“Tomorrow’s Just a Dream Away”

Disney’s new theme-park-inspired movie Tomorrowland was inspiring. No better way to put it.

This movie was a surprise from the start–I had no idea what I was getting into as the first shots of George Clooney’s face, directly addressing the camera, and, in turn, the audience, encompassed the movie screen. It came across rather odd at first, but as the minutes ticked by (much like the countdown you are introduced to from the start) things start to unfold and make more and more sense. In truth, I can’t recall the exact plot that developed, but the themes that Tomorrowland emphasizes are wonderful. I wanted to walk out of the theatre and truly make a difference in this world; I wanted to be among the dreamers that are handpicked by Tomorrowland‘s legions of kid robots.

Yes, it sounds weird. But don’t knock it till you try it.

I especially loved the Disney easter eggs placed throughout the movie: the song “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” from Carousel of Progress, the presence of Space Mountain blended into the skyline of Tomorrowland, and “It’s a Small World” at its debut at the 1964 World’s Fair all make an appearance. I was looking incredibly close at the skyline of Tomorrowland in hopes of catching a glimpse of the famed “EPCOT golf ball,” Spaceship Earth. There might be a chance that it’s there (spherical architecture is popular in the future, you see), but I can’t confirm.

What I ultimately loved about the movie was the unabashed optimism of our heroine, Casey Newton–is her name a coincidence? I think not. There’s a perfect moment at the very beginning of the movie where little toddler Casey is examining the stars. Her mother (who isn’t in the rest of the movie…typical Disney) asks the starry-eyed little girl–pun intended–if she’s going to visit the stars someday. She says yes, and her father asks, “What if there’s nothing up there?” Little Casey looks at her father as if he’s asked the stupidest question. She retorts:

“But daddy! What if there’s everything up there?”

Her hope and her optimism continue throughout the movie, and she makes me wish that there were more “Casey-s” in this world.

That’s another great thing about Tomorrowland: the movie asserts that we all can be the “Casey-s,” the dreamers. We only have to decide to do so. Our fate–and the fate of our future–rests in the decision to try.

This movie was an excellent departure from the fairy tales I love so much; it perfectly captures the hope for the future and the promise of possibility that you can tangibly feel when you enter EPCOT or Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

Let’s all decide to be the dreamers of the world, to inspire others with our optimism and can-do spirit. We can change things for the better, no matter how dim the future might seem. It only takes the decision to try and the will to follow through.

“Dreamers have to stick together.” Let’s stick together, my friends, and start creating a future we can be proud of.

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