Escape From Tomorrow

One of the craziest movie stories of 2013 was Escape From Tomorrow. The film quietly premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and, overnight, became the talk of the industry. People were amazed that this psychological thriller about a man on vacation with his family at Disneyland covertly shot at the theme park without permission from the company. Most believed Disney would never let it see the light of day. But as buzz continued to build, and the film was picked up for distribution, Disney seemed to think not addressing the film would be the best course of action.

So they let it go. Now Escape from Tomorrow is coming to Blu-ray April 29. We’re excited to exclusively debut a clip from the film’s making-of documentary, discussing the complicated legal issues surrounding the release of the film.  Read More »

Escape From Tomorrow

Escape From Tomorrow looks plenty interesting in its own right, but its origin story seems every bit as intriguing as the movie itself. Randy Moore‘s film, which depicts a nightmarish trip to Disney World, was shot right inside Disney’s parks without knowledge or permission from Disney itself.

The daring move had Sundance attendees predicting that the film would never see the light of day, but the Mouse House, surprisingly, decided not to take any legal action. It’s now rolling out into theaters, and new behind-the-scenes video offers some insight into how exactly it got there. Check it out after the jump.

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Why Disney is Giving ‘Escape From Tomorrow’ a Pass


The film Escape From Tomorrow delights in waving its junk right in Disney’s face, and the Mouse House, in an unusual move, seems willing to let that happen.

There’s been a lot of talk about the film since its Sundance premiere, and especially since the first official trailer premiered not long ago. The film was shot “illegally” (read: without corporate knowledge or approval) in Disney theme parks, and makes liberal use of registered Disney trademarks in a manner that isn’t at all consistent with Disney’s own use. There’s a Disney Princess prostitute, for example.

The marketing materials for the film (as seen above) also trade heavily in Disney iconography, to the point where a non-discriminating viewer could potentially mistake Escape From Tomorrow as a Disney product. OK, a very non-discriminating viewer.

So what’s up? Why hasn’t Disney slammed the hammer down on the movie? The answer is rooted in common sense and the Streisand Effect, but now there’s some unofficial talk backing up Disney’s strategy.

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One of the most intriguing Disney films to come out this year isn’t a Disney film at all. In fact, Disney had no idea it was getting made, and now that they do, it’s honestly a wonder that the people behind it aren’t getting sued.

Escape From Tomorrow attracted a lot of attention at Sundance for its daring connection to the Mouse House. Director Randy Moore and his cast and crew had shot the entire feature film within Disney parks without the knowledge or permission of Disney, narrowly escaping discovery at one point.

That insane history had many assuming that Disney would never let Escape From Tomorrow see the light of day, but somehow the film has managed to secure a domestic distributor and (so far) avoid legal trouble. Now it’s headed for an October release, and the first trailer has just hit the web. Check it out after the jump.

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 Escape From Tomorrow

Since its premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Randy Moore‘s micro budget film Escape From Tomorrow has been a beacon of controversy. The film dramatizes a father’s descent into madness at a Walt Disney theme park and was shot, without the company’s permission, at the actual parks. Few thought the film would ever see the light of day, but it will be released in October by PDA (minus 15 minutes of footage).

The first official poster for the film has now been released and, unlike the one before it, this takes dead-aim on Disney’s most iconic character: Mickey Mouse. Check it out below. Read More »


One of the biggest buzz films at Sundance this year was a black and white super-indie that charted one man’s downward spiral into madness.

Not the most unusual subject matter for a Sundance film, but Escape From Tomorrow has a very unusual hook. The feature debut from director Randy Moore takes place in a Disney theme park, and was shot inside Disney properties in Anaheim and Orlando, with no permission from the company. Furthermore, the lead character’s crazed state leads him to stalk a two teen girls, and features some full-on nightmare hallucinations of Disney characters. It’s fuel for Disney corporate nightmares.

Many people thought that Escape From Tomorrow would never see release because of the Disney connection, but now it has a release date set for October of this year.  Read More »

Independent film is filled with dreamers who are too naive to believe in the impossible — filmmakers who don’t concern themselves with the millions of reasons not to make a movie. Some of the best works of art are created from this naivety.

Escape From Tomorrow is a movie that takes place during a family vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Not only do the filmmakers make no attempt to hide or obscure the location, but the Disney theme park and costumed characters play a huge part in the story. Most of the movie was shot in Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disneyland without the knowledge or permission of Disney. This is a film that, from a conventional perspective, should never have been created, never mind screened at the top independent film festival in the United States. But it was, and after the break we’ll tell you how it was done. Read More »