Disney's all-new live-action adventure Dumbo launched into theaters over the weekend, offering up an expanded framework for the classic story of an elephant that can fly. Audiences responded to the fantasy more so than critics, according to Rotten Tomatoes, and we'll expect that trend to continue as more families have the opportunity to see Tim Burton's delightful adaptation, starring Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Eva Green and Danny DeVito.
Disney has three more live-action films based on classic animated adventures that will debut later this year. Let's take a closer look at what's coming up next.
Will Smith has the biggest challenge as the blue-skinned genie, we expect, since Robin Williams made such an indelible, beloved impression in the animated classic. Don't forget, though, that Guy Ritchie is directing; he brought new life to Sherlock Holmes as well as The Man From U.N.C.L.E., so we're hoping for fresh twists on our expectations. Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud star.
Release date: May 24.
What we've seen (briefly) so far are faithfully recreated live-action approximations of scenes that were burned into our memories by the original version. As he did with The Jungle Book, we're sure that Jon Favreau has a few tricks up his sleeve to topple any preconceptions that audiences might have.
Release date: July 19.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Angelina Jolie's performance in the titular role helped to make Maleficent a very engaging, character-based action-adventure as it explored a woman who was previously dismissed as a villain. The new adventure begins several years later, as young Aurora (Elle Fanning) prepares to become Queen. Maleficent and Aurora will face new adversaries and must form new alliances to survive. Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein and Chiwetel Ejiofor join returning cast members in new roles.
Release date: October 18.