“Escape FromTomorrow” at Sundance, but will Disney ever let it see the light of day?

Shot “on the fly” without permission at Disney theme parks, “Escape from Tomorrow” is indie drama about “a father’s descent into madness” has a hint of the kinky about it.

And the Dopey and Goofy. Because Disney characters — landmarks, costumed characters — pop up in the background of some scenes. It’s showing at Sundance, would be a fascinating addition to the Florida Film Festival.

But will the filmmakers EVER be able to sell it so that larger audiences will see writer-director Randy Moore’s (“genre defying (deadline.com) and “surreal” film?

No way Disney will allow that. Not happening. Interesting that he was able to get away with shooting it, though. I’ve seen docs where Disney Police were on the filmmakers’ case in a flash — or half a flash.

You never even seem to see Disney family comedies set in/shot in the theme parks. When I first moved to Orlando, an indie film titled “Characters” popped up on my radar — a sort of R-rated “American Graffiti” set amongst the people who wear the big plush costumes at a fictional theme park. They used Universal locations, if memory serves.  But they had to change names, etc. , because of ownership/copywright/intellectual property issues.

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Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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