It looks like we are going to be waiting a little while before new produce from the delightful Tim Burton, at least if it is coming from Disney as was originally planned.
Tim Burton Discusses Afraid of Disney
Burton has said in the past that he wouldn’t return to work with Disney, calling the experience of making Dumbo a “horrible big circus.” In a new interview, Burton doubled down on those comments, saying that he has no interest in ever working with the studio again.
“I love animation and I love Disney,” Burton said. “But the actual process of making the films is not something that interests me. It’s too impersonal and surrounded by all this other stuff that has nothing to do with film.”
Burton’s comments are likely to come as a disappointment to Disney fans who were hoping for another collaboration between the director and the studio. However, it seems clear that Burton has no interest in revisiting his past with Disney.
What Happened During Tim Burton’s Meeting with Disney?
At the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California last weekend, Tim Burton revealed that he will not be making another Disney film after his upcoming live-action remake of Dumbo.
In an interview with Collider, Burton said that his meeting with Disney about the possibility of making another film was “a horrible big circus.” He added, “I think they like to keep you just sort of at arm’s length and just give you enough so you don’t bite the hand that feeds you kind of thing.”
Burton also said that he was not offered any other projects by Disney after his meeting, saying, “They never really offer you anything. They just sort of say, ‘What do you want to do?’ And then you go away and think about it.”
It’s clear from Burton’s comments that he is not happy with how Disney operates, and it seems unlikely that we’ll see him returning to the Mouse House anytime soon.
Why the Film Lost Tim Burton’s Interest
It’s no secret that Tim Burton and Disney haven’t always seen eye-to-eye. Burton’s gothic, twisted style is a far cry from Disney’s family-friendly fare, and the two have clashed on more than one occasion. So it’s perhaps not surprising that Burton has said he won’t be making another Disney film after the “horrible big circus” that was Dumbo.
In an interview withcollider.com, Burton was asked if he would ever consider working with Disney again. His response was blunt: “No, I don’t think so.” He went on to say that working on Dumbo was “a very unpleasant experience” and that he has “no interest” in returning to the world of Disney.
This isn’t the first time Burton has spoken out against Disney. In 2012, he told The Guardian that the studio was “not necessarily [his] kind of thing.” He also said he felt like an outsider at Disney, saying “I doubt they would hire me now.”
It’s clear that Burton has no love lost for Disney or the experience of working on a Disney film. And given how successful he is outside of the Mouse House, it’s unlikely we’ll see him back in the fold anytime soon.
Why is the Barnyard Much More Thorpe Park Than Disneyland?
It’s no secret that Tim Burton isn’t exactly a fan of Disneyland. He famously called the Happiest Place on Earth “a big carnival” and said he would never make another Disney film after working on Dumbo.
Now, it seems like he’s taken his shots at the Mouse House one step further by comparing it to Thorpe Park, a British amusement park known for its thrill rides and roller coasters.
In an interview with Yahoo! Movies UK, Burton was asked why he thinks the Barnyard Much More Thorpe Park than Disneyland. His answer was pretty damning:
“I think Thorpe Park is much more Thorpe Park than Disneyland is Disneyland. I think Disneyland is kind of become a corporate… thing.”
He went on to say that while he understands why people love Disneyland, it’s just not his cup of tea.
“It’s not my thing,” he said. “I like parks that are a bit more edgy.”
So there you have it. If you’re looking for a park that Tim Burton would approve of, Thorpe Park is your best bet.
Whether or not Burton’s next film will be a Disney one remains to be seen, but it’s safe to say that his days of making films for the company are behind him. And while some may see this as a loss for Disney, it’s probably for the best. After all, Burton’s unique vision and dark sensibility doesn’t always mesh well with the studio’s family-friendly fare. Here’s hoping he finds success in whatever cinematic endeavor he chooses to take on next.