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Disney’s Tomorrowland: Parallel Universes Instead of UFOs?

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.

  1. EPCoT Center
    Walt Disney’s vision for the EPCoT Center came from his many years as a Freemason. Most people, especially the conspiracy nutters, forget, or ignore, the fact that one of the main tenets of the Craft is charity. It’s how we fund the Shriner’s Hospitals.

    Freemasonry is a charitable group, but it is not a charity. We work to help others as best as we each can. Identifying needs in our community, and finding a way to meet those needs, whether out of our own pockets, or through finding other sources of revenue, etc.

    In Brother Disney’s case, it was his own seed money, and his wonderful vision of how he could meet a need, that was the original basis for EPCoT Center. That it did not turn out how he envisioned it has more to do with those who followed him.

    But it doesn’t mean that something akin to it cannot or will not happen. It should.

    For the record, I am a 32nd Degree Freemason.

    1. 32nd
      Does that mean you get a pass to Club 33? 😉

      In another world –maybe Tomorrowland?– many of the great advancements accomplished by now-iconic companies, would have been done by Disney’s imagineers.

      1. well…….
        In short, no. I also don’t have the kind of income they want for membership. Sigh.

        But I expect to become Master of my Lodge in the next 2-3 years, so there’s that. 🙂

        1. Nice!
          Keep at it and who knows, maybe someday you’ll get to be accepted in the Sacred Order of Lucha Libre –of which I’m Grand Master and only member 😛

  2. Teen Princess Version of Jupiter
    … or a Disney version of Lucy? Clooney definitely looks like a poor choice if they wanted this to be anything more than pure fantasy. The new Cinderella’s Castle looks nice though.

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