'Tomorrowland': Disney archives dives into '1952' mystery box

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We revealed last week that the ultra-secretive “1952” project George Clooney is starring in for Disney is actually called Tomorrowland, and photos of a box of miscellaneous … uh, stuff that supposedly inspired the film were tweeted by filmmaker Brad Bird and co-writer Damon Lindelof.

What’s in the box, (as a fellow once asked?)

Official Disney fan club D23 has posted some analysis via Disney archives director Becky Cline, exploring just what’s in the image, though they don’t seem to have access to sift through the actual box just yet.

One mystery the group has solved is who is with Walt Disney in the first photo in the stack, in which he seems to be posing with some sort of military official.

The one on top is in our photo collection and I was able to identify the man with him is Major Woodlief of the U.S. Army Reserve General Fund. It was taken in September 1943. The Disney Studio worked closely with the United States government and military soon after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force elements were stationed at the [studio] Lot for the duration of the war.

In our story last week, we figured out a few of the objects — but not because EW writer Jeff “Doc” Jensen helped come up with the story for the film and serves as executive producer. As part of Time Inc. policy, he doesn’t cover any Disney-related projects anymore, and is unable to share information about the project with anyone outside of the film.

But some photo enlargement and online legwork (*cough* googling) revealed that the blue book appears to be a government aeronautics guide for the early half of the 20th century, and other online sleuths immediately deduced which copy of the sci-fi magazine Amazing Stories was buried under the photos. D23 isn’t quite up to speed on the blue book, but they offer insight into some of the other objects in this collection.

It’s difficult to be 100% certain that everything in the box is actually real, but with the movie not due in theaters until December 2014, there is plenty of time to figure out where reality ends and fiction begins.

Check out what Cline had to say to the D23 here: We Uncover Clues about Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof’s Mysterious Twitter Photo of Box 1952

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