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It’s a Small World to become a big Disney film

It’s a Small World attraction
The tune “It’s a Small World (After All)” will rattle around in your head all day long after riding that attraction in Disneyland’s Fantasyland.
(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

It’s a Small World, the 50-year-old Disneyland attraction with the singing automatonic children, is reportedly being turned into a movie.

Deadline.com reported that Jon Turteltaub has been hired by Walt Disney Studios to direct the movie based on the attraction, with writer Jared Stern on board to write the script.

Turteltaub has worked with Disney before, directing the two “National Treasure” films staring Nicolas Cage, and “The Kid” starring Bruce Willis. Most recently, he directed “Last Vegas” with Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman.

Stern has also worked for Disney on “Wreck-it Ralph,” “Bolt” and “The Princess and the Frog.”

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Disney officials could not be reached to comment, but Disneyland has arranged a series of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the boat ride with one of the catchiest soundtracks in the world.

The ride opened in 1964 for the New York World’s Fair in honor of the United Nations Children’s Fund. The attraction was so popular that at the end of two seasons at the fair, it was shipped back to Disneyland in Anaheim, where it reopened on May 28, 1966.

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