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PETA has requested Tim Burton change the ending for his new version of Dumbo

03.16.2015

Last week it was revealed that Tim Burton would direct Disney's remake of their classic DUMBO. Based on a script being drafted by Ehren Kruger, DUMBO would tell the story of the elephant with the over-sized ears who learns to fly. The movie remains one of the more traumatic films in the childhoods of many thanks to the mad elephant scenes and the torture at the hands of the circus handlers. Now it looks like some are hoping the new film can change these moments for a new generation.

PETA has issued a letter to Tim Burton with a request for a different ending to the new film from the original animated classic.

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. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.

With the recent news that Ringling Bros. would no longer feature elephants in their circus shows (due to restrictions from the venues they visit rather than humanitarian reasons), this does not come as a surprise. PETA has often been the first to warn filmmakers against the mistreatment of animals in film productions, occasionally to a fault, but I have no problem with this. Granted, I never once thought the original movie glorified or supported the mistreatment of elephants by circuses, I can see the point. I would probably be more in favor if someone wrote a letter ensuring that Ehren Kruger keeps the racist crows out of the new movie.

DUMBO has no production or release date, but I would expect to see it in 2018.

Source: PETA

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10:01AM on 03/17/2015
Forget PETA and what they think, how about we just not make this movie because it sounds like an awful idea? Best case scenario, Burton comes to his senses and delivers as faithful an adaptation as Cinderella was (which we DONT need and would piss off PETA) or he does his Tim Burton thing of recent years which takes a proverbial dump on a classic as he did with Alice.
Forget PETA and what they think, how about we just not make this movie because it sounds like an awful idea? Best case scenario, Burton comes to his senses and delivers as faithful an adaptation as Cinderella was (which we DONT need and would piss off PETA) or he does his Tim Burton thing of recent years which takes a proverbial dump on a classic as he did with Alice.
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9:43AM on 03/17/2015
Where was PETA when Legolas slayed an oliphaunt?
Where was PETA when Legolas slayed an oliphaunt?
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9:25AM on 03/17/2015
Wouldn't the portrayal of animals suffering for human entertainment raise awareness about the issue? To remove the concept from a story is almost ignoring the issue and pretending that animals aren't mistreated. Who watched Dumbo and was taught that hurting elephants is fun?
Wouldn't the portrayal of animals suffering for human entertainment raise awareness about the issue? To remove the concept from a story is almost ignoring the issue and pretending that animals aren't mistreated. Who watched Dumbo and was taught that hurting elephants is fun?
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7:45PM on 03/17/2015
My thoughts exactly and I'm a vegan.
My thoughts exactly and I'm a vegan.
3:49AM on 03/17/2015
I have a feeling this movie will end up getting shelved, I could care less about PETA, but in these oversensitive PC times, this doesn't seem like a movie worth making. Move onto Beetlejuice 2 Mr. Burton, it's not worth this hassle.
I have a feeling this movie will end up getting shelved, I could care less about PETA, but in these oversensitive PC times, this doesn't seem like a movie worth making. Move onto Beetlejuice 2 Mr. Burton, it's not worth this hassle.
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2:51AM on 03/17/2015
I've never understood the problem with the crows. There were blacks musicians like that back then, they were even voiced by black musicians.I view it as no different than if they were portrayed as rappers today.
I've never understood the problem with the crows. There were blacks musicians like that back then, they were even voiced by black musicians.I view it as no different than if they were portrayed as rappers today.
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2:38AM on 03/17/2015
Oh for fuck's sake.
Oh for fuck's sake.
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2:18AM on 03/17/2015

Michael Keaton, Paul Reubens, Jack Nicholson, Danny Devito, Michelle Pfeifer, and Christopher Walken

Lets get the cast right. #BurtonAlumnis
Lets get the cast right. #BurtonAlumnis
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2:05AM on 03/17/2015
The stupidity of this doesn't even deserve to be acknowledged..

sometimes this world just hurts my hair with its stupidity
The stupidity of this doesn't even deserve to be acknowledged..

sometimes this world just hurts my hair with its stupidity
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12:52AM on 03/17/2015

Dear Tim Burton

I would just like to take this opportunity to encourage you to have the chutzpah to tell a genuine story, a story that resonates and ignites emotion, rather than a watered-down bullshit "happy-ending" movie. PETA is a joke and they have shown themselves time and time again to have no understanding of what makes people really think and care about animals. Dumbo is a transcendent tale of the love between mother and child, of optimism in the face of brutality, of honesty in the face of false
I would just like to take this opportunity to encourage you to have the chutzpah to tell a genuine story, a story that resonates and ignites emotion, rather than a watered-down bullshit "happy-ending" movie. PETA is a joke and they have shown themselves time and time again to have no understanding of what makes people really think and care about animals. Dumbo is a transcendent tale of the love between mother and child, of optimism in the face of brutality, of honesty in the face of false pretenses (not unlike those pretenses PETA frequently employs in a blatantly self-aggrandizing fashion). Do these people have no irony, no self awareness? Dumbo is a tale that does not bow to sugar-coated fantasy, fantasy which has no footing in reality. If PETA's purpose is to enrage people, then they have succeeded...and at least we are talking about the animals. But they have no place demanding that an artistic vision be distorted simply for their own narrow-minded purposes...and shame on them for trying to water down a topic such as animal cruelty. Maybe one day a legitimate organization will rise up with some sense to it to help humanity protect the rest of this natural world and its inhabitants, but God willing, do NOT let PETA disrupt your storytelling ambitions. I have faith that you will make a great film with a great story because you are a great artist. Sincerely, Michael Mehler
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11:47PM on 03/16/2015
Peta is nothing but one of the most hypocritical organizations out there. Agreed that there should be animals right but Peta pushes it down people's throat.
Peta is nothing but one of the most hypocritical organizations out there. Agreed that there should be animals right but Peta pushes it down people's throat.
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10:52PM on 03/16/2015
Let's just hope that Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter won't be anywhere near this project for now.
Let's just hope that Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter won't be anywhere near this project for now.
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9:27PM on 03/16/2015

I love animals

but every time someone from PETA opens their mouth I want to kick a puppy.

Even the animal rights community thinks PETA is a joke.
but every time someone from PETA opens their mouth I want to kick a puppy.

Even the animal rights community thinks PETA is a joke.
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9:10PM on 03/16/2015
Oh fuck off PETA I love elephants as much as the next guy, let's be honest their fucking awesome animals, but this is too much. PETA is joke.
Oh fuck off PETA I love elephants as much as the next guy, let's be honest their fucking awesome animals, but this is too much. PETA is joke.
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9:10PM on 03/16/2015
I obviously mean they're, clearly I suck at grammar.
I obviously mean they're, clearly I suck at grammar.
8:57PM on 03/16/2015
I hate this world. I hate all these sensitive activist groups. It's a movie. They're not going to hurt animals. It would probably be CGI elephants anyway since that's how stupid movies are these days.
I hate this world. I hate all these sensitive activist groups. It's a movie. They're not going to hurt animals. It would probably be CGI elephants anyway since that's how stupid movies are these days.
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8:38PM on 03/16/2015
Dear Tim Burton, we're hopeful that in your adaptation of Dumbo, the young elephant and his mother will not either be motion captured nor voiced by Johnny Depp and/or Helena Bonham Carter. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.
Dear Tim Burton, we're hopeful that in your adaptation of Dumbo, the young elephant and his mother will not either be motion captured nor voiced by Johnny Depp and/or Helena Bonham Carter. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.
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8:53PM on 03/16/2015
Hear, hear.
Hear, hear.
10:51PM on 03/16/2015
My thoughts exactly.
My thoughts exactly.
7:50PM on 03/16/2015
As much as I hate special interest groups like PETA, even Ringling Bros. is doing away with elephant acts in their touring shows, so it would make sense as kids would want their parents to take them to the circus after seeing Dumbo, and then would be sorely disappointed.
As much as I hate special interest groups like PETA, even Ringling Bros. is doing away with elephant acts in their touring shows, so it would make sense as kids would want their parents to take them to the circus after seeing Dumbo, and then would be sorely disappointed.
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7:46PM on 03/16/2015

Dumbo killed over gambling debt

Let's have the most violent death for him just to f*** with them. Bunch of idiots.
Let's have the most violent death for him just to f*** with them. Bunch of idiots.
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6:48PM on 03/16/2015

I'm kind of on their side actually.

A circus is a pretty awful place for an elephant. And these "it's just a cartoon" remarks are pretty lame reactions.

Yeah. Set them free at the end.
A circus is a pretty awful place for an elephant. And these "it's just a cartoon" remarks are pretty lame reactions.

Yeah. Set them free at the end.
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6:32PM on 03/16/2015

I've given up hoping....

That these half-witted inbred morons will ever go away and let us just enjoy our lives.
That these half-witted inbred morons will ever go away and let us just enjoy our lives.
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6:24PM on 03/16/2015
Whats so bad about Dumbos ending? I don`t like animals in circus around the world, doing stupid tricks.They should be in their natural habitat or at least a well funded zoo`s with plenty of space.Not some small cage doing lame tricks which they were never meant too do.Anywhoo this is a cartoon movie not real life.Does Dumbos mum die a cruel death or something? PETA has the worse ad campaign ,naked celebs in well shot photoshoots that obviously cost a lot of money, is a stupid gimmick for a
Whats so bad about Dumbos ending? I don`t like animals in circus around the world, doing stupid tricks.They should be in their natural habitat or at least a well funded zoo`s with plenty of space.Not some small cage doing lame tricks which they were never meant too do.Anywhoo this is a cartoon movie not real life.Does Dumbos mum die a cruel death or something? PETA has the worse ad campaign ,naked celebs in well shot photoshoots that obviously cost a lot of money, is a stupid gimmick for a charity.They should be checked too see where the money giving actually goes.Make sure it`s not wasted on those ad`s that have nothing too do with animal ethical treatment.
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6:17PM on 03/16/2015
I hoping for some racist ass crows.
I hoping for some racist ass crows.
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5:59PM on 03/16/2015

f*** PETA

Those dirt bags are more concerned with killing peoples pets and paying celebs to pose naked then saving animals.
Those dirt bags are more concerned with killing peoples pets and paying celebs to pose naked then saving animals.
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6:01PM on 03/16/2015
Couldn't have said it better myself
Couldn't have said it better myself
7:08PM on 03/16/2015
You are TOTALLY right!!!
You are TOTALLY right!!!
5:57PM on 03/16/2015
If the film had gone to Michael Bay, it would've ended up being *about* the racist crows
If the film had gone to Michael Bay, it would've ended up being *about* the racist crows
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5:49PM on 03/16/2015
Only PETA would protest the use of animated animals.
Only PETA would protest the use of animated animals.
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5:55PM on 03/16/2015
Hey, in Disney culture at the time, animated characters were considered alive. One of my old teachers used to work for Disney and back in the day, she once drew a dead Donald on Halloween as a joke - needless to say, nobody took it very well, since in their eyes she effectively committed murder. Extrapolate that mentality out to the events of Dumbo and Bambi, and those movies start looking a lot more fucked up
Hey, in Disney culture at the time, animated characters were considered alive. One of my old teachers used to work for Disney and back in the day, she once drew a dead Donald on Halloween as a joke - needless to say, nobody took it very well, since in their eyes she effectively committed murder. Extrapolate that mentality out to the events of Dumbo and Bambi, and those movies start looking a lot more fucked up
5:40PM on 03/16/2015
The crows are not racist. The lead crow is not named "Jim". it was an inside joke among the writers to call him that but it is never stated in the movie, not even in the credits. The crows were mostly voiced by black actors. They are also the only characters sympathetic to Dumbo (besides the mouse and mother). They are intelligent, happy, and free. They encourage Dumbo. Yes they may have act like how we think black people act back then, because people did act like that. You can call Jim and
The crows are not racist. The lead crow is not named "Jim". it was an inside joke among the writers to call him that but it is never stated in the movie, not even in the credits. The crows were mostly voiced by black actors. They are also the only characters sympathetic to Dumbo (besides the mouse and mother). They are intelligent, happy, and free. They encourage Dumbo. Yes they may have act like how we think black people act back then, because people did act like that. You can call Jim and Darling from "Lady and the Tramp" racist white caricatures by that standard.

Im not saying the movie isn't dated and an updated movie should be a little more sensitive to race issues, but calling Disney out for racist crows is dumb.

Then there is Song of the South, the most racially controversial Disney movie. So much so that it isnt even out on home video. Disney took a huge risk in telling African American fairy tales for that movie. Yes, that was a black fairy tale movie. The term Tar-baby actually comes from one of the stories used. It didnt become a racial slur until the 1960s, years after the movie came out. James Baskett, who played Uncle Remus, earned the first Oscar for a black man for playing that role.
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1:16AM on 03/17/2015
Fuck Uncle Remus, fuck a tar baby, fuck a Oscar and fuck Walt Disney. I hope he's a eating a big, hairy, circumcised Jewish dick in Hell. Just cause you don't find the shit racist doesn't mean the people lampooned want to be portrayed that way.
Fuck Uncle Remus, fuck a tar baby, fuck a Oscar and fuck Walt Disney. I hope he's a eating a big, hairy, circumcised Jewish dick in Hell. Just cause you don't find the shit racist doesn't mean the people lampooned want to be portrayed that way.
2:59AM on 03/17/2015
I never get why people get upset by Uncle Remus. He's happy and whistling away the day? Slavery was over! Why wouldn't he be happy? Or were happy black people a myth till the 60s and equal rights?
I never get why people get upset by Uncle Remus. He's happy and whistling away the day? Slavery was over! Why wouldn't he be happy? Or were happy black people a myth till the 60s and equal rights?
8:42AM on 03/17/2015
All black people were happy in the post Civil War South. Can't you tell? They were signing and dancing all the time life was so good.
All black people were happy in the post Civil War South. Can't you tell? They were signing and dancing all the time life was so good.
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