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In the Works: Documentary on Disney's Imagineers (TRAILER)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 16, 2013 at 1:22PM

Disney has a documentary in the works that will go behind the scenes and into the history of its Imagineers, the division tasked with designing the studio's theme parks and rides. Lesley Iwerks, the granddaughter of Mickey Mouse co-creator Ub Iwerks, is set to direct. Check out the trailer for the film, introduced at last weekend's D23 expo, below.
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The under-construction Sleeping Beauty Castle in 1955
The under-construction Sleeping Beauty Castle in 1955

Disney has a feature-length documentary in the works that will go behind the scenes and into the history of its Imagineers, the division tasked with designing the studio's theme parks and rides. Lesley Iwerks, the granddaughter of Mickey Mouse co-creator Ub Iwerks, is set to direct. Check out the trailer for the film, introduced at last weekend's D23 expo, below.

The doc is set for 2016 release, following the unveiling of Disney's new theme park in Shanghai, China.

Documentarian Iwerks has previously helmed 2007's "A Pixar Story," "Industrial Light and Magic," and the Oscar-nominated short doc "Recycled Life." 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.