There’s no denying that Tim Burton is a twisted genius. So many of his films have become cult favorites — Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice — the list could go on and on.
But when Burton tries to put his take on a classic, that’s where I draw the line.
The first trailer for his live-action take on Disney’s Dumbo recently dropped and all I can do is wince.
One look on Twitter and I was clearly in the minority, however. Most fans seemed completely psyched to see their childhood memories come to life. Many even cried at the first sight of the trailer.
But the trailer just looked so different than the original film. Where was Timothy Q. Mouse? Where was Dumbo’s mother? And were there really going to be no talking animals?
I realize that this is Burton’s interpretation of the film, but the two just seem so loosely related.
Not to mention that Burton has a history of converting old films and putting his stamp on them.
Perhaps the most cringe-worthy example is his take on Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. To think that there would be a generation that could grow up thinking that Johnny Depp was Willie Wonka and not Gene Wilder? Unforgivable.
There are just some films that should never be remade and that was one of them.
I realize that Burton has a unique point of view and that often means changing the originals dramatically. But I wish he would just stick to making his own creations instead of fucking with my childhood.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and The Challenge. When she’s not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her taking an absurd amount of photos of her tuxedo cat Tom.