‘Dumbo’ is an uninspired cash grab
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‘Dumbo’ is an uninspired cash grab

Disney’s live-action remake of Dumbo was released on March 29. Creative Commons With Disney’s recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox, they have solidified their corporate influence over America’s pop culture. With this control, they continue to prove they have no problem with recycling old content to sedate their audiences into monetary submission. While creating “live-action” animated remakes may not seem like a hindrance to the film industry, Tim Burton’s “Dumbo” spits in the face of its nostalgia-craving audience with its unironic representation of Disney’s corporate domination within Hollywood. The popularity and general positive feelings in pop culture toward the original “Dumbo” have always been troubling. The 1941 version of the film is one of the main indicators of Walt Disney’s and Hollywood’s underlying racism. The film features a crow named Jim voiced by white-actor Cliff Edwards. This overt allusion to the Jim Crow laws and minstrel shows, both of which existed when the original film was produced, is an impossible issue to ignore when viewing the film today. So this remake serves as a mechanism for Disney to cover up their racist past with a glossed over big-budget film that never acknowledges the original issue. Although the severity of […]

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