When you think of visiting Disneyland or Walt Disney World, it tends to skew towards joy and euphoria as everyone basks in the enchantment of the happiest place on Earth.
However, one film seems to want to change all that with brainwashing, possessed kids, prostitution and an exploding Epcot golf ball. Escape From Tomorrow is from first time writer-director Randy Moore and was filmed in black and white guerrilla-style in both Disneyland and Disney World. All of which was apparently done without permission from Disney. The movie had been garnering some buzz as it made its way around the festival circuit for its bizarre nature and narrative, thus becoming a polarizing film to follow.
Recently, a trailer had been released along with the official synopsis, which is below:
An epic battle begins when a middle-aged American husband and father of two learns that he has lost his job. Keeping the news from his nagging wife and wound-up children, he packs up the family and embarks on a full day of park hopping amid enchanted castles and fairytale princesses. Soon, the manufactured mirth of the fantasy land around him begins to haunt his subconscious. An idyllic family vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage Parisians. Chillingly shot in black and white, ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW dissects the mythology of artificial perfection while subversively attacking our culture’s obsession with mass entertainment.
The film debuted at Sundance Film Festival in January and has been the talk, both positive and negative, amongst those that have viewed it. Now, several months since its debut, Escape From Tomorrow is finally set for release in select theaters, as well as iTunes and VOD releases to coincide on October 11th.
It is interesting to note that while Disney has not officially offered comment or a response for this movie, the film is still due to be released with nary a response or lawsuits on the horizon. The filmmakers did make it a point to remove certain things like the “It’s a Small World” song, but the scenes played are still littered with tons of Disney intellectual property. One might have to question if the House of Mouse was in someway involved at the end of it given their tendency to protect their image at all costs. Especially when Disney Princesses act as prostitutes for Asian businessmen, which probably oversteps a boundary with the family-oriented company. We will all find out on October 11th when the would-be cult film is released, and we’ll find out if we can look at the amusement parks with the same wonderment again.