Disney’s Dumbo remake is certainly one of its far more interesting choices of films, tasking director Tim Burton with bringing the beloved golden age Disney classic to life through his signature dark and weird stylistic choices, but still filled with heart and a bit of ambition. Dumbo doesn’t quite always hit the same marks as it’s original but has a few positive highlights and we have had much to say about it in our initial review upon its release in March. With the film heading towards its home release, how does Disney’s new remake stack up alongside the film? Overall, Dumbo on Blu-Ray makes for a somewhat entertaining and compelling release alongside a moderately fun film.
First off, Dumbo includes some fascinating bonus features, including several features that fully break down some of the key sequences in the film, from the massive sets that were built to bring this extravagant movie to life. To see the collaborative effort on this film is truly mesmerizing, and it is fascinating to see that effort from behind the scenes, including the ‘Dreamland’ sequences, which for the most part consist of an actual entire set. Elsewhere, a featurette titled ‘The Elephant in the Room’ tackles the work that goes into bringing the CGI Dumbo to life, with insight from stunt performer Edd Osmond, who ‘plays’ Dumbo on-set entirely in a green-screen costume. In a behind-the-scenes look unfamiliar to most Disney titles, this feature takes a look at the props/costumes that make up Dumbo, and the (sometimes bizarre) CG magic that creates the realistic look on-screen.
There’s also a sizeable amount of Deleted Scenes, all of which showcase the great budget and lengths this remake went to in terms of its vast sets and characters. The Deleted Scenes don’t truly add too much to the film but do offer some fun insight into the wackiness that was almost part of Tim Burton’s newest film. There’s also the general ‘Easter Egg’ special feature, that touches on the hidden details in the film, a Blooper Reel, and a ‘Baby Mine’ music video. All in all, Dumbo’s release isn’t anything spectacular but does feature some fun features to accompany the film.
The full list of bonus features:
- Circus Spectaculars- Go behind-the-scenes with Tim Burton with a look at the characters, sets, and inspiration of the film and the work that went into creating the film.
- The Elephant in the Room – Behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the CGI Dumbo, with footage of the on-set stand-in and stunt doubles
- Anatomy of a Scene (Dreamland) – See the phenomenal ‘Dreamland’ set be brought to life in this amazing featurette, through time-lapse footage and insight from the crew
- Built to Amaze – Showcase of the sets built for the film, with insight from set designers and animators
- Easter Eggs on Parade – A look at the many hidden details of the film, and their ties to the original film
- Deleted Scenes
- Clowning Around (Blooper Reel)
- “Baby Mine” Performed by Arcade Fire Music Video
In this new age of Disney live-action remakes, it can certainly feel tiring to be fed the same film(s) time and again, when the originals were majestic classic works deep within Disney heritage. While Tim Burton’s style is of its own legend, Dumbo has quite a hard time recapturing that same magic, and while it’s Blu-Ray doesn’t quite live up to anything amazing in its own right, it’s nice to see that Disney heritage represented to any extent.
Dumbo is now available on Blu-Ray and Digital