Why Disney might want to 'Escape From Tomorrow'

 "Escape from Tomorrow" director Randall Moore, from left, producer Soojin Chung, cinematographer Lucas Lee Graham, and actors Elena Schuber and Roy Abramsohn pose at the Sundance Film Festival this week.

Story highlights

  • "Escape From Tomorrow" is the most buzzed-about movie out of Sundance
  • The filmmaker shot for 10 days at the Disney parks in Orlando and two weeks in Disneyland
  • The theme parks were unaware that filming was occurring
Princesses transformed into ghouls. Psychedelic teacup rides. Simulated suicide. The world's most famous theme park turned into a vomitorium.
And you thought this was the happiest place on earth.
In "Escape From Tomorrow," the most buzzed-about movie out of this year's Sundance Film Festival, director Randall Moore presents Disney World as a dystopian hellscape and uses it as the backdrop for a descent into madness. Jim White (Roy Abramsohn) is on holiday with his wife and two children when he learns he's been fired from his job. As he reels from that news, his mental state progressively worsens as he and his family navigate the park.
Shot in black and white, Disney's "attractions" become nightmarish specters as perceived by White's unstable mind.
Now The Walt Disney Co. is weighing whether to quash the film or to let it slide -- not so much because of the disturbing imagery, but rather the way Moore made his movie. In an audacious act of filmmaking, he shot it almost entirely at Disney World and Disneyland -- all without Disney's knowledge or permission.
After a screening of the film at Sundance, Moore answered questions from an enthusiastic audience, hinting at how he pulled off his cinematic subterfuge.
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