Anyone hoping for a sequel to Tim Burton’s “Dumbo” shouldn’t hold their breath.
Speaking at the Lumière Festival in Lyon after receiving the Lumière Award, Burton revealed that the 2019 film likely marked the end of his longtime creative relationship with Disney (via Deadline). He began his film career as an animator at Disney before Warner Bros. hires him to make his directorial debut in “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.” He returned to work with Disney on films like ‘Ed Wood’, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Frankenweenie’ and most recently ‘Dumbo’.
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Burton believes the entertainment landscape has changed to the point where it no longer makes sense for him to collaborate with the entertainment giant. He said his experience working on “Dumbo” made him realize that Disney had gotten too big for him.
“My story is that I started there,” Burton said. “I was hired and fired many times throughout my career there. The thing about “Dumbo” is why I think my days with Disney are over, I realized that I was Dumbo, that I worked in this horrible big circus, and that I needed to escape. This film is quite autobiographical on a certain level.
During a masterclass at the festival on Friday, Burton also shared his thoughts on the state of superhero movies. His seminal 1989 film “Batman” helped establish many genre tropes – and Burton is surprised at how influential he continues to be.
“It was very exciting to be at the start of it all. It’s amazing how much it hasn’t really changed in a way – the tortured superhero, the weird costumes – but for me, at the time, it was very exciting. It was new,” he said. “What’s funny about it now is people say, ‘What do you think of the new ‘Batman?’ , ‘It’s too dark, it’s too dark’. Now it looks like a light romp.
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