A new ‘Dumbo,’ but creator says themes of the classic remain
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Director Tim Burton says he wanted to keep the spirit of the 1941 animated classic “Dumbo” intact for his live-action remake.
Burton says the flying elephant represents so many things, like turning a disadvantage into an advantage, and he wanted to make sure those themes remained. He says while he wanted to make the film resonate with modern audiences, he wants viewers to have their conclusions about the film’s messages.
“Dumbo” is the first of three live-action films based on animated classics coming this year alone, with “Aladdin” arriving in theaters in May and “The Lion King” set for a July release.
Its stars, including Colin Farrell and Michael Keaton, say Burton has succeeded in creating a family-friendly movie and maintaining his style of filmmaking.