The all new 2018 Nissan LEAF lent its support to Disney’s reimagined A Wrinkle in Time at the film’s premier. Three state-of-the-art LEAFs went to makeup and wardrobe with acclaimed fabricators, Vehicle Effects (who also brought us the recent Star Wars homages). These transformation gurus neatly captured the spirits of the fairy godmother-like characters: Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which.
Based on the 1962 children’s novel by Madeleine L’Engle, Disney previously gave life to these characters in a 2003 straight-to-tv movie. The magic of the tale has, however, demanded a retelling of the travails of misfit Meg, her genius baby brother (Wallace), and misunderstood cool kid (Calvin) as they embark on an interstellar adventure to find Meg’s missing father.
They are aided in their quest by three interstellar travellers, masquerading as humans on earth: the Mrs W’s. It is fitting that these characters be embodied by the LEAF as the original novel held their true forms were winged, centaur-like beings who traveled the universe instantaneously. How’s that for horsepower?
Mrs Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), the youngest of the Mrs W’s, presents in a lilly-leafed white gown, lovingly recreated on the Nissan LEAF. Her vivid red hair is echoed in the crimson floral pattern sweeping rearward from the roof. The nature overtones are deserved as Mrs Whatsit proves herself capable of transforming into winged, nymph-like colossus.
Mrs Who (Mindy Kaling), who only speaks in quotes, progresses from dumpy quilts to spectacular swami robes of the kaleidoscopic, peacock variety. The chaos of her colorful petticoats and shawls have been captured in broad strokes on the complementary LEAF.
Mrs Which (Oprah Winfrey) is the head fairy godmother and a serious piece of work. Appearing briefly in the novel as an actual witch, in the premier film she is all platinum hair, metallic makeup and glinting jewellery, caged in chrome. Her mirroring LEAF sports the the same chrome body cage and exudes an aura of power.
As an extra added bonus, all three customized vehicles have been outfitted with specialized LED light arrays that mimic the ‘wrinkle’ effect on the vehicle windows. These windows and effects react to touch and even sense the approach of viewers via infrared sensors.
“Breakthrough technology is a key part of the storyline in A Wrinkle in Time and also a cornerstone of the all-new Nissan LEAF,” said Jeremy Tucker (VP of Marketing & Communications, Nissan North America), referring to Meg’s father’s discovery (in the film) of technology able to fold (or wrinkle) space-time, allowing instantaneous interstellar travel.
Now, we’re not saying a Nissan LEAF can transport you 91 billion light years at the snap of your fingers (not without voiding your warranty anyway). But with ever increasing range (about 240 km on a full charge at present), 320Nm of torque and a top speed of 145 km/h it will get you where you’re going, with just as small a carbon footprint as if you’d “tessered” there.
Teleport on down and test drive a LEAF today.