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Neils Skellig is the secondary antagonist in the 2019 remake of Dumbo. A hunter hailing from South Africa, he is summoned by V.A. Vandevere to take care of a certain mother elephant who he fears will distract Dumbo from performing at his very best.

Background

Neils is Vandevere's right-hand man. Throughout his duty, he follows Vandevere wherever he leads him to, working for the corrupt company Vandevere Enterprises. Just like Vandevere, he thinks Mrs. Jumbo is a distraction to Dumbo during performance, much to Vandevere's corrupt behavior. He also seems to have little morality to most others, man or beast. An example of this was when Neils made Holt to keep Dumbo on his good side after Holt compliment on Neils' (likely elephant) skin shoes.

Behind the scenes

Joseph Gatt was enlisted to play Neils, but he didn't want to overdo the performance. "It would be very easy to play him that way," he says. "That's not my personal style of how I like to work, and I was really pleased when I met Tim Burton and one of the first things he said to me was, 'You know, you’re going to be frightening enough just by doing nothing, by being.' I said, 'Oh. I think that's a compliment.' So, everything is just played very real, very down to earth."

Role in the film

Neils Skellig is introduced as Vandevere's right hand man alongside Colette Marchant. As the circus travels to Arkansas, he tells Holt Farrier to take care of Dumbo on his good side (after the handler complimented his shoes that may be made of elephant hide) just as he leaves the stable. Later during an act with Dumbo and Colette, he notices that Dumbo escaped into the Nightmare Island attraction to find Mrs. Jumbo much to his and Vandevere's worry. As he reunites with her, Neils, Vandevere, and his guards take him away because she is considered a distraction to him much to Holt's protests.

Later during a plan to take Mrs. Jumbo away, Neil sends the guards to do so as the circus performers use their acts to distract the dangerous animals, disable the lights, and open the gates. Neil sends the guards to undo those actions while he secures the back door of the transport vehicle just as he does not notice the performers taking over it while noticing two of the creatures, Reptilla and Werewolf, going mad as he notices them taking over it.

At Vandevere's office, he and Neils confront Max Medici, urging him to find the missing troupe just as they take him to the backstage area as he gazes upon Holt's children, Joe and Milly. Later when Dreamland is being destroyed, Neils corners and tries to arrest them, but Holt arrives to the rescue on his horse and ties him to it, much to his angry protests in defeat just as Holt, Joe, and Milly and manage to escape from the tent with help from Dumbo. It is unknown what happened to Neils afterwards.

Trivia


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Media
Films: DumboDumbo II (cancelled) • Dumbo (2019 film)Video

Television: Mickey Mouse ClubDumbo's CircusHouse of Mouse
Music: DumboDumbo (2019 soundtrack)
Books: Dumbo's CircusThe Art and Making of Dumbo
Video Games: Disney's Villains' RevengeDisney Emoji Blitz

Disney Parks
Casey Jr. Circus TrainCasey Jr. Splash 'n' Soak StationDisney Animation BuildingDumbo the Flying ElephantGames of the Boardwalk

Entertainment: AnimagiqueFantasmic!Once Upon a Mouse
Restaurants: Timothy's Treats
Shops: Casey Jr. Trinket Train
Parades: Disney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnFlights of Fantasy ParadeFestival of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Main Street Electrical ParadeMickey's Storybook ExpressThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade (The Float)
Fireworks: Celebrate the MagicDisneyland ForeverHappily Ever AfterMagicalOnce Upon a TimeRemember... Dreams Come TrueWonderful World of Animation
Halloween: Happy Hallowishes

Characters
Original: DumboTimothy Q. MouseMrs. JumboCircus ElephantsRingmasterMr. StorkCasey JuniorPink ElephantsThe CrowsCircus AnimalsClownsSmitty

Dumbo's Circus: LionelFair DinkumQ.T.BarnabyLilliSebastianFlip & FlapLittle Bo PeepLittle Red Riding HoodBig Bad Wolf
Deleted: Penny • Godfry • Dot • Claude and Lolly
Remake: Holt FarrierV.A. VandevereColette MarchantMilly FarrierMax MediciJoe FarrierMiss AtlantisRongoPuckPramesh SinghIvan the WonderfulCatherine the GreaterNeils SkelligJ. Griffin RemingtonSothebyHans BrugelbeckerRufus Sorghum

Songs
Look Out for Mr. StorkCasey, Jr.RoustaboutsBaby MineHit the Big BossPink Elephants on ParadeWhen I See an Elephant Fly
Locations
FloridaCircusDreamland Nightmare IslandWonders of Science
Objects
The Magic Feather
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