Bosses at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have urged Tim Burton to change the ending of his planned live-action Dumbo film in accordance with new plans to free touring circus elephants.
Officials at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced earlier this month that they would be ending acts that include jumbos in the next three years and sending all their elephants to a sanctuary – and PETA chiefs want director Burton to reflect that in his upcoming Disney remake.
PETA vice-president Lisa Lange has sent the filmmaker a letter, asking him to give Dumbo a happy ending.
She writes, “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.”
Lange has also praised Burton for choosing to use computer technology to bring his elephants to life – and not real creatures.
She adds, “If Alice in Wonderland, Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride are any indication, the artistry of the computer-generated imagery in this remake is in good hands.”