade Fire
- DREAMLAND – ANATOMY OF A SCENE: From Final Script to Final Scene: The filmmakers and cast talk a lot about the feeling of “grand intimacy” in the film. Step right up as they bring the Dreamland parade to life, accomplishing the rare marriage of a massive spectacle combined with an emotional tenderness.
Free Activity Sheet
To celebrate the in-home release of Dumbo you can learn how to juggle. I’m awful at juggling. It’s not something I’ve ever been able to do well, but if it’s something you’ve been considering, check out this awesome activity sheet to learn how.
My Thoughts on the Film
We were pretty excited about Dumbo. It was the kids first time seeing the movie and the live action version was perfect. It was filled with lots of our favorite actors and actresses both older and more current. We loved the circus theme for the summer since it’s a popular time for the circus and carnivals. One of our favorite scenes was watching Dumbo fly. It was so magical and the kids just loved it. I think Dumbo would be a great family film everyone can enjoy. Simply pop some popcorn and serve up some peanuts for a circus feel and enjoy the film.
Pick up your copy of Dumbo at your favorite retailer or order it online and be prepared for a great movie night everyone will enjoy.