Jon Favreau hoping to capture Disney magic in new film

December 9th, 2010

Jon Favreau wants 'Magic Kingdom' to capture the tone of old Disney movies.

The 'Cowboys and Aliens' director's latest project sees the world-renowned theme park "come alive" on the big screen and says he is taking inspiration from some of the older films from the family movie studio.

He said: "I want to make it a little bit spookier like the old Disney movies were and try to really capture that tone. This is something that I've always been drawn to and now to say, 'What characters do you want to use, and how do you not make it Space Jam or like the Christmas parade with every character?' How do you show restraint and how do you make it tie into the emotional development of the characters?"

The director has watched every Disney movie top help him come up with a storyline as well as exploring the inspiration behind founder Walt Disney's ideas.

He told Geek Time radio: "I've got to watch every Disney property. I started with 'Steamboat Willy', working my way all the way up. I really want to focus on the classic stuff like 'Dumbo', 'Steamboat Willy', all the early black and white Mickey Mouse cartoons - all the Fantasyland stuff. I think there was something timeless about what Walt did, and I want to explore, not just Disneyland, but Walt's vision of Disneyland. If you look at his concept art it diverges a little bit from what the park turned into over time; but if you look at his original concept art and really explore what that world is, I think there is something really fun and magical to be done there."

Disneyland in California is the only theme park to be designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney himself.