Max Medici is the owner of a traveling circus that has everything you’d want to see in a show: super-strong men, crazy clowns, and trapeze artists that defy gravity.
Even better, the circus has a pregnant elephant whose newborn calf soon could be the center of the act. For a circus owner living in 1919 America, that’s worth calling the local newspaper reporters. That’s worth attention – and ticket sales.
But then his plan goes awry.
The birth goes as expected, but the newborn elephant looks nothing like the elephant he wanted. It has huge floppy ears – ears so big that they cover his face and elicit stares from crowds.
It is, Medici says, a “freak.”
“We are not advertising this baby.”
Soon, though, Medici learns this strange-looking elephant has a surprising talent.
The Disney film Dumbo (PG) opens this weekend, starring Danny DeVito as Medici, Colin Farrell as animal caretaker Holt Farrier, and Michael Keaton as V. A. Vandevere, the owner of a theme park.
Here are four things parents should know:
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