The reviews for Dumbo have recently come out and there has been a mixed response for this live-action remake of the Disney animated classic. Still, we all know that a hardcore group of Tim Burton fans will support the film no matter what the critical reception is given their love for his previous work in the film industry. During a conference at the film’s Los Angeles press junket, Tim Burton was given the chance to speak about Dumbo.
One of the topics of conservation was the thing that Tim Burton loves about the story of Dumbo:
“I just liked the idea of a flying elephant that doesn’t quite fit into the world, and how somebody with a disadvantage makes it an advantage. It just felt very close to the way I felt about things. It was just a very pure, simple image. Like all of the old Disney fables, it has that simple symbolism for real emotions.”
Tim Burton also spoke about the things in the original Dumbo that he wanted to expand upon in his own live-action version:
“I just like the fact that it’s obviously a very simple fable and story. At its heart, it’s about family. What I liked about it was the human parallel story. This character comes back from war, and he doesn’t have an arm, he doesn’t have a wife, and he doesn’t have a job.”
“He’s trying to find his place in the world. It’s like that for all of the characters. Every character in it wants to be something. They’re like Dumbo, using disadvantage to advantage. So, there are lots of nice themes, but in a very simple framework.”