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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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Release Date:

6 October 2010 (France)  »

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Persistence of Vision  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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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. See more »


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A look behind the scenes at the re-birth of Disney animation
16 September 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was at a showing of this film at the Toronto International Film Festival last night followed by a short Q&A session with producers Don Hahn and Peter Schneider. Exclusively using archival footage, much of it home video quality, it tells the story of Disney animation between the years 1984 and 1994. This period started with the studios almost being closed down and ended with classic and successful animated films like 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'The Lion King'. As Don Hahn said last night "We are trained so well in the disciplines of animated films that we made another movie that is 82 minutes long and includes a laugh and a cry". The business side of the industry is examined, warts and all, while looking at the relationship between Roy Disney, Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenburg, with Katzenburg probably coming off worst. Recent audio interview clips are used but the film has no 'talking heads' sequences. The film gives an insightful glimpse behind the scenes at Disney animation during this particular time period. We get to see a depressed looking Tim Burton working at a drawing board in the mid-eighties and at least two live action 'pies in the face', which must be a good thing. The bad news is that this will not be on general release until next April at the earliest. It will be shown at more film festivals this year and the producers did say last night that they will personally deliver and show the movie to appropriate interested groups in the early months of 2010 to try and create word of mouth publicity. Get your friends together and give them a call.

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