After falling in love with Tomorrowland at the theater recently, I recently ran into an acquaintance and recommended Disney’s latest big-screen bonanza with a PG rating.
Of course I was convinced by the brilliance of Disney storytelling and animators, so perhaps I was a bit gung-ho in my recommendation. I have recommended the move to perhaps 10,000 people on Facebook, Twitter and other social interaction. So yes, I’m still excited about the film.
The response from this individual stunned me however. They said they had heard only bad reviews of the film and didn’t want to waste their time.
Thought Process: (OK. Uniformed answer… Compose yourself before you reply. They have no idea how this film can enlighten and inspire them. Shall I tell them how Tomorrowland figuratively represents a real-world battle of a struggling genius illustrator who waged a war against mediocrity and The Great Depression. This skinny guy was working hard, but he hit stone walls left and right with bankruptcy, no rights to his most successful, early work and financial challenges. Against all oddes and due to sheer determination, Walt Disney attracted other great artists and the confidence of investors. He succeeded where only a handful would succeed — and built a financial dynasty after struggling for years when millions were dirty poor in the 1920s-30s.)
For anyone who has every watched a Disney film, played with a Disney toy/accessory or stepped onto the grounds of a Disney theme park, Tomorrowland is for you. Walt Disney’s name is not mentioned once. However if you know his struggles and victories, then it is child’s play to see each scene of this movie as Walt’s battle to build the best animated film ever by employing the latest technologiess. Eventually Walt also built the greatest theme park on Earth when Disneyland was opened to the public.
All of the amazing films demanded award-winning stories, outstanding/distinctive voices and new innovations to bring 3-D scenes to life in Bambi and stereo alive in Fantasia. Walt Disney remains today an icon of entertainment. He was a brilliant animator/illustrator, entrepreneur, inventor, voice actor and movie producer. When Walt started out in high school, he was only an artist. He was forced to deliver the other skills out of necessity.
To honor Walt’s brilliant career, I see virtually every Disney movie. And I rank Tomorrowland in the Top 5 all-time — behind Academy Award Best Film Nominee Beauty and The Beast and Bambi among others. I recommend you, as savvy readers, think for yourselves when an “official” or well-known movie reviewer is disappointed with a film.
Disney films appeal to the child in each of us. If you know the name Walt Disney, you owe it to yourself to bring hope back to your life by watching a teenage girl and friends finding the Tomorrowland that awed the world for 5 decades now.