One of the better, indeed perhaps even the only good, Disney live-action remakes was Tim Burton’s Dumbo. It largely stuck to the story, wasn’t particularly woke, and wasn’t filmed in Xinjiang (where the concentration camps are) like Mulan. No wonder stockholders are crushing the company; with all those bad movies, who would still want to hold its stock?!
In any case, fans who loved Tim Burton’s “Dumbo” will be sorely disappointed if they were hoping for a sequel, or even just another Disney movie from him. Done with the company and calling it a “horrible big circus,” Burton is gone, taking his skill and leaving.
Such is what IndieWire recently reported about Burton and his decision to leave, saying:
Speaking at the Lumière Festival in Lyon after receiving the Prix Lumière, Burton revealed that the 2019 film likely marked the end of his long-running creative relationship with Disney (via Deadline). He began his film career as an animator at Disney before Warner Bros. hired him to make his live-action directorial debut on “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.”
Burton believes that the entertainment landscape has shifted to the point where it no longer makes sense for him to collaborate with the entertainment giant. He explained that his experience working on “Dumbo” made him realize that Disney had gotten too big for him.
Relating his experience at Disney to the In Burton’s words:
“My history is that I started out ther. I was hired and fired like several times throughout my career there. The thing about ‘Dumbo,’ is that’s why I think my days with Disney are done, I realized that I was Dumbo, that I was working in this horrible big circus and I needed to escape. That movie is quite autobiographical at a certain level.”
Burton also spoke about his 1989 “Batman” movie and how it set many of the tropes used by today’s Batman movies, particularly the darkness of the film, which now feels “lighthearted” compared to contemporary Batman movies. In his words:
“It did feel very exciting to be at the beginning of all of it. It’s amazing how much it hasn’t really changed in a sense – the tortured superhero, weird costumes – but for me, at the time it was very exciting. It felt new.
“The thing that is funny about it now is, people go ‘What do you think of the new ‘Batman?’’ and I start laughing and crying because I go back to a time capsule, where pretty much every day the studios were saying, ‘It’s too dark, it’s too dark’. Now it looks like a lighthearted romp.”
It’s too bad for woke Disney that Burton is leaving, he was one of the company’s better filmmakers. But perhaps he’ll take his talents somewhere less woke and have the opportunity to produce films people want to watch rather than have a once-great company try to push him into making gross, woke movies.