First Reactions To Tim Burton’s Dumbo Are A Mixed Bag

Whoever it was at Disney that decided that live-action remakes of their animated classics were the way to go deserves a raise. Both The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast outperformed box office expectations, meaning that the future holds many more in the same vein. But, first impressions of Dumbo, Tim Burton’s take on Disney’s classic tale of a deformed elephant, suggests that the film might have a decidedly mixed reception.

The pic recently had some press screenings, with critics and industry insiders posting their impressions on social media. Nobody outright hated it, but it seems that praise for Dumbo has been a little restrained. Those who really loved it point to a “blessedly surprising pro-animal rights message,” as well as heaping praise on the film’s set design and the CGI effects used to create the titular pachyderm.

However, there are numerous reactions like @Tom_Jorgenson

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