“Dreamers need to stick together” -Athena from Tomorrowland
It’s not a secret that I’m a big fan of Disney. “Big” being an understatement. I’ll never grow up from that. I think it’s because Disney is not just movies and an extremely successful amusement park, but the fact that it’s a world of dreamers and creators. The story of Disney himself is enough to inspire any dreamer.
The section in the Disney park known as Tomorrowland there is a part where Disney tried to give us a glimpse of what he thought the future should and would be like. A smart home, new ways of travel, and apparently talking trashcans. Have you met Push?
In the movie Tomorrowland, Disney Studios actually gives a tip of the hat to Mr. Disney.
[WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD]
In the beginning of the film a young boy attends the World’s Fair in New York where inventors went to give demonstrations of their work. The boy himself, Frank Walker, brings his own invention, a jet pack. With the help of a girl named Athena (who has a secret) he follows her and some other inventors to Tomorrowland. How do they get there? Through a ride we all know too well…
A Little Disney History: Walt Disney himself attended the World’s Fair and it’s where he perfected “his system of ‘Audio-Animatronics‘, in which a combination of electromechanical actuators and computers controls the movement of lifelike robots to act out scenes. WED Enterprises designed and created four shows at the fair.”
One of which was, “Pepsi Presents Walt Disney’s ‘It’s a Small World‘ – a Salute to UNICEF and the World’s Children” at the Pepsi pavilion, animated dolls and animals frolicked in a spirit of international unity accompanying a boat ride around the world. The song was written by the Sherman Brothers. Each of the animated dolls had an identical face, originally designed by New York (Valley Stream) artist Gregory S. Marinello in partnership with Walt Disney himself.” (Source: Wikipedia “1964 New York World’s Fair)
They also had a show where Disney gave the first glimpse of “The Carousel of Progress,” as is shown in a video at the end of this post.
I loved that they tied that history into the film! Moving on…
Without giving away too much…the film is basically about how we can make a difference in the world and change the future…if we make the decision to dream and believe. Artists, performers, scientists, teachers, inventors, and humanitarians; we all have something to give the world and it can create a ” great big beautiful tomorrow!”
The conflict in this film is that negative thoughts bring loss of hope and possibly the end of the world. You see when people give up on their dreams, the world could miss out on something to make it even better! That invention that was never finished, because the inventor lost hope, could have helped with pollution. A teacher, who decided she wasn’t inspiring anyone, wouldn’t be there to inspire the next president that also makes a difference.
We are all creative in some way and inspire each other even if it’s not exactly obvious. You never know if your passions can be the driving force for others as well as yourself. For me…I gather inspiration from Disney or Broadway. After watching a Disney movie or seeing a Broadway show, I always want to go straight home and create something fantastic! Anyone else feel the same?
Being creative can be trying at times and even I have had several thoughts of just giving it all up. In my heart though, I just can’t. Being a dreamer and creator is who I am.
One last SPOILER: To save the world, children from the future go out and give pins to those they believe can save it, which when touched transport them to Tomorrowland. Who do they search for?
As George Clooney who plays the adult Frank Walker says, “Find the ones who haven’t given up…they’re the future.”
Now readers…many of you are creative dreamers like me and it’s important that you know:
Your are important to the world.
You always make a difference, even if it’s just a kind word or smile.
and your dream is beautiful, because it’s yours.
BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAMS!
I hope you see the film and are inspired. Thank you for reading my posts and I hope I can inspire you as many of you do inspire me. Till my next post, KEEP DREAMING!