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Disney Taps Writers for ‘It’s a Small World’ Movie

Disney has hired writers Tim Rasmussen and Vince Di Meglio for “It’s a Small World,” its movie project based on the theme park ride.

The “It’s a Small World” movie has been in development for the past two years with Jon Turteltaub directing. Jared Stern wrote a treatment.

Producers are Turteltaub and “The Lego Movie” producer Dan Lin. Jonathan Eirich is exec producing.

The ride was created by WED Enterprises and debuted at the New York World’s Fair in 1964, touted as a cutting-edge project at the time for its use of audio-animatronics. It was rebuilt after the fair ended in 1965, installed in Disneyland in Anaheim and now operates as a boat ride in five Disney parks.

“It’s a Small World” features over 300 audio-animatronic dolls from all over the world singing the upbeat title song, which promotes peace and understanding. The song was written by Disney staff songwriters Robert S. Sherman and Richard B. Sherman after Walt Disney had told the brothers to craft a tune that could be easily translated into multiple languages.

Rasmussen and Di Meglio have credits on “License to Wed,” “Marmaduke,” “Meet the Fockers” and “The Girlfriend Equation.” They are repped by UTA and Mosaic.

News was first reported on Deadline.com.

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