Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

Watching Walt Disney and the Sherman brothers pitch “It’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” feels a little like reading Romeo and Juliet as an adult: It seems so cliche, like it’s been done a thousand times before, until your realize that this was what started all that.

Whatever you feel about Disney, the man, it’s very hard to disparage Disney, the concept. There’s something to be said for keeping a childlike grip on one’s dreams.

Perhaps more urgently there’s something elegant and durable about the optimism behind Imagineering and the captivating Fantasia films, which served as constant background to more than one of my younger summers.

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