Waking Sleeping Beauty Poster

Release Date: March 26th, 2010

DVD Release Date: November 30th, 2010

PG|1 hr 26 min

Plot Summary
Through extensive use of archival clips, documentarian Don Hahn explores how Walt Disney Animation Studios broke out of their mid-1980s box-office slump. The film focuses on the group of young, ambitious animators and filmmakers, such as Tim Burton and "Toy Story" director John Lasseter, who struggled against outside competition and old-guard studio executives within the company to reclaim Disney's legacy as a producer of world-class animated entertainment.

Cast: Don Hahn

Director: Don Hahn

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Red Shoes, Stone Circle Pictures

Distributors: Walt Disney

Keywords: Rise, 1990s, Offbeat, Transformation, 1980s, Underdog, Inspiring, Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The most fascinating scenes in Waking Sleeping Beauty involve the infamous Disney work ethic. Friends of mine at the studio said the unofficial motto was, "If you didn't come in on Saturday, don't even bother to come in on Sunday." show more

  • Surprisingly hard-hitting and revealing. The topic is a bit specialized to draw a wide audience, but those who see the movie will definitely enjoy the intrigue depicted. show more

  • A fascinating, albeit self-congratulatory, account of how Disney's fabled animation department was reenergized and reimagined between 1984 and 1994. show more

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