The film, which was a reimagining of Walt Disney’s 1941 animated feature, was an “awful big circus,” Burton told entertainment news site Deadline.
“My story is that I started there. I was hired and fired many times throughout my career there,” said the filmmaker, known for Disney blockbusters such as ” The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Alice in Wonderland” and its sequel. , “Alice through the looking glass”.
“The thing about ‘Dumbo’ is that’s why I think my days with Disney are over: I realized that I was Dumbo, that I worked in this horrible big circus, and that I needed to get away from it all. This film is quite autobiographical on a certain level,” he added.
With a star-studded cast of Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green and Alan Arkin, “Dumbo” performed poorly at the box office and was panned by critics.
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Burton also criticized the way Disney has moved away from smaller projects to focus on its more established Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars franchises.
“It’s become very homogeneous, very consolidated. There’s less room for different types of things,” he added.