'Dumbo': First Image Revealed as Cast and Release Date Are Confirmed

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Speaking in a pre-recorded video, he told the D23 audience, "Dumbo was always one of my favorite Disney films".

Filming has begun on Disney's live-action version of the beloved animated film, Dumbo, with Tim Burton in the director's chair. Burton's movie will include both live-action and animated elements. But it is the Casey Jr. train and the concept art that tells us a lot about the world that Burton is creating.

Disney also revealed a maquette used to model the CGI Dumbo for the live-action film at the event on Saturday.

The live-action cast is rounded out by Roshan Seth, DeObia Oparei, Sharon Rooney, and Douglas Reith. If you saw Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, then you will recognize some of the aesthetical similarities.

Among the slew of announcements made at D23, Deadline reports that Disney's live-action DUMBO now has a release date.

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According to Oh My Disney, the film will star Danny Devito as the circus owner and Colin Farrell as Dumbo's carer, Holt Carrier.

Walt Disney's classic animated tale Dumbo, which opened October 23, 1941, won an Oscar for best scoring of a musical picture and was nominated for best original song for "Baby Mine".

The film's official synopsis states: 'Circus owner Max Medici (DeVito) enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughing stock in an already struggling circus.

Ehren Kruger - who wrote the middle three "Transformers" movies - penned the script, with Katterli Frauenfelder, Derek Frey, Justin Springer, and Kruger producing.

Farrier's children (Parker and Hobbins) find out that the baby has flying powers, and entrepreneur VA Vandevere (Keaton) and aerial artist Colette Marchant (Green) arrive on the scene to make Dumbo a star.

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