May 21, 2015
Tomorrowland World Premiere
By Justin J. Smith
On May 9th, I got to cross 'Become a
crazy movie fan at a world premiere' off of my 'Things I've Never
Done' list, as I got to be a live-witness at the World Premiere of
Disney's newest live-action film, Brad Bird's Tomorrowland.
This was actually the sixth film to have its
premiere at the Disneyland resort, as all four Pirates of the
Caribbean had their premiere at Disneyland and The Lone
Ranger had its premiere at Disney's California Adventure.
Tomorrowland actually had its premiere at the AMC theater at
Downtown Disney, making it a first (an after-party with the cast and
crew took place at the actual Tomorrowland).
There were plenty of acrobats trying to make the two
hours prior to the star's arrivals fly by.
Disney Legends Richard Sherman, Bob Gurr and Tony
Baxter all showed up. Even Little Mermaid/Aladdin co-director
John Musker was able to sneak in.
Seemingly everyone was there from Olivia Holt to
Lance Bass to Chris Soules. Of course the big star of the event was
George Clooney. But truthfully, I didn't really care. My goal of
that day was to get my copy of Before Tomorrowland signed by
Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof.
Unfortunately, Lindelof pretty much ignored me and
the guy next to me shouting his name and just went acknowledging
anybody. Fortunately, Brad Bird was much more appreciative of his
fans, going back and forth between the two separate rows of people
wanting to get selfies/autographs. He eventually came to me as I
opened my book up to the title page, gave him my sharpie and he
signed. I made the comment 'That was worth the coming and waiting to
this premiere alone!' He looked at me, winked, and then continued on
down the 'blue carpet.'
Between that, and the selfies I got with Tony Baxter
and composer Michael Giacchino, I'd say it was a worthwhile