Arcade Fire have contributed to Tim Burton’s upcoming remake of Walt Disney’s 1941 animate film Dumbo with their new song ‘Baby Mine’.
The film, with a screenplay written by Ehren Kruger, is inspired by the iconic original and based on the novel by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl. The film stars the likes of Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, and Alan Arkin and is due to be released this year.
Talking about their new song, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler said: “There is a scene with a locomotive in the original Dumbo that uses an instrument called the Sonovox that my grandpa Alvino Rey made famous in the 1930s. Every time I saw the film I thought it was him,” he recounted.
Butler added: “When we were asked to do the [‘Baby Mine’], I immediately got all of my grandfather’s old guitars and wanted to play them in the song. My mom plays the harp on the track, my brother the theremin, my wife [Chassagne] sings and plays drums, and our son even plays the triangle, as well as the rest of our ‘family’ in Arcade Fire. I will forever relate to the song thinking about the people I hold so dear that are ‘so precious to me.’ Listen for the cameo of my grandpa Alvino’s famous Sonovox at the end.”
Here it is: