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From the very moment that the project was announced, ‘Tomorrowland’ was shrouded in mystery. Though we’ve seen a few trailers here and there since we first laid eyes on that infamous box that inspired the movie, there is still plenty that we don’t know about Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof’s upcoming sci-fi adventure film. For instance, where did Tomorrowland come from? Well, we now have the answer thanks to a few animated prequels that outline the origins of this impossible place.

The Disney Movie Trailers YouTube channel recently released a pair of videos explaining the history of a group known as Plus Ultra. Narrated by ‘Pinky and the Brain’ voice actor Maurice LaMarche, the animated shorts reveals that Nikola Tesla, Jules Verne, Gustave Eiffel, and Thomas Edison formed a secret society at the 1889 Paris World’s Fair that was dedicated to building a new tomorrow where nothing was impossible. You can check out the videos below:

Is it just me or do these videos remind anyone else of the old school Goofy shorts that usually involved the Disney icon getting hurt in some way? I get a little bit of that, but of course these take a more serious tone. Anyway, we can assume that this new tomorrow involves the mystical, futuristic world that stars George Clooney and Brit Robertson are venturing to, but we don’t know exactly how Plus Ultra comes into play just yet. Regardless, we certainly get some very interesting background information about the world of the film.

What do you think of these animated ‘Tomorrowland’ prequels? How do you think Plus Ultra factors into Brad Bird and Damon Lidelof’s story? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section.

‘Tomorrowland’ starring George Clooney, Brit Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, and Thomas Robinson hits theaters on May 22, 2015.