Waking Sleeping Beauty

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Released 2010

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Director:
Don Hahn
Released:
2010
Rating:
PG
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.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    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.

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A sly retrospective exercise in corporate self-congratulation masquerading as an insider's tell-all.

  • 50

    Variety

    The documentary has but one revelatory insight -- that "The Lion King" can be read as an allegory of the territorial peeing match between big cats Michael Eisner, Roy Disney and, l...

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