This is an actual spacecraft from another world. Piloted by alien intelligence. One sighting from tens of thousands on virtually every continent around the globe. Intelligent life from distant galaxies is now attempting to make open contact with the human race…and tonight, we will show you the evidence.
This powerful statement made was by The Walt Disney Company in their 1995 UFO documentary: Alien Encounters From Tomorrowland. In any informative medium, those responsible for any opinion expressed must support their claims with clearly defined evidence. For documentaries, this may include testimonies, interviews, disclosed papers or an event captured on film.
It has become increasingly important for broadcasters to protect themselves from complex legalities. Regulators such as Ofcom are put in place to ensure that the public is not misinformed or misled into believing something that is not true. This has resulted in broadcasters having entire legal divisions dedicated to ensuring that any content produced does not breach the law.
It is somewhat puzzling that The Walt Disney Company produced a factual documentary stating that is has evidence that UFOs exist and that they visit Earth. While the factual evidence is compelling, it is peculiar that Alien Encounters From Tomorrowland was only broadcast once in five US states. Although it was thought to be lost, the footage resurfaced after a recorded VHS copy was uploaded to YouTube.The film has since baffled both sceptics and ufologists, with many questioning why an American animation studio would broadcast a documentary film that could potentially ruin their brand’s image and evoke ridicule.
Throughout the decades, Disney has proven to have strong affiliations with UFOs, space travel and documentary film making. This was first established during the 1950’s when The Walt Disney Company produced three factual documentaries for the Disneyland television series: Man in Space, Man and the Moon and Mars and Beyond.
Man in Space opens with the following piece to camera:
In our modern world, everywhere we look, we see the influence science has on our daily lives. Miracles that were discovered a few years ago are common place today. Many things that seem impossible now will become reality tomorrow. One of Man’s greatest desires has been space travel; to travel to other worlds. Until recently this seemed an impossibility, but new discoveries have brought us to a new frontier: the frontier of inter-planetary space. In this Tomorrowland series we are combining our tools of the trade with science to give a factual picture for man’s newest adventure.
Overseeing the project was Ward Kimball, an Oscar-winning director who directed Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia and Peter Pan. However, Kimball’s imagination led to him having a passion for UFOs and, in 1980, he became one of the ten original board members of Fund UFO Research.
In July 1970, Kimball publically stated to a stunned audience that he and The Walt Disney Company had been approached by the US government to make a number of propagandist films. The most shocking revelation was that one of the films was designed to acclimatize the public to the notion of extraterrestrials on Earth.
To achieve this, the US Airforce wanted the company to blend animation with the live footage of UFO and alien encounters. It wasn’t until the final stages of the film being completed (including voice overs and post production sound editing) that The Walt Disney Company was notified that the film would not be proceeding. The alarmed audience was then treated to a screening of the unfinished animation film, minus the footage that the US Airforce intended to provide.
Over the years, many have confirmed that the US Government intended to produce such a film. In the 1970s the film reel was reputedly offered a second time to Disney, and latterly to HBO in the 1980’s to feature in a new UFO documentary. The reel is said to be 800 feet long and now forms a small part of a very large collection of evidence. Many filmmakers turned whistleblowers have openly spoken about the thousands of feet of film reel they were shown in The Pentagon by the US Air Force and/or the Department of Defense. Over the decades, the various reasons behind declassification included: improving public relations post-Vietnam, desensitising the population and retriggering the American public’s interest in space exploration.
In 1995, the prominent British photographer Don Maloney stated that he had dinner with the head of Disney Studios, four of their leading animators, and Ward Kimball. Maloney testified that during the meal he was introduced to another ‘well-known’ Disney employee. Later that evening, the man showed old black and white film of an alien autopsy in his home.
‘One, which appeared to be dead, was laid out on a table or slab. The other was clearly alive and moving around on the floor. If the film I saw was a fake, it was a brilliant fake.’
It’s fascinating to discover that a respected mainstream company has such a strong history in creating factual documentaries centred around science and space exploration. Both the 1955 series and the 1995 one-off special were meant to promote the company’s theme parks, but instead support controversial statements with strong evidence.
In 1955, many may have been sceptical about man reaching a level of development in technology that would allow our species to travel to space. Regardless of public perception, the beliefs held by Walt Disney and Ward Kimball proved to be correct. The fantasist in me hopes that the company will yet again be proven to be correct; however, the realist suspects that the mystery surrounding the UFO documentary and the missing US Government footage will not be solved for quite some time.
You can watch the 1995 UFO documentary: Alien Encounters From Tomorrowland.in its entirety below: