Tomorrowland Parent Guide
Showcasing diversity and the possibilities of greater things to come, "Tomorrowland" may just inspire young audiences to explore their own imaginations to find ways to create a better world.
Parent Movie Review
What kid hasn’t dreamed of making his or her own jet pack? Or at least thought about whipping around town in an airborne vehicle that looks like something out of the Jetsons TV show? Well if that is the future you dream of, then Tomorrowland is the place for you.
As a child, Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson) had big ideas. Tinkering around in his father’s shop, he created his own personal propulsion machine. Although it wouldn’t actually fly vertically, that was beside the point. He had his eyes firmly focused on the possibilities of the future. Now as an adult, Frank (George Clooney) is far less optimistic about the direction in which mankind is headed. Holed up in a highly secured farmhouse, he watches constant news feeds of natural destruction, man-made disasters and human follies.
Then Casey Newton (Brit Robertson) comes knocking on his door. She, like the rest of us, has been fed a steady diet of gloom and doom from her teachers, academics, politicians and especially the media. However, in the midst of all of it, she has a vision of the future and remains hopeful about the changes than could make the world a better place. However she needs Frank to help her get to a place called Tomorrowland, where the best and brightest are recruited to dream the impossible.
The first 45 minutes of this movie are the most fun, as the characters get a glimpse of a beautiful, sleek time to come. Based on the predictions of the 1964 Tomorrow-Land at The World’s Fair, the future in this movie has the retro look made popular during the 1950s and 60s. (Fortunately fashion isn’t reduced to standard issue where everyone is forced to wear identical jumpsuits like they do in Star Trek.)
After a string of bleak dystopian films such as Divergent, The Hunger Games and The Giver, Tomorrowland is a refreshing take. Yet it is only made possible by Casey’s ingenuity and optimism. Refusing to believe that global warming, natural disasters, riots and societal breakdown are inevitable, she doesn’t succumb to Frank’s fatalistic views.
The film is also free of any sexual content or substance abuse. While there is a generous smattering of profanities in this Disney film, the biggest concerns will be violent depictions. The most startling scene occurs when a speeding vehicle runs over a child. There are also portrayals of vandalism, peril and some brutal hand-to-hand fighting between humans and robots.
This production has an agenda, but thankfully it is not overly heavy-handed. And it acknowledges that the most gifted and creative people can come from all walks of life, ethnicities, age categories and career paths. Showcasing that diversity, along with the possibilities of greater things to come, Tomorrowland may just inspire young audiences to explore their own imaginations to find ways to create a better world.Directed by Brad Bird. Starring George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key. Running time: 130 minutes. Theatrical release May 22, 2015. Updated June 5, 2019
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Tomorrowland rated PG? Tomorrowland is rated PG by the MPAA for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language.
Violence: A child is hit by a speeding truck. Characters are blown up in an explosion. A robot is beaten repeatedly with a bat. Characters are shot at and chased by robots. Some hand-to-hand and weapon violence is included, along with other non-graphic moments of peril and violence. Characters are crushed, killed and injured, (some blood is shown).A character sneaks into a secure facility and vandalizes some machinery. News footage of disasters, riots and warfare are shown. A girl steals a vehicle.
Sexual Content: None noted.
Language: The script contains over a dozen mild profanities.
Alcohol / Drug Use:A father fears his daughter is on drugs because of her unusual behavior.
From the Studio: From Disney comes two-time Oscar © winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award © winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world-and them-forever. Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.—© Walt Disney
Page last updated June 5, 2019
Tomorrowland Parents' Guide
Talk about the movie with your family…
As a child Casey Newton was fascinated by the stars, as was another star gazer
At the end of the film, the storyline portrays a wide variety of “special” people recruited to help build a better future. What ethnic groups, occupations, genders and ages are depicted? How will it take efforts from everyone to make positive changes? Why do you think Hollywood is becoming more interested in depicting diversity?
In the movie, Casey tells the story of two wolves. The wolf that survives is the one that is fed. How is our society feeding the wolf of despair, greed and arrogance? What role does the media play in promoting negative news? Why are these kinds of stories a quick and easy way to attract viewers? Can we turn things around and focus on feeding the wolf of kindness, generosity and optimism?
The best and brightest are recruited to build Tomorrowland. What role does cooperation and a desire for the common good play in the success of such an endeavor? What part does imagination have in creating a better future? What steps can you take today to improve the world?
One character accuses humans of being galvanized by destruction. He also says we are failing to heed the coalmine canary. What is a coalmine canary? What was its role in protecting the miners? Is society’s obsession with apocalyptic movies, video games, music and media a dangerous thing?
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In this movie, Casey succeeds on her adventures with the help of some pretty far out technology. But regular teens can change the world too. Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters by Laurie Ann Thompson shares stories of kids who have made a difference in the world and gives young readers tips on how to do the same.
Eliot Sappingfield’s novel A Problematic Paradox features another young woman of unusual cleverness. Nikola Kross is fascinated by experimental chemistry. But when her father is abducted, Nicola is sent to a school for geniuses where she might actually fit in.
A female inventor saves the day in The Inventors at No. 8 by A.M. Morgan. In this story, Ada Byron comes to the rescue when orphaned George’s last remaining possession (which he was planning to sell to save his home) is stolen. The two fly off. In a plane. Built by Ada.
One generation’s science fiction is another generation’s technology. Remember those communicators on the old Star Trek episodes? Hello, cell phones. Author Steven Kotler has taken a look at how technological change has turned fiction into fact in Tomorrowland: Our Journey from Science Fiction to Science Fact.
The most recent home video release of Tomorrowland movie is October 13, 2015. Here are some details…
Home Video Notes Tomorrowland
Release Date: 13 October 2015
Tomorrowland releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD) with the following extras:
- Remembering the Future: A Personal Journey Through Tomorrowland with Brad Bird
- Casting Tomorrowland
- A Great Big Beautiful Scoring Session
- The World of Tomorrow Science Hour
- Animated Short: The Origins of Plus Ultra
- Brad Bird Production Diaries
- Blast from the Past Commercial
- Deleted Scenes with Filmmaker Intro
- 4 Easter Eggs