With ‘Dumbo,’ Tim Burton Says He’s Come to Terms With Being Disney’s Pet Weirdo

With ‘Dumbo,’ Tim Burton Says He’s Come to Terms With Being Disney’s Pet Weirdo
As the ultimate outsider-misfit fable, “Dumbo” is a perfect fit for Tim Burton. That ear-flapping baby pachyderm is a weirdo, just like him. “It’s my story as an animator, it’s my problem as well. It’s a two-way street, right?” he said in an interview earlier this month. “At Disney, they like me, but I get paid to be the slightly accepted weirdo.”

Working with “Transformers” writer Ehren Kruger, Burton was attracted to the sad but joyful tale of a post-World War I circus with a baby elephant that, thanks to his enormous floppy ears, can fly. “I felt for that kind of character from the get-go,” said Burton. “I tried to keep what I loved about it, the image of this character who doesn’t quite fit in being devoured by a large family multi-entertainment company. …The old Disney movies used to give you everything: joy, happiness,
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