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The story of the Disney Renaissance, an incredibly prolific, successful and prestigious decade lasting from 1984 to 1994 that saw the fallen Walt Disney Animation Studios' unexpected progressive triumphant return to excellence.

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Don Hahn

Writer:

Patrick Pacheco (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Hahn ... Narrator (voice)
Ron Clements ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Peter Schneider ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Roy Edward Disney ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Rob Minkoff ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Glen Keane ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Michael Eisner ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Jeffrey Katzenberg ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Mike Gabriel ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Roger Allers ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
David Pruiksma ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Gary Trousdale ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
George Scribner George Scribner ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
John Musker ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Thomas Schumacher Thomas Schumacher ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
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The story of the Disney Renaissance, an incredibly prolific, successful and prestigious decade lasting from 1984 to 1994 that saw the fallen Walt Disney Animation Studios' unexpected progressive triumphant return to excellence.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Persistence of Vision See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,115, 28 March 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$80,172, 2 May 2010
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Color:

Color
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Don Hahn wanted to avoid making what he called a "talking heads documentary" where people sit in front of the camera and talk. This is why none of the interviewees appear onscreen. See more »

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Features The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) See more »

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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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