This is Danny DeVito's fourth collaboration with Tim Burton after Batman Returns (1992), Mars Attacks! (1996), and Big Fish (2003). In three of them, he has played a circus member.
Nico Parker's acting debut. She filmed her part while her mother, Thandie Newton, finished the fellow Disney production Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) on a nearby movie set.
Will Smith and Tom Hanks were approached for roles. Smith was interested but backed out to do Bad Boys for Life (2020) and would later sign on for Aladdin (2019). Hanks was courted for a villain role, but turned it down to film Greyhound (2019).
This is Michael Keaton's fourth collaboration with Tim Burton after Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), and Batman Returns (1992).
This is Eva Green's third collaboration with Tim Burton after Dark Shadows (2012) and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016).
Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito previously appeared together in Johnny Dangerously (1984) and Batman Returns (1992). In both films, Keaton was the protagonist and DeVito played a villain. Here, Keaton is the villain and DeVito plays a supporting character.
This is Tim Burton's first live-action remake of a Disney animated film. This does not include Alice in Wonderland (2010) which is a sequel to the original film and not a reimagining of the 1950s animated film.
There are no talking animals in this adaptation as in the 1941 animated film; instead the story is revised to include more human characters, focusing more so on their perspective. Thus major animal characters from the original film such as Timothy Q Mouse and the Crows make no appearance.
This is the second collaboration between Tim Burton and Alan Arkin, with the first being Edward Scissorhands (1990).
Based off Tim Burton's other previous interpretation of past existing, remake material, this is expected to be a darker, more serious tone and take on the Disney original classic.
The cover of "Baby Mine", used in the teaser trailer, is performed by the Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora Aksnes, who was on tour in Brazil when she performed the track. This is the first time she contributes to a movie soundtrack. The original rendition was written by Ned Washington and Frank Churchill. It was nominated for a Best Song Academy Award.
Will Smith declining to star in this film and instead choosing to appear in Aladdin (2019) makes him the second actor to choose a live-action remake of a Disney Renaissance movie over a live-action adaptation of a Walt Disney animated film. Emma Watson was offered the titular role in Cinderella (2015) but chose to play Belle in Beauty and the Beast (2017) instead.
This is Michael Keaton's fourth Disney film, after Herbie Fully Loaded (2005), Cars (2006), and Toy Story 3 (2010). Keaton also starred in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), which is technically distributed by Sony/Columbia but is part of Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Both Colin Farrell and Michael Keaton have played Marvel Comics villains: Farrell as Bullseye in Daredevil (2003) and Keaton as Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
This is the first live action reboot of a Disney animated feature film that's completely original and not an adaption of anything. The original Dumbo film was based on a children's story, but it wasn't a fairy tale, but a tool for a miniature panorama toy device.
This will be the second live action reboot of a Disney animated feature film to discard the spoken dialogue of the animal characters. The first had been Cinderella (2015) with the title character's mice friends.
This is the first live action reboot of a Disney animated feature film and the second Disney film overall to feature a biracial family after A Wrinkle in Time (2018).
Will be the third live action reboot of a Disney animated feature film to release in March, after Cinderella (2015) and Beauty and the Beast (2017), as well as the second Disney film from Tim Burton to release in March, after Alice in Wonderland (2010).
This is the second Disney film to have a heroine named Collette, after Ratatouille (2007).
Danny DeVito (Medici) and Sandy Martin (Verma) have appeared on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005) together.
It's based upon a story written by husband-wife team Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl, and is loosely inspired by Walt Disney's 1941 animated film of the same name.