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Tim Burton's 'Dumbo' Remake Is Less Likely to Give You Nightmares Than the Original

Heading into another year of ~questionable~ live-action Disney remakes, director of all that is morose and creepy, Tim Burton, has decided to throw his hat in the ring. In fact, Burton chose the most Tim Burton option to ever Tim Burton, Dumbo. You know, the one about the abused baby elephant that can fly because of his massive ears and a “magic” feather? That one.

Released in 1941, Dumbo is one of the oldest Disney classics. In fact, it was just Walt Disney Animation Studios’ fourth animated feature ever, preceded by Snow White, Pinocchio, and Fantasia. The story follows Jumbo Jr., nicknamed Dumbo (because kids are mean), as he sets off to become a famous, respected act at the circus with the help of his mentor Timothy Q. Mouse…who’s a mouse.

Surprisingly, Burton’s Dumbo—which hits theaters March 29, 2019—might actually end up less traumatizing than the original. Yea, yea, I know Dumbo was a beautiful tale about self-love and defying adversity, but those LSD demon elephants gave me nightmares for months.

I prefer the pretty bubble things that make a brief appearance in the remake’s trailer.

I also may have buried the lead that this visually stunning film will star some of your faves, including Colin Farrell, the man who’s hot in any era. Farrell plays Holt Farrier, a former performer returning from war to a failing circus, and given the job of taking care of our favorite elephant friend.

Additionally, Dumbo stars an adorable CGI elephant, two cute kids, Oscar-winning actor Michael Keaton, Always Sunny‘s Danny DeVito, Alan Arkin, and Eva Green.

While the new version trades Timothy Q. Mouse for a couple of kids and their father (Farrell), even I have to admit the film looks really freakin’ good, especially compared to Will Smith’s Aladdin reboot, which has Twitter a bit up in arms at the moment. Honestly though, I just rewatched the trailer again for the 300th time, and I might have to take back that original statement about nightmares…

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