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Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)

PG  |   |  Documentary  |  6 October 2010 (France)
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The art of modern animation is brought to life by a perfect storm of art, business, and circumstance.



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The art of modern animation is brought to life by a perfect storm of art, business, and circumstance.

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



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Rated PG for some thematic elements and brief mild language

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6 October 2010 (France)  »

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Persistence of Vision  »

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$33,115 (USA) (26 March 2010)


$80,172 (USA) (30 April 2010)

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Educational and informative documentary about Disney's changing of the guard thru live action, computer graphics and studio heads.
23 October 2011 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

"Walking Sleeping Beauty" is one documentary that you don't want to miss it's educational and informative it takes you to a behind the scenes turmoil at Walt Disney studios. It showed how the face of the department's film animation would change forever as the old guys would roll over to more eager and younger determined talent. A real changing of the guard so to speak. As in all business any company has drama and change and tension and thru news clips, interviews, and studio footage this film shows it all you really get a backstage pass to the changing of Disney's animation studios.

For years the film department did things their way only a new wave of young artist would arrive in the early 80's(note footage of legendary Tim Burton(1989's "Batman") starting out in the art department!)Disney began to want movies with more live action and more wilder stories and this became more of a reality with the arrival of CEO Michael Eisner and film department head Jeffrey Katzenberg as ideals and new techniques started to unroll. The best of this is evident in films like the live action "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and other hits like "Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast", and "The Lion King" were mixed with great Broadway musical scores and computer generated graphics which would be the new Disney discovery like "Pixar".

Sure the company still had it's ups and downs but these works and methods and people would change Disney film forever. Overall good educational documentary that any history or film fan would enjoy so please watch you will be educated.

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