From the vision of eccentric director Tim Burton comes the live-action remake of the beloved classic “Dumbo” which tells the story of a baby elephant with large ears who learns how to fly.

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The magical and inspiring story is told from different perspectives featuring tons of brand new material while still maintaining the basic premise.

Though the original version and the live-action counterpart have several differences, its basic themes remain the same such as the importance of family, embracing uniqueness, and believing in one’s self.

Here, we highlight some of the major differences between the 2 films, so spoiler alert!

1The animals don’t talk

Animals are not the focus in this movie – apart from Dumbo and his mother, so none of them can talk, unlike some of the ones in the original animation. That’s why, a considerable amount of animal characters from the classic have been removed or replaced by humans in the remake.

2Dumbo is not delivered by a stork

Unlike the original Disney movie, Dumbo was not delivered by a stork, which in European folklore, is known for bringing babies to new parents. In the remake, Mrs. Jumbo gives birth naturally to Dumbo like any mother would. However, a stork does appear briefly in the remake, before Mrs. Jumbo gives birth.

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4How Dumbo got his name

Dumbo was originally named Jumbo Jr., but because of his huge ears, he is nicknamed Dumbo by other elephants in the 1941 version. In the Tim Burton’s version, the baby elephant gets the name by accident when a sign above him saying “Dear Baby Jumbo” is rearranged as “Dumbo”.

5The dancing pink elephants

One of the most famous scenes of 1941’s “Dumbo” is the dancing pink elephant scene, which is deemed as controversial due to the inclusion of alcohol and drunkenness. The sequence appears in the new movie as fancy bubbles which serve as the opening act before Dumbo’s flying act.

6Dumbo flies a lot in the remake

Dumbo only flies a few times in the original movie, especially towards the ending. But in the retelling, he is seen flying a lot and he even carries a human or two with him on his back.

7The circus go to Dreamland

The remake extend the original movie by introducing new characters and plot. After Dumbo’s successful flying act in the circus, an amusement park tycoon who has his eyes on Dumbo has decided to bring the whole circus to his theme park, Dreamland, where Dumbo and the Farrier family face more obstacles and danger.

9Dumbo and Mrs. Jumbo leave the circus 

In the original version, Dumbo becomes a media sensation after his flying act. He and his mother are given a private car on the circus train. But in Tim Burton’s movie, Dumbo and his mom leave the circus to find their family in the jungle.

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