Tomorrowland, which here goes by the slightly longer name Tomorrowland: A World Beyond is possibly the most Disney-tied Disney film for a long time. And by that, we mean it’s steeped in the history of Walt Disney and his team’s visions for the future. Those links are explored in a new featurette.
Taking inspiration from Walt’s ideas for future societies and urban development, Tomorrowland the film pushes the concept of the Epcot (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) found as part of Disney’s park spread in Florida to a fantastical, fictional degree, and stirs in a host of other sci-fi inspirations.
As for the plot, that finds troubled young woman Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) getting out of her latest scrape with the law. But among her personal belongings is a token she doesn’t recognise. And when she touches it, she’s instantly transported to a place she’s never been.
Confused by what’s happening, she does a little digging and seeks out the one person who might know something about it, Frank Walker (George Clooney), a man known more for being a failed inventor than anything. When she turns up at his isolated house, she learns that's not quite true, and that he’s been waiting for someone like her.
Soon, dark, militaristic forces are closing in, and Frank must help Casey get to the one place he thinks she can do the most help: Tomorrowland. But can she fix the future? And what part does the mysterious David Nix (Hugh Laurie) play?
With Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Pierce Gagnon and Keegan-Michael Key among the cast, and Brad Bird directing from a script by Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen, Tomorrowland: A World Beyond is out here on May 22.