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How NASA & Neil Armstrong Setting Foot On The Moon Inspired TOMORROWLAND

Disney’s new action adventure movie is finally here and the world can’t wait to go to TOMORROWLAND. Disney Theme Park goers have loved the attraction and it was only a matter of time before we got a feature film based on the themed lands. Since the films announcement it has been a top-secret mission for everyone involved. It may just be Hollywood’s best kept secret. Opening weekend is finally here and the cast and crew recently sat down to discuss the film in Beverly Hills, CA. It is to no-ones surprise that when we sit down to experience TOMORROWLAND, we will be escaping on an adventure to the future! It only makes it more exciting to know that NASA, a symbol of hope and exploration of the unknown played a pretty big part in the inspiration of the project and the production.

Director, writer and producer Brad Bird talked about how Neil Armstrong landing on the moon was a big source of inspiration saying:

“I grew up and remember the moon landing. I remember how that felt. I was actually in the air when they were about to get out on the surface. We were flying in from Denver, and I was like, “I’m going to miss it!” Fortunately, there were some kinds of technical errors and we landed in the airport. We ran to the nearest TV monitor and there were, like, 400 people just packed in, watching when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. And everybody just went, “Whoo!” That feeling has never left me.

And when we were first planning the movie, Damon and I were at Disney and the space shuttle took its last sort of circle over LA. And everybody came out and watched it, and there was this weird feeling of pride mixed with great sadness, like we’re not doing that anymore, and why aren’t we? So a chance to shoot at NASA was fantastic, and to be on this launchpad were so many really noble journeys started. And we got to watch a launch from the launchpad, which was one of the coolest moments on the film. So it was great to be at NASA. And if this, in any way, encourages NASA people to do more, then I think that would be a great thing.”

TOMORROWLAND star Britt Robertson plays Casey Newton, an extremely smart, optimistic teenager who is full of curiosity when it comes to science. Her father, played by country singer Tim McGraw, Eddie Newton is a NASA engineer who is about to lose his job because the space program has been shut down. Her love of NASA, and dream to become an astronaut is what has always brought the two close. While NASA was clearly close to her characters heart, Robertson told us it also represents something to her as well saying:

“Yeah. For me, I think NASA also sort of represents a very specific hope, you know, and it sort of ties in with the movie in a sort of symbolic way, you know? NASA represents this unknown, and the human race’s being able to explore the universe and other things that are out there. And I think that’s sort of in line with the movie, in terms of theme, you know? We’re talking about a movie that’s saying, “We don’t know what our future is. It’s not determined for us, and maybe if we go out there and explore the world, maybe if NASA wants to go and see what else is out there, then maybe that will have some helpful part in making our future something to be excited about.”

Make sure and check out TOMORROWLAND in theatres now.


Krisily Kennedy is just a chickk who loves movies and talking about them. Owner and founder of The Movie Chickk a place for chickks who love film and guys who love chickks who love film.
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Krisily Kennedy is just a chickk who loves movies and talking about them. Owner and founder of The Movie Chickk a place for chickks who love film and guys who love chickks who love film.

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