Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland is one of the more ambitious movies Disney’s released in a while, but (for multiple reasons) it bombed at the box office.
Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland is one of the more ambitious movies Disney’s released in a while, but (for multiple reasons) it bombed at the box office. The brainchild of Bird and writers Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen, the film isn’t so much an adaptation of the classic Disney theme park land of the same name as an original sci-fi adventure loosely inspired by the land’s optimistic vision of the future. It was also a highly secretive project during its development (even going under the working title 1952 early on), so few knew what to expect before the Tomorrowland marketing kicked off.
The movie stars Britt Robertson as Casey Newton, a bright-eyed, tech-savvy teenager who discovers the existence of an alternate-dimension cityscape known as Tomorrowland and gets Frank Welker (George Clooney), a disillusioned inventor who was banished from Tomorrowland years earlier, to (begrudgingly) take her there, in the hopes of uncovering the truth about the fate of the world. Also along for the ride is Athena (Raffey Cassidy), a droid from Tomorrowland who “recruited” Frank long ago and believes Casey has the potential to change the world for the better.
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