Disney hires screenwriters to adapt “It’s a Small World” into a feature-length movie

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“It’s a world of hopes and a world of fears.”

It looks like the next property on Disney’s ride-to-movie chopping block is none other than Walt’s classic masterpiece, It’s a Small World. Variety reports that Disney has hired writers Tim Rasmussen and Vince Di Meglio to take on the project. According to director Jon Turteltaub, the film has actually been in development for the past two years.

The attraction was created by WED Enterprises and made its official debut at the New York World’s Fair in 1964. Nowadays, it’s a popular boat ride in five Disney Parks, and features over 300 audio and electronic dolls from all over the world singing Robert S. Sherman and Richard B. Sherman’s title song over (and over, and over) again.

Rasmussen and Di Meglio have credits on a library of classic and timeless cinema, such as License to Wed, Marmaduke, Meet the Fockers and The Girlfriend Equation. So…ya know…what could go wrong?

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  1. It Would Be Wonderful! It’s My Paternal-Grandfather’s Favorite Ride Every Time We Go To Disneyland. But, How The Hell Are They Going To Make It Into a Movie? What’s The Storyline or Plot?

  2. drummergirl

    I hope they add some stuff from The Kingdom Keepers books where It’s a Small World comes to life and attacks the boats!

  3. EricJ

    There was a Small World movie pitched to Walt back in the 60’s, but never went further than a poster and synopsis.
    If the new movie bears a resemblance (two UN kids kidnapped by a baddie, and the other international kids mount a rescue), we’ll know the memo wasn’t thrown away–
    Otherwise, if they play up the “Cute doll” or “Trip around the world” angle…like Adam says, what could go wrong? 😉

  4. John Harrison

    Small work comes to life and ends in world peace

  5. Tom

    Its a Small World is my favorite attraction at the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. I am really looking forward to the movie. Thanks Disney for making the movie.

  6. Brian Sibley

    Just for the record (and that song IS on record –– several of them in fact!) the composers were Robert B. (not ‘S’) Sherman and Richard M. (not ‘B’) Sherman! 🙂

  7. Pam

    So, I wonder if it’s about the ride experience, or the making of the ride? Because I think the latter would be most interesting. Exploring the 1964 World’s fair,what brought the ride to Disneyland. And who will play Mary Blair??

  8. risasmallworld

    I love it’s a small world .
    it’s a small world is interesting.

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