Tuesday, September 08, 2009

"Waking Sleeping Beauty" - An Inside Look At Disney Animation

OK, I so want to see this documentary already. "Waking Sleeping Beauty" is being shown at the Telluride Film Festival, and it documents the turmoil during the resurrection of Disney animation unit between 1984 and 1994. This is the period when Disney hits unbelievable heights in animation with "The Little Mermaid", "Beauty and the Beasts" and "The Lion King". But it also led to a lot of internal power struggle that ultimately ended with the animation unit being shut down completely until recently.

“Waking Sleeping Beauty” was made by Don Hahn and Peter Schneider, who are scarcely anthropologists stumbling across an interesting uprising. Hahn, who directed and produced the film, produced “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King,” while Schneider, who produced the movie, was the animation president during its resurrection. The documentary also was financed and will be distributed by Disney next April.

It would be interesting to hear what the participants involved in this whole period has to say now. On second thought, maybe I don't want to hear what they have to say anymore.


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