The Making of Me
|The Making of Me|
|Opening date||October 30, 1989|
|Closing date||January 1, 2007|
|Produced||Jay Daniel |
|Written and Directed||Glenn Gordon Caron |
The Making of Me is a 1989 film about conception and birth directed by Glenn Gordon Caron and starring Martin Short. The film was shown at the Wonders of Life pavilion at Walt Disney World Resort's Epcot when the pavilion was open. As of 2007, the theater remains open during the International Food & Wine Festival; however, the film being shown is about food.
As of 2008, Martin Short now stars in an unrelated short film in the Canada pavilion of Epcot.
Martin Short tells the story about how we are born, by explaining how his parents met during the course of their lives - at a high school dance, getting married, on their honeymoon, and having a baby for the very first time.
The film also explains the process of fertilization between sperm and egg cells in an animated segment that last about 1:30 minutes, as well as the development of the fetus by using imagery of fetal development taken by Lennart Nilsson (previously appeared in Nova's "Miracle of Life".)
The attraction closed along with the rest of the pavilion on January 1, 2007. During the 2007 Epcot Food & Wine Festival, the marquee located outside of the attraction was covered by a curtain. During 2008, the marquee was once again visible, but the movie did not show. 
From 2008 onward, the theatre has been used to screen "Seasons of The Vine", a film formerly shown at Disney's California Adventure, during the Food and Wine Festival. During the Flower and Garden Festival, the theatre is called The Garden Theatre.
According to producers, the film was "...somewhat a departure for a Disney attraction", and mentions that the film "may elicit controversy" in regards to the issue of abortion; fortunately, the intent was "to not walk into the teeth of the (abortion) issue."
Given that birth and conception is a sensitive issue around families, an advisory sign was placed near the entrance of the theater, in order to advise parents to decide whether the film is suitable for them.
- Jay Daniel http://www.flickr.com/photos/69987114@N00/421583524/
- Glenn Gordon Caron http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097817/
-  "Epcot Film on Birth May Prove Controversial" Sarasota Herald Tribune, Oct 30th, 1989