Disney's pillaging of their back catalogue and in turn, our childhood, continues with this live action remake of the beloved 1941 classic about a young elephant with ears so big they allow him to fly. Drafting in Tim Burton as director, after his success with Alice in Wonderland, seems a logical choice as he brings his distinctive signature artistic flair and slightly offbeat sentiments to what is essentially a rather sentimental story. Considering the original animation is barely over 60 mins long, you would expect a lot of padding in the new version, if only to give the live cast time to strut their stuff whilst the CGI team takes care of the spectacle of a flying elephant. And there lies the problem. There is no doubt the production side of this film is excellent, if not awe-inspiring. The Medici Brothers Circus and Vandevere's Dreamland are both rendered perfectly in a colour saturated Art Deco style that is a feast for the eyes; while the CG animals, including Dumbo's flight, look real and believable enough. However, Ehren Kruger's script struggles in its shift of focus from Dumbo to the live actors. Colin Farrell's returning WWI soldier story is hokier than Dumbo's while Michael Keaton is left to ham it up as a pantomime villain. In what can only be described as a subversive move, the new story is framed in the context of Vandevere's big conglomerate Dreamland (which brings to mind a certain Magic Kingdom) trying to take advantage and usurp Danny DeVito's smaller independent Medici Brothers Circus, but the script, with its paper-thin and inconsistent characterizations, is light as a feather and disappointingly broad. So, a Batman Returns reunion notwithstanding, the only thing that flies here is the CGI elephant but the film stalls on takeoff.