With the long-awaited debut of Tomorrowland streaming worldwide on Disney+, Hastin and Nick sit down to welcome a new batch of Dreamers, Optimists, and Junior Tomorrownauts into the fandom on the Tomorrowland Times Podcast:

Sadly, the movie is not streaming in UHD nor DolbyVision on Disney+, even as the first movie with an all-4K post pipeline. Also, the extras tab does not include the essential "Origin of Plus Ultra" animated short that director Brad Bird fought to have attached to the film.

Additionally, the most requested Tomorrowland deleted scenes are not available on Disney+, remaining Movies Anywhere exclusives. Viewers who want to see the Carousel of Progress or young Frank's harvester automaton will still have to register a digital copy on that service.

It's a disappointing debut overall for Tomorrowland fans, but hopefully wide availability on the popular streaming service will allow the film to reach a new audience. With any luck, a 4K home release is still on the horizon ... perhaps for it's 10th anniversary? 

In any case, we will continue to carry the torch and provide a home for wayward fans to assemble around this budding cult classic. Dreamers, after all, need to stick together. 


A Beginner’s Guide to Tomorrowland


Five years ago today, Tomorrowland was release theatrically.

Throughout its fifth anniversary year, we'll be doing a scene-by-scene deep dive analysis of the movie on The Tomorrowland Times Podcast, launching today with a look back at our years of speculation leading up to the release.


Legendary Hollywood jeweler Maggie Schpak, who created many of the wearable props for Tomorrowland, has donated four production-made "1964" pins and the original striking plate to a charity auction benefiting Artisan's Asylum

The items are available for viewing and bidding on eBay.
We previously featured a retrospective interview with Maggie, covering her extensive career making props for the Star Trek franchise:


Back in February, legendary voice actor Maurice LaMarche discussed playing Orson Welles for the Tomorrowland animated short "The Origins of Plus Ultra" on the Speech Bubble podcast:

LaMarche details the sequence's deletion from the film:
That was supposed to be a thing where Welles, through an animated opening, brings (in) young George Clooney and introduces him to the whole Plus Ultra thing. Miguel (Ferrer) called me from the world premiere ... and said "Dude, you're so fantastic in the beginning of that thing" ... apparently, Brad (Bird) thought it really halted the momentum of the picture. So it got taken out by the time it actually dropped.
While he is correct that the sequence was ultimately deleted from the film, he is conflating two separate instances of its potential life. The first was to be shown as a multimedia "dark ride" experience after young Frank enters the secret room beneath it's a small world and before he reaches the transport platform. Only one image of this sequence being filmed (with the animation projected onto a vapor screen) is known to exist:

The production team attempted to preserve this segment through many iterations of the screenplay, reshoots, and edit, before finally deciding to remove it entirely.

On the eve of the film's release, director Brad Bird got cold feet and decided he wanted to have the short attached to the front of the movie. Despite calling all of the distribution partners, Disney was only able to convince ArcLight Cinemas and their own El Capitan Theatre to attach the short so late in the game.

The home video releases also include an option to play the movie with the short attached.

An unfinished and "redacted" version of this short (*bleeping* out the name "Plus Ultra" from the voiceover) originally debuted during the live-action feature panel at D23 Expo 2013, introduced by director Brad Bird and writer Damon Lindelof as having been found in the mysterious 1952 Box.

The prop disc upon which the animation was supposedly found names the piece "A History of Tomorrow", but was subsequently released in full as "The Origins of Plus Ultra".


The Monterey Herald recently profiled one of the youngest teams to enter the FIRST Robotics Competition, who took inspiration from Tomorrowland when naming their team "Plus Ultra":

“The Plus Ultra motto in the movie ‘Tomorrowland’ and in that series is ‘tomorrow is ours’ and I think that is a very good representation of our team,” said Alden. She says the team is made of young individuals or underrepresented minorities and around 70 percent of them are interested in careers in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math field.
The motto she references, the Latin "Cras es Noster", became part of Plus Ultra's mythology during their first appearance in the 2013 alternate reality game The Optimist. (Though it does not appear in the film itself.)

Most notably, this team of young Tomorrownauts was granted official permission by Disney to use the Plus Ultra name and logo:

Disney has provided the team with a limited usage license that allows the team to use the name and logo.
This is particularly significant considering Disney's unwillingness to acknowledge the film, having summarily refused merchandise licensing requests in the years since its release.

Stories like these speak to Tomorrowland's burgeoning status as a cult classic, and offer hope not only for the future of this film's fandom, but for the generation who will grow up inspired by its message. In the words of Frank Walker himself, "Find the ones who haven't given up. They're the future."

You can follow the Plus Ultra Robotics team on Instagram.