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 »
Insightful and Motivating; Disney's Mid-'90s Success Didn't Come Easily
A surprisingly open, meticulous walk through the dark days of Disney's legendary animation house. Nearly two decades after Walt's death, the studio's culture was crumbling, with leadership deeply entrenched in the past and a full roster of young challengers nipping at their heels. Through a stunningly thorough collection of time-stamped home video footage and detailed interviews with every major player, (especially impressive considering how many have since passed on) we learn the private story of the studio's darkest hour and celebrate its romantic return to glory. The archival footage alone is astounding stuff, flowing beautifully as a testament to both the unique, energetic personality of the shop and dire circumstances faced by its denizens. That it captured such an important chapter in the company's - and the industry's - long, decorated history is almost too much to believe. Admirably honest, doggedly comprehensive and charmingly human, it's a real eye-opener for anyone with even a passing interest in the stories behind several of animation's watershed moments.
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