Yesterday Disney announced Tim Burton will be directing a live-action adaptation of its classic film Dumbo. Now, people have a lot of feelings about this, like “Why is Disney trying to remake classics?” or “Why Tim Burton?!”
But PETA is actually enthused at the idea, and sent a letter to Burton to ask him to give Dumbo and his mother a happier ending.
If you’ve seen the Disney movie––and let’s face it, you have––you know it ends with Dumbo majestically flying and getting a private train car for himself and his mother, who is no longer chained up. But they’re still circus elephants, and PETA doesn’t think that’s the best possible ending.
PETA senior Vice President Lisa Lange said in a letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter that Burton should be more conscious of this:
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.
The timing of this movie’s announcement is particularly interesting, coming just days after Ringling Brothers announced they’re phasing out elephant acts from their circus.
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