Imagine taking a family trip to Disneyland.
Now, imagine that instead of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy greeting you on arrival, there’s Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, and Bill freakin’ Murray. And instead of the famous, but slightly creepy ‘It’s a small world’ ride, why not take a journey on The Darjeeling Limited, or sail aboard The Belafonte, before checking into your room at The Grand Budapest Hotel? Or maybe you’d prefer to just walk around and admire some perfectly symmetrical scenery? Well, soon you may not need to imagine, as Wes Anderson has announced his plans to design a theme park with long time collaborator Mark Mothersbaugh.
As well as being the frontman and co-founder of the band Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh has collaborated with Wes Anderson on a number of his most famous films, scoring the soundtracks to Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
Anderson revealed his plans in the foreword to Mothersbaugh’s new book, Myopia, saying:
“I hope to soon secure the means to commission the construction of an important and sizeable theme park to be conceived and designed entirely by Mark Mothersbaugh. For 40 years he has set about creating a body of work which amounts to his own Magic Kingdom, where the visitor is amused and frightened, often simultaneously.”
Well, I’m sold.
Wes Anderson has crafted a reputation for his beautifully shot movies, with immense attention to detail, and Mark Mothersbaugh is a respected artist in his own right – Myopia features a range of surreal sketches, trippy paintings, and homemade postcards. I think combining both their styles would create something truly unique and amazing.
I don’t know about you, but I know where I’m taking my next holiday.