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Waking Sleeping Beauty

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Don Hahn

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About the Movie

Far from a fairytale, Waking Sleeping Beauty is an unprecedented eye-opening look at the conflict, drama and tension that ushered in the second chapter of Disney's animation legacy - a decade of unparalleled creativity that included The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. Told by the people who were actually there - Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Roy E. Disney, John Lasseter and many more, Waking Sleeping Beauty is a behind-the-magic look at the people and circumstances that changed the face of animation forever.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 49
  • Fresh: 35
  • Rotten: 14
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Sly retrospective exercise in corporate self-congratulation masquerading as an insider's tell-all. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The joy of cartoons meets the agony of office politics in this fascinating, inside- Hollywood-baseball documentary about how Disney, against all odds, revived the art of feature-length drawn animation. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: It's got a terrific inside Hollywood sensibility plus an unblinking candor that lets the chips fall where they should. Which, given who made it, is something of a pleasant surprise. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A documentary about the lucrative rebirth of Disney's animation arm between the years 1984 and 1994, it's a warts-and-all tale of clashing egos and the eternal war between art and commerce. – Ernest Hardy, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Disney Rennaisance

This is the ultimate underdog documentary. (PLus Where else can you get Tim Burton and JOhn Lasseter in one movie?)

Very insightful, interesting documentary

This documentary is semi in-depth look into the ushering in of the Disney Renaissance from 1984-1994 with Roy Disney bringing in Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg. It is very interesting because it looks into how Disney animation went from a joke or the stepchild essentially to a revolutionary company in a matter of ten years. I'm definitely watching it again because it is just so interesting. I feel like I definitely have a better grasp on who the characters were during this time of growth and tension.

Plus, I have a huge admiration and respect for Howard Ashman. I never knew or appreciated the amount of genius and artistry he put into Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin before he passed away.

Definitely a film checking out if you are or are not a Disney animation fan so that basically means everybody!

I feel the film is a great length, but could have had a few more details and stories added. I think Don and Peter should make another documentary about the next ten or fifteen years chornicling the fall of Disney animation starting with Pocahontas because I am very intruiged about that as well.

In depth look

It was greta to see a look at disney the public may not have seen before.