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First Trailer For 'Escape From Tomorrow' Will Seriously Make You Wonder How Disney Is Not Suing

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by Drew Taylor
September 11, 2013 10:10 AM
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"Escape from Tomorrow," the beloved Sundance curio from writer/director Randy Moore about a man who goes mad while visiting Walt Disney World, seemed like something that would never see the light of day outside of the festival circuit, considering both the way the filmmakers obtained footage from the park surreptitiously and for the way they used that footage to paint a devastatingly bleak portrait of the company. Well, it is coming out, and marketers have become even more brazen about the Disney connection, flaunting it in the studio's face while waving a painted bulls-eye. The trailer that just premiered is the most shocking fuck-you yet. Watch it below.

The trailer starts off with a riff on "The following motion picture has been approved for all audiences" tag that starts off most trailers. Instead of the calming lime green background, though, this is black and white and says "The following motion picture has not been approved for all audiences by the Walt Disney Company." In other words: it's on.

For the next minute, we're treated to black-and-white images from Walt Disney World (although it was also filmed at Disneyland) while characters in voice over say stuff like "Bad things can happen anywhere." At about the halfway point, the surrealism starts to kick in: a child's eyes turn an inky black, a fireball ascends towards the sky, fairies hover above the Florida park's Contemporary Resort, and a man appears with a head shaped like EPCOT's iconic geodesic sphere Spaceship Earth (aka the giant golf ball). At the end of the trailer, a small child says, "Daddy, can we go home?"

It's eerie, haunting stuff, for sure, and only intensifies our desire to see it, although it also intensifies our speculation of how Disney is allowing this thing to go forth (this was a movie that Moore edited in South Korea in an attempt to keep its existence from Disney a secret). However it slipped through, the movie will be released theatrically and on VOD on October 11th, hopefully with lines that are shorter than the ones for Space Mountain. The music at the beginning? Lifted from Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Blue," which is one of our favorite scores ever by Zbigniew Preisner. What a terrific piece of music, even if it's just a brief sting (full score is must have).

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9 Comments

  • Fred | September 14, 2013 12:25 AMReply

    Disney is turning the tables on this dude. By NOT suing him, they've deemed his flick "non-threatening".

  • partypoopers | September 13, 2013 4:42 PMReply

    Seems like more unbridled negativity that is more the problem than the solution. Americans have it bad enough without constantly being fingered as the enemy by the elites of the world, intellectual and otherwise.

  • Tim | September 12, 2013 6:45 PMReply

    Is there an emoticon for 'arms crossed'?

  • TC Kirkham | September 11, 2013 3:11 PMReply

    Disney is not suing for one great big reason - the bad publicity that would result would make "the happiest place on Earth" look like a meaner, corporate version of Scrooge McDuck.,,

  • chinagreenelvis | September 11, 2013 2:09 PMReply

    Disney probably knows about this movie and loves it.

  • bohmer | September 11, 2013 1:56 PMReply

    now i want to see this!

  • Joao | September 11, 2013 12:38 PMReply

    This looks so twisted! I need to see it!

  • cory everett | September 11, 2013 11:13 AMReply

    I honestly was not interested based on the mixed reviews but that trailer looks f'ing great.

  • rotch | September 11, 2013 10:52 AMReply

    that was all kinds of awesome.

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