Tim Burton done with Disney movies

While filming “Dumbo” for the studio, Burton “realized that I’m Dumbo, that I’m working in this horrible big circus and I have to escape.”

ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 23: Tim Burton attends the Tim Burton Close Encounter red carpet during the 16th Rome Film Fest 2021 on October 23, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for RFF)

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If you’re hoping for a sequel to Tim Burton’s Dumbo, don’t hold your breath.

At the Lumière Festival in Lyon, after receiving the Prix Lumière, Burton revealed that the 2019 film likely marks the end of his long creative relationship with Disney (via Deadline). He began his film career as an animator at Disney before being hired by Warner Bros. for his live-action directorial debut with Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. He returned to work with Disney on films such as Ed Wood, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, Frankenweenie and most recently Dumbo.

Burton believes the entertainment landscape has shifted so much that it no longer makes sense for him to work with the entertainment giant. He explained that his experience working on Dumbo made him realize that Disney had outgrown him.

“My story is that I started out there,” Burton said. “I’ve been hired and fired several times during my career there. The thing about Dumbo is that I think my days at Disney are over. I’ve realized that I’m Dumbo, that I’m working in this horrible big circus and I have 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 films. His groundbreaking 1989 film Batman helped establish many of the genre’s tropes — and Burton is surprised at how influential he still is.

“It felt very exciting to be at the beginning of all of this. It’s amazing how much it hasn’t really changed in some ways – the tormented superhero, weird costumes – but it was very exciting to me at the time. It felt new,” he said. “The funny thing is now people are like, ‘What do you think of the new ‘Batman?’ and I start to laugh and cry because I’m going back into a time capsule where pretty much every day the studios said, ‘It’s too dark, it’s too dark’. Now it looks like a carefree romp.”

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