I am giddy with joy. Last week, Disney announced that following the box office success of March of the Penguins (a bit of a delayed reaction, no?), it is launching a new film production unit called Disneynature to produce and distribute documentary films. I grew up watching Mutual of Omaha‘s nature show and then the Disney weekly movie every Sunday evening, and I have warm memories of going to Disneyland and Disneyworld as a child, so I can’t help dreaming of what else is to come from the Mouse House!

Disney NatureOf course, they’d have to start with Roger Rabbit and Me, in which grumpy documentarian Michael Moore has to save the animated Roger Rabbit from getting fired from his job in Toontown. Wouldn’t it be cute to see Moore harassing Scrooge McDuck and agitating to get the ‘toon characters a fair wage? And, well, I’d love to watch Errol Morris interview Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. His truth-telling techniques strike me to be remarkably similar to the evil Queen‘s magical mirror, so he would certainly be able to dig to the greater truths of why Grumpy is so grumpy and, really, what exactly Snow White is doing in the woods with her seven dysfunctional friends.

Naturally, Disney will soon be constructing doc-based, theme park attractions, so I wouldn’t be surprised by An Inconvenient Ride, in which families get to ride hydraulic forklifts (like the one Al Gore seemed to enjoy so much) and shoot laser pointers at striking images of a decaying world. And it wouldn’t be a stretch to turn Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? into an adventure ride. That’s clearly what director Morgan Spurlock was going for: people could crawl into Tora Bora holes and wear an animatronic suit that lets them battle a nine-foot Bin Laden. And after a full day in the park, a McDonald’s would be conveniently located nearby. Of course, they’d only serve the franchise’s ever-growing arsenal of Premium Salads.
Let’s check in a few years, and see what comes to be…

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Tom Roston
Tom Roston is a guest columnist for POV's documentary blog. He is a former Premiere magazine senior editor, who graduated from Brown University and started his career in journalism at The Nation and then Vanity Fair. Tom's freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter and other publications. He has written several Kindle Singles, including the bestselling Kindle Singles Interview: Ken Burns. Tom's current list of favorite documentaries are: 1. Koyanisqaatsi by Godfrey Reggio; 2. Hoop Dreams by Steve James; 3.Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley; 4.Crumb by Terry Zwigoff; 5. Montage of Heck by Brett Morgen