Disney began promoting its movie Tomorrowland in 2013 with cryptic tweets and a mysterious box.
Now that the movie’s release is only seven months away they’re back to using conventional weapons of mass publicity – like this teaser trailer which I saw last weekend while attending Big Hero 6. (Tomorrowland comes to theaters May 22, 2015.)
The first hints about Tomorrowland came early in 2013 from photos of an old banker’s box labeled “1952” tweeted by filmmakers Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof. Widespread speculation about the contents of the box followed.
Last August during D23 the duo brought the mystery box onstage with them and spent their time rummaging through its contents.
But at that very moment the real secrets of Tomorrowland were more likely to be learned in Vancouver, not Anaheim, where the producers had built a replica of the 1964 New York World’s Fair and the plot was thickening.
A leaked synopsis seems more credible now after seeing the New York World’s Fair set that crew have built on the Main Mall at the University of British Columbia (UBC). According to ScreenRant, when Frank Walker is a boy he learns about Tomorrowland at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. There he meets David Nix who shows off his successful work and tells the youngster to come back when he is older and his inventions work. A young girl Athena (actually a robot) is the one who sneaks young Frank into Tomorrowland where Nix is the Mayor who decides to throw him out. What happened to Tomorrowland? Does it still exist in an alternate dimension? Young Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), now middle-aged inventor Frank Walker (George Clooney) and still young robot Athena (Raffey Cassidy) team up to save it from Mayor Nix (Hugh Laurie), who values technical accomplishment over creativity.
I’m guessing you saw this trailer with “Big Hero 6”, not “Robot Hero 6”.
You’re a better guesser than I am. Oops.
I can still remember, as though it were yesterday, that pavilion of the future, at the fair by the bay, the truly amazing World’s Fair, as it was, in 1965… (And when I’m lucky, it can still inhabit my dreams.)
Over and over again a Writer or group of people with tremendous imagination (like the Authors in Heinlein’s The Number of the Beast) create worlds which until I encountered them I didn’t realize I had wanted to live in them all my life. Anything better than the sad, dying world in which we are all incarcerated instead.
There was more than one time in my youth at which if I heard the hum of a Federation transporter, or the wheeze/groan which always accompanies the TARDIS, or I had received the offer that Peter Pan gives Wendy, Michael, and John or as George Clooney makes above, I would have run straight toward it with all the joy Billie Piper as Rose Tyler put on her face as she ran to the TARDIS at the end of the episode “Rose”.
I’m too old now. Like Wendy, I’ve outgrown the ability to jump at those things, having to leave it to my sons as Wendy did to her daughter Jane. I am tied in a web of responsibilities I freely chose, and cannot leave as they are a matter of self-imposed duty and love. Only in your youth do you have a chance to respond to someone offering you the Heart’s Desire you never knew you had until that moment, or the Adventures of Lifetimes.
I made my choices, good and bad, and have to live with the consequences of them. But when I look at what could have been if only, I die inside a little and cry outside a little more.
(I’m sorry for the typos in the earlier versions of this posting. I need a new keyboard, so the mundane world wins again.)
But David, some times, you’ll hear the joy in the laughter of children playing, or a pretty gal will smile at you out of nowhere, or a strange cat will suddenly appear on your doorstep, or at your feet, expecting to be pet–
(Or perhaps a bird who has absolutely no business being there, will fly up to your windowsill, as just happened a moment ago!)
And you’ll know that there’s a God in the universe, and anything, if even within a more limited range, is possible.
If the devil is in the details, he only wins, when we give up hope.
The trailor tells you little, but leads me to suspect that this is an attempt — like Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Haunted Mansion — to create a movie around a Disney attraction, and stir up interest in the attraction again. But who knows?
The trailer was interesting, but often the trailers are better than the film. Is there more substance?