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Disney Teases Live-Action ‘Lion King’, ‘Dumbo’ & More At CinemaCon

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Disney dropped a trailer featurette combo of Tim Burton’s Dumbo, a very ornate period piece that brings to mind such movies as The Greatest Showman, Burton’s circus tale Big Fish and Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful. But they also had more: Before their CinemaCon session ended, they dropped “The Circle of Life” opening sequence to Jon Favreau’s The Lion King which hits theaters July 19, 2019.

Essentially, it’s shot for shot with the 1994 feature toon, but what a difference real animals (or what looks like real animals) makes. Baby Simba looks great and there’s a shot of Rafiki rubbing his forehead with red dust and raising him to the other animals. A big cheer from the crowd here in the Colosseum at Caesars.

While there were still images of Dumbo during that clip, we don’t get to see the CGI pachyderm in action. Danny DeVito said, that the animated film ends with “Dumbo flying off and this one begins with him flying off” as we see first POV swoop around the inside tent. DeVito plays the circus ringleader with Colin Farrell saying that it’s a “family” story. From the images, it’s a very faithful homage to the original 1941 animated film. No trippy Burton-esque images or scary clowns here.

The film opens on March 29 next year. As with such things at CinemaCon, the trailers are never dropped in sync with their reveals here at the exhibitor confab.

Disney’s live action takes on their animated vault have been a very lucrative portion of the studio with last year’s Beauty and the Beast earning close to $415M in profit. To a certain degree Burton gets credit for getting Disney’s recent wave of live action animated reboots going: His 2011 Alice in Wonderland rained $1 billion down on the Burbank, CA-based studio.

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