Tomorrowland is undoubtedly a fun film but compared to Brad Bird's previous efforts like The Iron Giant and The Incredibles it felt a little underdone, fast and loose with the action and light on theme and backstory.
Bird's comments in interviews suggest that he trimmed a fair amount of material, particularly from the early portions of the film, like taking out all the references to Disneyland. A little more set up would actually have helped quite a bit with the later part of the film, and now we can see one sequence which we think definitely should have been left in.
Pixar created the below animation which would have played near the start of the film and introduced a little more about Tomorrowland - what it was for and who set it up. Here's the video.
It's lovely to look at and really conveys the sense of wonder which the film works hard to create in the opening act. More importantly though it gives useful clues to what the heck the characters are doing in Paris later on and exactly what the entire plan behind Tomorrowland was. That's all fairly muddled in the final product, suggesting that perhaps Bird didn't have enough time to really tell the story he wanted to.
Truth be told, the film is already too long at 130 minutes so it's possible that more material couldn't have helped the final feature. Regardless, it's fascinating to see how material is whittled away to reach a final cut, and hopefully we'll get to see more deleted scenes once the film arrives on home video.
Tomorrowland is in cinemas now.