While filming “Dumbo” for the studio, Burton realized “I’m Dumbo, working in this awful big circus and I need to escape.”
Anyone hoping for a sequel to Tim Burton’s “Dumbo” shouldn’t hold their breath.
Speaking at the Lumiere Festival in Lyon after receiving the Prix Lumiere, Burton revealed that the 2019 film marks the end of his long-standing creative relationship with Disney (via Deadline ). He began his film career as an animator at Disney before being hired by Warner Bros. to make his live-action directorial debut in “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.” He returned to work with Disney on such films as “Ed Wood,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie,” and most recently, “Dumbo.”
Burton believes the entertainment landscape has shifted to the point where it no longer makes sense for him to collaborate with an entertainment giant. He explained that his experience working on “Dumbo” made him realize that Disney was too big for him.
“My history is that’s where I started,” Burton said. “I’ve been hired and fired many times in my career there. The thing about ‘Dumbo’ is that I think my days with Disney are over, I realize that I’m Dumbo, that I’m working in this horrible big circus and I’m running away.” Necessary. That 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 landmark 1989 film “Batman” helped establish many of the genre’s tropes — and Burton marvels at how influential it continues to be.
“It felt very exciting to be at the beginning of it all. It’s amazing how much it hasn’t really changed in a sense – the tortured superheroes, the weird costumes – but for me, at the time, it was very exciting. It felt new,” he said. “What’s fun about it now is, people go, ‘What do you think of the new ‘Batman?’ And I laugh and cry because I go back to the time capsule, where every day the studios were saying. , ‘It’s too dark, it’s too dark’. Now it looks like a light rump. “