The yearning for a mother-and-child reunion radiates through Walt Disney Studios' full trailer for "Dumbo," director Tim Burton's upcoming live-action adaptation of the classic 1941 animated feature.
Told primarily from the perspective of young Milly (Nico Parker) and her little brother Joe (Finley Hobbins), the children of a wounded World War I veteran (Colin Farrell) who has been hired to care for a rundown circus' new baby elephant, the nearly two-and-a-half-minute trailer shows the magical pachyderm slowly realizing he can fly. Dumbo then finds himself exploited by entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who, in what seems a daring self-referential observation about Disney itself, wants to build an amusement park called Dreamland.
"Together," Vandevere entices circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito), "we can soar on that elephant's wings."
Complicating that plan is Milly and Joe's vow to reunite Dumbo with his mother — forcing their father to take a side. "Your children need you to believe in them," the beautiful aerialist Colette Marchant (Eva Green), tells him. Alan Arkin also stars.
Directed by Burton ("Alice in Wonderland," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger ("Ophelia," "Dream House"), the family fantasy film is scheduled for release March 29.