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Published On: Thu, Mar 12th, 2015

Tim Burton hired to direct ‘Dumbo’ film, PETA speaks out

Disney has plans to retell Dumbo with Tim Burton behind the director’s chair, and PETA wasted no time in calling for  some changes this time around. Specifically, they want Burton to change the ending to be more animal-friendly.

The 1941 Dumbo ends with the big-eared baby elephant and his mother, Mrs. Jumbo, getting their own car on the circus train and PETA’s senior vice president Lisa Lange revealed some other ideas which she has in mind:

We’re hopeful that in your adaptation of Dumbo, the young elephant and his mother can have a truly happy ending by living out their lives at a sanctuary instead of continuing to be imprisoned and abused in the entertainment industry.

We love the original Dumbo because it tells the story of the heartbreaking abuse that elephants in circuses endure, and we hope you will keep this storyline in the new film. A bullhook is a sharp metal weapon used in circuses to control elephants — and it’s the same tool used by elephant trainers in film and television. And just like in the circus, elephants used in film and television don’t perform because they want to. They perform because they’re afraid that they’ll be beaten if they don’t.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus made headlines by choosing to phase out its iconic elephant acts. There is no word on the changes to Burton’s new version.

The script was written by Transformers franchise writer Ehren Kruger, but there is no other details and no release date.

The 1941 classic "Dumbo" may be getting a "live-action" adaptation

The 1941 classic “Dumbo” may be getting a “live-action” adaptation

 

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