Dumbo is a 2019 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, with a screenplay written by Ehren Kruger. It is inspired by Walt Disney's 1941 animated film of the same name, itself based on the novel by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl. The film stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, and Alan Arkin.


Disney's Dumbo Theatrical Poster 2019
Disney's Dumbo Theatrical Poster 2019

Directed by Tim Burton
Produced by
  • Justin Springer
  • Ehren Kruger
  • Katterli Frauenfelder
  • Derek Frey
Screenplay by Ehren Kruger
Based on
  • Disney's Dumbo by Otto Englander, Joe Grant, Dick Huemer
  • Dumbo by Helen Aberson, Harold Pearl
  • Colin Farrell
  • Michael Keaton
  • Danny DeVito
  • Eva Green
  • Alan Arkin
  • Nico Parker
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Ben Davis
Edited by Chris Lebenzon
Production company
  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • Tim Burton Productions
  • Infinite Detective Productions
  • Secret Machine Entertainment
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date
  • March 11, 2019 (Los Angeles)
  • March 29, 2019
Country United States
Running Time 112 minutes
  • English
Budget n/a
Box Office n/a


A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer. Holt was once a circus star, but he went off to war and when he returned it had terribly altered him.


  • Colin Farrell as Holt Farrier: a war veteran and former circus star from Kentucky who is hired by Medici to care for the newborn elephant.
  • Michael Keaton as V. A. Vandevere: a ruthless and enigmatic entrepreneur who acquires a circus to exploit the titular elephant.
  • Danny DeVito as Max Medici: the ringmaster and owner of a small, struggling circus that gets acquired by V. A. Vandevere.
  • Eva Green as Colette Marchant: a French trapeze artist who performs at the circus.
  • Alan Arkin as J. Griffin Remington: a Wall Street tycoon.
  • Nico Parker as Milly Farrier: Holt's daughter.
  • Finley Hobbins as Joe Farrier: Holt's son.
  • DeObia Oparei as Rongo: the Strongo
  • Joseph Gatt as Neils Skellig
  • Sharon Rooney as Miss Atlantis
  • Roshan Seth as Pramesh Singh: a snake charmer.
  • Michael Buffer as Baritone Bates: a Dreamland ringmaster.
  • Frank Bourke as Puck
  • Edd Osmond as "Dumbo" Performer
  • Jo Osmond as Circus Cook
  • Lucy DeVito as Coat Check Girl
  • Sandy Martin as Verna The Secretary
  • Michael Buffer as Baritone Bates
  • Lars Eidinger as Hans Brugelbecker
  • Suan-Li Ong as Fringe Girl Dancer
  • Roshan Seth as Pramesh Singh
  • Bern Collaço as Joplin Audience Member
  • Zoë Scott as Lavish Apartment Maid
  • Douglas Reith as Sotheby
  • Zak Holland as Dreamland Audience Member
  • Sarah Bennani as Lindsay
  • Bernardo Santos as Circus Attendant
  • Angela Ashton as Colette Maid #1
  • Jessie Vinning as Dreamland New Yorker
  • Sarah Sayuri Hare as Lady
  • Joakim Skarli as Joplin Audience Member
  • Greg Canestrari as Joplin Heckler #1
  • Stuart Daly as Parade Soldier
  • Philip Rosch as Dreamland Reporter
  • Amerjit Deu as Ship Captain
  • Ian Porter as Cavendish
  • Richard Price as Dreamland Parade Guard / Joplin Townsfolk
  • Erick Hayden as Joplin Rancher #2
  • Zander James as Popcorn Vendor
  • Fraz Anthony as New Yorker
  • Ryan Hannaford as Farmer at Circus
  • Phil Zimmerman as Rufus Sorghum
  • Harry Taylor as Power Tower Guard
  • Frank Bourke as Puck the Organ Grinder
  • Jason Shillingford as New York Gentleman
  • Lampros Kalfuntzos as Dreamland Patron Guard (voice)
  • Joseph Macnab as Dreamland Reporter
  • Eleanor Ham as Maid
  • Alfie Allen as Reacting Teen / Dreamland Teen
  • Ben Matthew Saunders as New York Teen
  • Philips Nortey as Merchant Lewis
  • Leandro Omuri as Circus Guest
  • Jonathan Clifford as Circus Roustabout
  • Ragevan Vasan as Pritam
  • Nigel Lowe as Clarinetist
  • Will Rowlands as Mr. Wilcox - Customer (as Billy Rowlands)
  • Jessica Barker-Wren as Joplin Woman #3
  • Chris Rogers as Joplin Heckler #2
  • Clive Brunt as Burly Engineer
  • Nick Bartlett as Armored Truck Driver
  • Christian Wolf-La'Moy as Police Driver
  • Vincent Andriano as Isle Bridge Guard (voice)
  • Arthur Wilde as New Yorker
  • Pierre Bergman as Train Driver
  • Paul Riddell as Circus Goer
  • Scott Haney as Joplin Rancher #1
  • Callum Forman as Dreamland Patron
  • Charles M. Baker as New Yorker (voice)
  • Stephen Samson as New Yorker
  • Mickey Lewis as Joplin Policeman
  • Craig Thomas Lambert as Candy Floss Vendor
  • Matthew David McCarthy as Circus Gentleman
  • Tim Ingall as Joplin Audience Member
  • Jackson Kai as Boat Crew
  • Ken Byrd as Ochestra - Tuba Player
  • Julian Kershaw as Dreamland Orchestra Conductor
  • Andres Austin Bennett as Orchestra - Violinist
  • Simon Connolly as Dreamland Stage Manager
  • Samuel Woodhams as Ferris Wheel Male
  • Miguel Muñoz as Ivan The Wonderful
  • Georgie-May Tearle as Joplin / Medici / New York / Dreamland Lady
  • Kim Allen as Reacting Teen / Dreamland Teen
  • Zelda Rosset Colon as Annie Farrier
  • Ndongo Faye as Fireman
  • Rob Heanley as Dreamland Reporter
  • Michael Barron as New York VIP
  • Keith Lomas as Dreamland Socialite
  • Charles Robert Barrett as Guard
  • Carol Been as Joplin Woman #2
  • Marc Esse as Circus Goer
  • Zenaida Alcalde as Catherine The Greater
  • Henrihs Ahmadejevs as Circus Roustabout
  • Richard Leeming as Pipsqueak Engineer
  • Chris Ecob as Dreamland Vendor
  • Linda Gray as Dreamland Audience Member
  • Nigel Eaton as New York Gentleman
  • George Gjiggy Francis as New York Photographer
  • Matthew Cox as New Yorker
  • James Thomas Scott as Circus Gentleman
  • Heather Rome as Stuffy Society Woman
  • Mark Cross as Train Passenger
  • Steve Healey as Dreamland Parade Guard
  • Antonio de Faria as Orchestra Flute Player (voice)
  • Jiho Jung as Dreamland Girl
  • Anatoli Akerman as Clown
  • Alice Bonifacio as Colette Maid #2
  • Christine Symmonds as Dreamland Girl
  • Victoria Coburn as Dreamland Choir
  • Rufus as Circus Extra #24
  • John Southgate as New York Man
  • Victor Pietraru as Dreamland Vendor
  • Megan Crossland as Dreamland Girl
  • Jemma Ellison as Circus Rider
  • Keira Nicole Harris as Dreamland VIP
  • Ben Kelleher as Town's Folk
  • Virginia Coronado as Dreamland Audience Member
  • Jorge Espadas as Orchestra Mime
  • Trevor Bennett as New Yorker (uncredited)
  • David Thomas Coulter as Crowd Member (uncredited)
  • Tom Dab as Soldier (uncredited)
  • Kamil Lemieszewskia as Circus Attendant (uncredited)
  • Anthony Lowery as Dreamland Engineer (uncredited)
  • Rita McDonald Damper as Dreamland Lady (uncredited)
  • Hugh O'Brien as Dreamland Gentleman (uncredited)
  • Leah R. Powell as New Yorker (uncredited)
  • Mark Reader as New Yorker (uncredited)
  • Byron Schepen as Crowd Member (uncredited)
  • Matt Truman as New Yorker (uncredited)
  • Stuart Whelan as Fireman (uncredited)
  • Beth Willetts as Fringe Girl (uncredited)
  • Charlotte Worwood as Circus Goer (uncredited)


Plan of remaking of Disney's Dumbo live-action were announced in 2014 and Burton was confirmed as director in March 2015. Much of the cast signed on in March 2017 and principal photography began in July of that year in the United Kingdom, lasting until November.

On July 8, 2014, it was announced that a live-action adaptation of Dumbo was in development for Walt Disney Pictures. Ehren Kruger was confirmed as the screenwriter, and Justin Springer will serve as the producer along with Kruger. On March 10, 2015, Tim Burton was announced as the director. On July 15, 2017, Disney announced Dumbo would be released on March 29, 2019.


Danny Elfman was revealed on October 4, 2017, to be composing the film's score. Elfman said that "he and the production team knew they would have to find a musical identity for Dumbo that was purely Dumbo". Elfman developed the film's main theme as "a very simple theme" as Burton "feels it's a simple story". Elfman also wrote background music for the film's scenes in the circus, as well as themes based on the characters' experiences. He also wrote a theme for Medici and Vandevere which he described as "a bit of a wicked thing". The score plays homage to Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace 's score from the original film.

Norwegian singer Aurora performed a cover of the original film's song "Baby Mine" for the remake's trailer though it won't be featured in the film. Sharon Rooney will perform the song in the film. Additionally, Arcade Fire will perform an end-credits version of "Baby Mine" for the film, which was released as a single in March 11, 2019. Instrumental versions of the songs "Casey Junior", "When I See an Elephant Fly", and "Pink Elephants on Parade" from the original version are also featured in the film. The soundtrack, featuring Elfman's score and Arcade Fire's version of "Baby Mine", will be digitally released on March 29, 2019, and will be physically released on April 5, 2019.


Dumbo is set to be released in the United States in 2D and 3D by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on March 29, 2019. It held its world premiere at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles on March 11.


Disney's Dumbo Imax Poster 2019
Disney's Dumbo Imax Poster 2019

Box office

In the United States and Canada, Dumbo is projected to gross $58–75 million in its opening weekend.