Tim Burton’s live-action remake of “Dumbo” is a few weeks away from hitting theaters, but it looks like the Arcade Fire is going to be involved with the film. On Monday (March 11), the Canadian outfit revealed they were given the opportunity to cover the 1941 animated film’s iconic song, “Baby Mine.” The song plays when Dumbo goes to visit his mother while she is locked up in a cell, which is probably the moment when viewers began to openly weep during the movie.
According to a press statement from the band, the cover of the song was a family affair. Win and Will Butler’s mother plays the harp on the tune, their grandfather plays the Sonovox, and Win and Regine Chassagne’s son plays the triangle on the cover.
In addition to it being a family affair, the song also features the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
“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,” Win Butler recounted.
He continues: “When we were asked to do the [‘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 [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.”
Listen to Baby Mine” above.
The Arcade Fire’s version of “Baby Mine” will reportedly play during the end credits of the forthcoming film.
“Dumbo” flies into theaters on March 29, the same day the soundtrack is due out. The film stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, and Danny DeVito.