Thursday, January 8, 2015

"It's a Small" Movie

"It's a small world after all, it's a small word after all, it's a small world after all! It's a small, small, world!"

This song may sound familiar to you if you've been to a Disney park, and is possibly one of the more bothersome Disney melodies regarding that it always seems to be stuck in your head even after the ride ends. Featuring varying dolls of diverse nationalities singing this song to you throughout the ride, "It's a Small World" proves that Disney is a very cultural brand. It includes doll animatronics  from Canada, Scandinavia, Asia, Africa, and plenty others. The riders, or you could say voyagers, travel down a shallow river in a wide boat along an unseen underwater track experiencing the "Small World". As a fellow voyager once said, "Kids love the attraction with the music, the dolls, the decorations, the color, and the atmosphere" which basically sums-up the ride perfectly.

Disney has begun to transform this multi-cultural ride into, yet another, Disney film. The Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise was extremely successful while earning over 1 billion dollars, considering these movies were themed around the "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride located in Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Yes, the ride came before the film series, the ride was edited later to fit the film. The future motion picture for "It's a Small World" does not have a specific timeline and is said to "take a while to come together". Contained in the adventurous boat ride in Disneyland, you begin by viewing a two-dimensional boat cutout carrying children of all cultures grasping the title banner surrounded by varying national greetings. Following the greeting room, the riders proceed to dolls singing the theme song in Swedish, representing Canada and Scandinavia. Riders continue this process viewing a variety of dolls and buildings, listening to the melody in several diverse languages. Considering the theme of the ride, I would assume the film would fit somewhat into the adventure category. Who knows? It could be kids exploring different cultures circling the world!

The director of the future "It's a Small World" has directed several films for Walt Disney Studios in the past. His name is Jon Turteltaub, the director of 3 Ninjas, Cool Runnings, While you were Sleeping, Phenomenon, Instinct, Disney's The Kid, National Treasure (and National Treasure: Book of Secrets), and last (and least), The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Jared Stern will also be the script writer for the motion picture. He has worked on Wreck-it Ralph, Bolt, The Princess and the Frog, Mr. Popper's Penguins, and The Lego Movie 2 so it is likely that there will be sprinkles of  humor littered throughout the movie. The Sorcerer's Apprentice only received approximately 215.3 million dollars and received first place of "Biggest Box Office Flops of 2010". Based on his previous movies, who knows what will come of "It's a Small World"?

"It's a Small World" is one of the most classic Disney rides possibly of all time, so making a movie about it over 50 years after the attraction opened is a big deal for the Disney industry. It is possible that this movie could be a celebration for "It's a Small World"s 50th anniversary so hopefully it makes Walt Disney proud! The anniversary occurred on April 9, 2014 which, unfortunately means that the film won't have the option of release on the memorable day. Filmography is a tricky business, so let's just hope that assembling this motion picture creates positive publicity for Disney parks!

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_a_Small_World

http://www.cinemablend.com/new/It-Small-World-Movie-Works-Disney-National-Treasure-Director-Helm-42695.html

http://deadline.com/2014/04/disney-taps-jon-turteltaub-to-direct-its-a-small-world-feature-film-718387/

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