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Next May 22nd –Memorial Day in the US– will see the premiere of Tomorrowland, Disney’s new live action movie directed by Academy award winner Brad Bird (The Incredibles & Ratatouille)

Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

This film created a lot of buzz in the Fortean circles since 2012, when Bird’s involvement was announced. Back in those days instead of its final title the project was referred to by the codename 1952, which caused some people to speculate the film might have something to do with UFOs –July 1952 saw one of the biggest UFO flaps in modern history, which included sightings in Washington D.C. and forced an official statement by Air Force assuring the public the United States was not being invaded by Martians.

It was also said that 1952/Tomorrowland was also inspired by the discovery of a mysterious “box of files and documents” found in the Disney archives; again, this sparked the interest of UFOlogists who remembered the tales of how allegedly the Air Force had once contacted Walt Disney in order to produce a film intended to ‘acclimatize’ the American public to the idea of visitors from outside the Earth –for more about that, visit Grant Cameron’s Presidential UFOs website.

But now it seems that the idea of extraterrestrial visitors is growing out of fashion, and it’s being replaced by new concepts in pop culture like parallel dimensions and the non-synchronized experience of Time —Interstellar, anyone?

In any case, the film reminds me of Walt Disney’s original vision for the Epcot Center (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow), which instead of being just a corny collection of retro-futuristic displays, it was intended to be a testing ground of cutting-edge experimental urban technologies, which could then be implemented elsewhere for the benefit of all mankind. Epcot was in fact intended to become an actual city, a technological utopia which non-Disney workers would live in and call their home; probably the only one who took Disney seriously was Sci-Fi writer Arthur C. Clarke, and in his novel 2010: Odyssey 2 he envisioned Epcot transformed as an independent city, offering the most advanced medical services for the elderly –which given its geographical location made a whole lot of sense…

Will Tomorrowland become a worthy Sci-Fi movie, or just a ‘teen-princess’ version of Jupiter Ascending? Visit your nearest multiplex next May to find out.