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Crafted as a simpler Disney fable after the more extravagant "Fantasia" disappointed at the box office, "Dumbo" -- only 64 minutes long -- took flight just as far more chilling creations were taking to the air.Nearly eight decades later, "Dumbo" is alight again in Tim Burton's somber and sincere live-action remake of the animated classic.Burton has refashioned "Dumbo" as a sepia-toned show-business parable tailored to more animal rights-sensitive times.Though Dumbo endures separation from his mother in Burton's film, the deeper grief in "Dumbo" has been transferred to the humans.It's a kind of reunion for Burton, Keaton and DeVito, who 27 years ago came together in "Batman Returns"."Dumbo" is naturally lighter terrain for Burton but for the first time in years, the director -- so long an expert at the proximity of fantasy and horror -- seems at home.
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