Waking Sleeping Beauty (2010)

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This masterfully crafted documentary covers the fall and rebirth of Disney's animation division, the effects the new corporate team of Michael Eisner, Frank Wells, and Jeffrey Katzenberg had on the division, the competition with Don Bluth's animation studio, the pivotal roles of Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the CAPS system, the introduction of the home video format, and the new-found success the studio had from 1989-1999. The documentary also explores the production and releases of The Black Cauldron (1985), The Great Mouse Detective (1986), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Oliver & Company (1988), The Little Mermaid (1989), The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), and The Lion King (1994).
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Cast: Don Hahn

Crew: Don Hahn (Director), Chris Bacon (Music Director)

Release Dates: 06 Oct 2010 (India)

Tagline: From 1984 to 1994 a perfect storm of people and circumstances changed the face of animation forever.

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Did you know? This documentary debuted at the 2009 Telluride Film Festival, and played at film festivals across the country before its limited theatrical release on March 26, 2010 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Read More
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Film Type:
Documentary Feature
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
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Taglines:
From 1984 to 1994 a perfect storm of people and circumstances changed the face of animation forever.
Trivia:
This movie is dedicated to the memory of Howard Ashman, Joe Ranft, Frank Wells, and Roy Edward Disney. When the film first premiered Disney was still alive; however, after his death in December of 2009 director Don Hahn decided that the "forever version of the movie" should also include Disney and so the change was made prior to the DVD release.

This movie does not mention who sent the fake memo around the studio, that announced the renaming of all of Disney's animated films. It was animator Ed Gombert.

It is mentioned in this film that Frank Wells called the Disney studio at 3 a.m. to find out what Goofy's original name was (Dippy Dawg).

Don Hahn wanted to avoid making what he called a "talking heads documentary" where people sit in front of the camera and talk. This is why none of the interviewees appear onscreen.

This documentary debuted at the 2009 Telluride Film Festival, and played at film festivals across the country before its limited theatrical release on March 26, 2010 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Unusual for a documentary film, this movie uses no new on-camera interviews, instead relying primarily on archival interviews, press kit footage, in-progress and completed footage from the films being covered, and personal film/videos shot (often against company policy) by the employees of the animation studio.