Based off of the 1941 Disney classic Dumbo, the new Dumbo tells the story of the floppy-eared elephant through the eyes of Tim Burton. This version of Dumbo isn’t trying to make a cheap sell on nostalgia as it’s almost nothing like it’s 1941 counterpart in good and bad ways. I have a slight bias against Dumbo because I wasn’t into it as a kid, but the live-action version is enjoyable, to say the least. Whenever any film has a Disney logo slapped over it you know that there are morals and lessons to be learned. So without further ado:
Here are 3 Lessons You’ll Learn From Burton’s Dumbo:
1. Spread Your Wings And Learn To Fly: In order to fly and impress crowds all across the world, it takes a lot of courage for Dumbo to finally spread his ears. I think this message will easily empower kids to have a little more confidence to do great things. While I’m on the subject, I also want to point out that this was my favorite thing about the film. Dumbo flying through the air was captured beautifully, and Disney didn’t miss a beat with the CGI at all.
2. Celebrate Your Differences: Dumbo shows us that we should love ourselves no matter how we look. Whether you have freckles, curly hair, or big floppy ears, you should love yourself just the way you are. Throughout the movie, Dumbo is made fun of for his “abnormalities” until Dumbo learns to accept himself with the help of Milly and Joe Farrier. Obviously, self-acceptance is really important for us all to be reminded of, especially kids when they’re in one of the most influential parts of their lives.
3. Use Your Faults To Your Advantage: This one is the most practical of the three, but still very impactful. As you know, Dumbo isn’t like most elephants, and at first, this discourages him before he learns that he actually has a one of a kind talent because of his defect. For example, I have smaller hands than most men, but that allows me to reach the bottom of a Pringles can. Evolution at it’s finest.
Well, there you have it guys! Dumbo is out in theaters now and is definitely worth seeing. As I was saying before, you should expect a lot of changes with this version of Dumbo as opposed to the hour-long original. Like most of the films we cover here on the site, Dumbo is a great viewing option for the family of course. Go get your tickets and tell us what you think on social media!
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