Arcade Fire have recorded a cover of “Baby Mine” for Disney’s live-action Dumbo
Arcade Fire’s cover version of “Baby Mine” to feature as the end-credit song, much like “Abraham’s Daughter” did for The Hunger Games. It’s part of Tim Burton’s live-action film Dumbo.
The scene in the original film featuring “Baby Mine” is one of the most memorable moments in the 1941 classic film – capturing a touching moment between mother and son. The song featured music by composer Frank Churchill with lyrics by Ned Washington.
Mitchell Leib (president, music & soundtracks for Walt Disney Studios) said he and the filmmakers wanted to create a version of “Baby Mine” for the end of Burton’s live-action reimagining that was as artistic and interesting as the film itself. “Not an easy ambition to accomplish,” said Leib.
Lieb: “Arcade Fire is an artist I’d pursued over the years—but this time I had Tim Burton! I pitched the idea to Tim and his producer Derek Frey, and it turned out Arcade Fire is one of Tim’s all-time favorite artists. The rest is history.”
Leib said the result was perfect. “A brilliant, new, interesting, artistic and very original version of ‘Baby Mine’ now resides at the end of our new live-action ‘Dumbo.’”
Win Butler shared his close and personal connection with the animated original. “There is a scene with a locomotive in the original ‘Dumbo’ that uses an instrument called the Sonovox that my grandpa Alvino Rey made famous in the 1930s. Every time I saw the film I thought it was him. When we were asked to do the [end credit version of ‘Baby Mine’], I immediately got all of my grandfather’s old guitars and wanted to play them in the song. My mom plays the harp on the track, my brother the theremin, my wife [Régine Chassagne] sings and plays drums, and our son even plays the triangle, as well as the rest of our ‘family’ in Arcade Fire. I will forever relate to the song thinking about the people I hold so dear that are ‘so precious to me.’ Listen for the cameo of my grandpa Alvino’s famous Sonovox at the end.”
Régine Chassagne shared in her statement the song and the film are just as relevant today as they were all those years ago. “It’s a story we need to tell again. A lot has changed since 1941, and we are still on that quest to allow for all people to accept and celebrate who they are on this planet.”
Dumbo is in theaters on March 29, 2019. The digital version of the Dumbo original motion picture soundtrack, from Walt Disney Records, is released on March 29th as well with the physical CD coming out on April 5th.
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