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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Movie Review: Waking Sleeping Beauty

I finally got around to seeing "Waking Sleeping Beauty."  If you haven't heard of this movie before it's a documentary about Disney Animation from the early 80's to the mid 90's.  It starts at just before Disney's lowest point in the early 80's just before the release of the box office bomb "The Black Cauldron."

This documentary really shows the story behind the changing of the guard from the original animators to the second generation of Disney animators.  It then takes you through the emotional ups and downs of the second Disney golden age right to the implosion of the late Eisner years.

This documentary was more than just a detail by detail replay it went into the relationships the animators had and the stress between the Disney executives.  There times when this movie really tugs on your heart strings.  Disney suffered two major losses during this period and this film covers both of them.

Even non-Disney fans would enjoy this film.  It really gives you a good idea of how animated films make it from concept to the light of day and how a company can go from the bottom to the top in less than ten years.

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