Disney is developing a live action version of of the beloved 1941 film, Dumbo. Following the success of this year’s Maleficent , Disney is finding that rebooting their animated classics into live-action films is an excellent way to have an on-screen presence without coming up with an entirely new movie idea.
Disney has several upcoming reboots. Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella will hit screens in early 2015. The Jungle Book will follow. In addition, there’s also a script for Beauty and the Beast in the works. Dumbo has the power to be the most socially relevant film of them all. Bullying is at an all-time high with suicides, brutal attacks and other various hate crimes being the result. This live action version has the potential to speak out against bullying and make an impression on both children and adults. Poor Dumbo was mocked for being different. He was taken away from his mother and had no one to comfort him. Eventually, he found strength in himself and a friend to help him through everything. There is so much that can be done to make this story relatable to teens today. I cannot wait to see it.