Oddball director Tim Burton bonds with tale of misfit elephant

Eccentric film-maker Tim Burton conveys the message of finding one's tribe in his remake of Dumbo, the Disney classic of a big-eared circus elephant

Oscar-winning film-maker Tim Burton is behind Dumbo, which stars (from left) Finley Hobbins, Nico Parker and Colin Farrell.
Oscar-winning film-maker Tim Burton is behind Dumbo, which stars (from left) Finley Hobbins, Nico Parker and Colin Farrell. PHOTOS: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, AGENCE FRANCEPRESS
Oscar-winning film-maker Tim Burton (above) is behind Dumbo, which stars Finley Hobbins, Nico Parker and Colin Farrell.
Oscar-winning film-maker Tim Burton (above) is behind Dumbo, which stars Finley Hobbins, Nico Parker and Colin Farrell.PHOTOS: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, AGENCE FRANCEPRESS

In person, director Tim Burton is as wonderfully weird as his films - quirky Gothic fables such as Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Alice In Wonderland (2010).

At a recent Beverly Hills press day for his newest movie, a remake of the 1940s animated classic Dumbo, the 60-year-old is a ball of off-kilter energy - a blur of fidgeting limbs under an Albert Einstein hairdo and wrinkled black suit.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2019, with the headline 'Oddball director bonds with tale of misfit elephant'. Subscribe