Reflecting on ‘Dumbo’: Wouldn’t it be great to care for all animals?

New film reminds us it's really okay to be different

“Dumbo” makes its way to theaters this Friday, March 29. The arrival of the children’s classic probably makes us all just a  bit nostalgic. For this writer, Dumbo makes  me reflect on how great it would be to care for all of the animals like Dumbo, if I joined the circus, I can only imagine how awesome it would be to as that person that makes sure animals like Dumbo are loved and treated with respect. They would never have to feel alone or out of place because they are different.

It would be the most unorthodox circus ever. They would lack for nothing. No cages, just wide open space where the animals would enjoy entertaining as much as the audience would be entertained. They would give out all the love they got every day and be delighted to show off all of their neat tricks. Can you envision the cage-free circus with nothing but love all around!

I confess to having just one cat.  Who knows what would have happened to my Abigail if I hadn’t rescued her from the shelter?  She’s a black cat and those cats are less likely to be adopted because of myths about black cats. So just like Dumbo with her huge ears, all animals need someone who will look out for them, no matter what they look like. Someone who joins the circus to care for them and let them live a happy life. Yes, caring for all of the animals like Dumbo  would be my dream job!

Now that you know what I’d like to do, make sure you see “Dumbo” when it hits theatres!

From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.

“Dumbo” soars into theaters on March 29.  Here’s a sneek peek:

Sarah Hearn
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Sarah Hearn is Editor-in-Chief of, founded in 2011. The site was recently named among Feedspot's Top Gospel and Christian Music Websites.  Sarah is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Gospel Music Association.

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