Dumbo - VFX Breakdown by Rodeo FX

Dumbo - VFX Breakdown by Rodeo FX

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Dumbo - VFX Breakdown by Rodeo FX

Check out this amazing & insightful VFX Breakdown "Dumbo" by the talented team at Rodeo FX. For more information, please see the details and links below :


Rodeo FX designed and created the CG-heavy opening sequence that follows our CG train, a nod to the original, as it travels through a variety of landscapes. Rodeo FX team also created the stump for Colin Farrell’s Holt, who loses a limb in the Great War, and replaced the actor’s arm throughout the film.

For the opening sequence, director Tim Burton asked us to make the front of the locomotive resemble a smiling face, paying subtle tribute to the 1941 original in which the train is highly anthropomorphized.

The wagons of the train were based on set pieces, and production shared with us designs, turntables and other materials for additional references. These were the starting point for our modellers, who adapted the design and added artwork as we built the final train.

The opening sequence includes a mix of digital matte paintings, full CG environments, and adapted live-action plates. The aerial footage from the second unit shoots was augmented with our own shoot in Georgia and adapted with digital matte paintings and additional CG work. We also built fully CG environments, including the Florida swamp, for which we simulated the water, grass and palm trees.

The remainder of the film features rodeo FX work on Colin Farrell’s character, which involved removing the green sleeve that the actor wore throughout the shoot and replacing his left arm with a stump.

Rodeo FX team built CG assets of Holt’s four main costumes to replace the whole left side of his torso for a better and more realistic blend. When the camera moved around the character at full 360 degrees for action sequences, we executed full-body matchmoves and full cloth simulations of the character’s upper body – and for some shots, his lower body as well. We also reconstructed all the backgrounds occluded by the actor’s green-sleeved arm.

Rodeo Credits

VFX Supervision

Martin Lipmann

VFX Production

Rene Grasser

CG Supervision

Alexandre Ménard

Compositing Supervision

Brandon Blevins

Client Credits

Walt Disney Pictures

Tim Burton

Production Studio

Walt Disney Pictures


Walt Disney Pictures

Overall VFX Supervision

Richard Stammers

Overall VFX Production

Hal Couzens

Holt, a circus performer, is tasked with caring for a baby elephant with oversized ears, Dumbo. But when it is discovered that Dumbo can fly, a few wicked men try to take advantage of the situation.

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