Disney to Develop Live Action DUMBO Movie Based on Animated Classic

July 8
2:42 2014

Variety reports that Disney is developing a live action "Dumbo" film, based on the animated classic. The script will be penned by 'Transformers' scribe Ehren Kruger, who will also produce the film along with Justin Springer. No further details have been announced.

1941's Dumbo, the fourth animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, is based upon the storyline written by Helen Aberson and illustrated by Harold Pearl for the prototype of a novelty toy ("Roll-a-Book").The main character is Jumbo Jr., a semi-anthropomorphic elephant who is cruelly nicknamed "Dumbo". He is ridiculed for his big ears, but in fact he is capable of flying by using his ears as wings. Throughout most of the film, his only true friend, aside from his mother, is the mouse, Timothy - a relationship parodying the stereotypical animosity between mice and elephants.

Dumbo was made to recoup the financial losses of Fantasia. It was a deliberate pursuit of simplicity and economy for the Disney studio, and at 64 minutes, it is one of Disney's shortest animated features.

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