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There’s a whole lot going on in Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof’s Tomorrowland, which pays tribute to Disney’s imagineering and the forward-thinking mindset of Walt Disney himself. Eagle-eyed fans will likely notice some easter eggs from both Disney past and present, but there’s one little cameo surprise that Bird and Lindelof weren’t able to squeeze in: Stanley Kubrick.
Welcome back to another installment of Post Credits, ScreenCrush’s movie review show. On this week’s episode, ScreenCrush Editor-in-Chief Mike Sampson and Managing Editor and Film Critic Matt Singer get a fast pass to a world beyond, as they debate Brad Bird’s much-anticipated sci-fi thriller Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson.
The best argument for Tomorrowland is its release date; a week after Mad Max: Fury Road, about a world destroyed by an oil war, and a week before San Andreas, in which an apocalyptic earthquake destroys half of North America. Less a blockbuster action film than a stern but well-intentioned lecture accompanied by an elaborate audiovisual presentation, Tomorrowland argues that rampant cynicism is actively poisoning our future. People become so convinced by movies like Mad Max and San Andreas that the world is doomed that they start to believe it really is. So they give up, and dystopia becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Just last month, Brad Bird revealed that he is finally (finally!) working on a screenplay for a sequel to Pixar’s The Incredibles — of all the Pixar properties, fans have wanted a sequel to this one the most. And now we’re finally getting one. It may still be a while, given Pixar’s production time, but Bird has confirmed that the sequel to his animated superhero hit is very likely his next project.
Today, Tomorrowland director Brad Bird tweeted out this interesting video, which takes you inside the formation of Plus Ultra — what is Plus Ultra, you ask? It’s the combination of four of the greatest minds in the world, who joined forces to dedicate their lives to “the cultivation of man’s greatest resource: imagination.” The animated video, along with a new viral site, add interesting new layers to the upcoming adventure film.
In a summer filled with sequels and remakes and reboots, Tomorrowland is one of the few truly massive releases that doesn’t have a number in the title. While it may take its name from a “land” in Disney theme parks, the new trailer showcases a film that looks awfully ambitious, nutty and original. The studio’s accountants certainly see this as another avenue in strengthening the company’s theme park IP, but if all such exercises had directors like Brad Bird, the world would probably be a better place, full of more interesting movies.
As most of you are aware, Tomorrowland was a concept created by Walt Disney, as a platform to showcase the innovations of tomorrow that would benefit future generations. We know that Disney himself (or a fictional version, anyway) is involved in the new Tomorrowland movie, which means there should be some fun connections for longtime fans of his theme parks and classic television specials. New featurettes explore some of those connections, along with what a place like Tomorrowland stands for.
A little over a year ago, Disney CEO Robert Iger announced at an investor meeting that Pixar was developing two more sequels to go along with the upcoming Finding Dory and Toy Story 4: Cars 3 and The Incredibles 2, a follow-up to the beloved animated adventure about a family of superheroes from writer/director Brad Bird. Bird’s spent the last couple years working in live-action after a long career in animation — he made the hugely successful Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and his latest film, Tomorrowland, opens on May 22 — so it would be a big deal if he was indeed returning home to Pixar to develop an Incredibles sequel.
Amid all the excitement for Avengers: Age of Ultron, you may be forgetting another Disney film hitting theaters this May: Tomorrowland. Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof are combining their forces for what seems like a promising sci-fi adventure, and Disney has just dropped a riveting new TV spot with a couple of things we haven’t seen yet.