Waking Sleeping Beauty

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Waking Sleeping Beauty

Directed by Don Hahn

Featuring: Roy E. Disney, Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, John Lasseter, Frank Wells

Waking Sleeping Beauty is an amazing documentary directed by Don Hahn, who produced Disney classics like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. The film looks at the revival of the Disney animation studio under the leadership of Michael Eisner, Frank Wells, and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Following a rash of box office failures the Disney animation studio was in trouble. As the new generation of animators pressed for their chance to create they were met by financial and leadership constraints. With the trio of new leaders at the helm the company turned around the division and produced some of the biggest hits in animation history. This success would come at a heavy cost in the office as egos collided and the pressure to continue the success increased. In the end the Disney animation studio would survive through tragedy and triumph in this amazing documentary.

The film is a great insider look at the Disney creative process. The movie features footage taken inside the studio over almost twenty years. In addition, there are candid interviews with some of the major figures in the film. This is a well-made documentary that reveals a dark side to the success of Disney animation. It also shows the creative minds behind some of the greatest songs and scenes in classic Disney films.

The movie also touches on the effects of the animation department success on other areas of the Disney Corporation. From the parks to merchandising the success at the box office created success in all other areas of the company.

I give this movie 3.8 out of 5 stars. If you love Disney this is a great movie to watch. I also recommend it for anyone who is interested in the creative process of film-making. Although it deals with some darker moments in Disney history there is also a lot of lighthearted moments throughout. Perhaps the most eye-opening documentary produced in some time.


Running Time: 86 minutes


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