Disney Asks The Oatmeal To Consult On 'Tomorrowland'


File this under "a mile of suspicion," "likely PR stunt," and "guess work by one Tesla superfan."

Recently, webcomic creator, noted litigator, and noted Tesla-ologist The Oatmeal (AKA Matthew Inman) was invited by Disney to their Burbank studio to consult on their upcoming film "Tomorrowland." The Brad Bird-directed film--which was teased during Disney's D23 event--involves a lost city of misfit scientists including Nicola Tesla and Thomas Edison. Think "BioShock" for kids.

Anyway, during his visit, which Inman details on his blog, it seems he saw enough to become at least partially convinced that Disney was using him as shore up ideas for a Tesla film.

As I said before, we didn't talk about the movie. Instead, they asked me a bunch of questions about Nikola Tesla. They asked what Tesla was doing in Colorado, and if he'd ever conducted experiments at Mineral King. They asked if Tesla belonged to an organization called "Plus Ultra", and if it was possible for him to have met Walt Disney.

It is interesting that Disney brought Inman out to consult on the film which should be deep in production for its December 2014 release. Inman wonders breathlessly if this is the prelude to the "Tomorrowland" movie, but in all likelihood, it's probable that the studio wants someone out there talking about Tesla, who provides some of the back matter for the science fantasy.

It seems odd to fly me down to California just to spend twenty minutes answering a bunch of (mostly) implausible questions and looking at a bunch of fake and/or real memorabilia.

Quite right. What this could point to is a larger role for Tesla in the very secretive "Tomorrowland" than has been previously hinted at. Inman, who clarifies that he's by no means an expert on the scientist, is nonetheless one of the noted inventor's biggest champions.

"Tomorrowland" was directed by Brad Bird from a script by Bird, Jeff Jensen, and Damon Lindelof. George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Judy Greer are set to star.