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Director  Robbins Barstow
Genres  Documentary, Short Film
Country  United States
6.2/10 IMDb

Screenplay  Robbins Barstow
Duration  
Disneyland Dream movie poster
Language  English (1995 voice-over)
Release date  1956
Cast  Daniel Barstow (himself), David Barstow (Himself), Mary Barstow (Herself), Meg Barstow (Herself), Robbins Barstow (Himself), Steve Martin (Himself)
Similar movies  The Dark Side Of Disney, Inside Pixar, Disneyland et ses Secrets, The Great Mouse Detective, Bears, The Muppet Christmas Carol

Disneyland Dream (1956) is a home movie made by Robbins and Meg Barstow that documents their family's free trip to the newly opened Disneyland. The one-week trip was a prize that they won in a contest sponsored by Scotch tape. The movie was shot with a 16 mm handheld camera. It lasts approximately 30 minutes. An audio track was added to the film in 1995.

The Barstows lived in Wethersfield, Connecticut. They flew to California with TWA and stayed at The Huntington Sheraton hotel in Pasadena. They visited other Southern California locations, including Knott's Berry Farm, Hollywood, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Beverly Hills, Universal Studios, Will Rogers' home and Catalina Island on their July 1956 trip.

Comedian Steve Martin who worked at Disneyland as a child, appears at about twenty minutes into the film, briefly walking left to right in the lower part of the frame, dressed in top hat, vest, and pink striped shirt.

National Film Registry

In 2008, Disneyland Dream was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The National Film Registry cited its "fantastical historical snapshots" of early Southern California and the budding importance of the home movies in "American cultural studies as they provide priceless and authentic record of time and place."

Commenting on the selection of Disneyland Dream into the National Film Registry, Robbins Barstow stated: "I think it's because it gives a picture of a representative American middle class family that's functional".

References

Disneyland Dream Wikipedia
Disneyland Dream IMDb Disneyland Dream themoviedb.org


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