Dumbo trailer: Tim Burton's live-action take on Disney tale soars

Dumbo soars to new heights in the first trailer for Tim Burton's live-action remake of Disney's 1941 animated classic — and we're already sobbing. 

Set to a melancholic rendition of "Baby Mine" by Aurora, that heart-tugging track Dumbo's mother sings to him in the original film, the Dumbo trailer teases a darker take on the touching tale of the one-in-a-million baby elephant who inspires hope and inspiration everywhere he goes — particularly in places where only loss and sorrow reside. 

Though Dumbo's enormous ears initially set him up as the fall guy in an already failing circus, fate turns in his favor when circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) and former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), along with his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins), discover that Dumbo can fly — just the type of awe-inspiring, audience-attracting spectacle the circus needs to thrive again. But when entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton) recruits Dumbo as part of his entertainment venture Dreamland, where he's meant to perform alongside the dazzling aerial artist Colette Marchant (Eva Green), everyone soon learns that the grass isn't always greener under a different big top. 

Take a look at the trailer above, and check out the first poster for the film below.

Dumbo is the latest in a string of live-action remakes Disney has already released — following after movies like The Jungle Book, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast — and is part of an even longer line-up of films yet to come — including Christopher Robin, Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, Peter Pan, Tink, The Sword in the Stone, Pinocchio, Cruella, The Little Mermaid, Rose Red, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and more. 

Burton directed 2010's Alice in Wonderland, one of the first remakes from Disney that blended live-action performances and CGI — the same marriage of traditional footage and computer graphics magic seen in the Dumbo trailer. With the filmmaker, who has honed his unique directorial style and visual aesthetic over his decades-long career, behind the helm, Dumbo is sure to be a treat for both the eyes and the heart. And if this first-look footage is truly indicative of what the rest of the film will look and feel like (and isn't lying to us like some trailers have in the past), it just might be great enough to sweeten the sourness of Burton's most infamous remake: the divisiveinsulting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which followed up the beloved 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Dumbo will fly into theaters on March 29, 2019.