Watch the First Trailer for Tim Burton’s Dumbo

To be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to Dumbo all that much. The original cartoon movie isn’t among my favorites, but there’s something about this morning teaser trailer that has my full attention: 

Tim Burton has great visual style, and his fantastical approach lends the trailer an air whimsy that makes everything mesh together really well. I’m getting distinctive Big Fish vibes (one of my favorit Burton films) and there’s nothing wrong with that. Where I had no interest before, this teaser for Dumbo has me anxious for more. 

From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.

Dumbo hits theaters on March 29, 2019