Fans of Disney animation and its complicated history will want to check out the trailer for Waking Sleeping Beauty (see below).
The feature-length documentary covers the years between 1984 and 1994 – the years of a major creative renaissance at the mouse house. During these years Disney Animation went from delivering box office flops and almost going belly-up (Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio were considered failures for a long time and didn't recoup their costs until years after their original releases) to some of the best and most classic Disney Animated Movies in history, such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King.
Directed by Disney producer Don Hahn, the film follows the “clashing egos, out of control budgets, escalating tensions… and one of the most extraordinary creative periods in animation history”.
Using interviews, home movies, and more from well-known and respected Disney employees, including Roy Disney, Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Don Bluth, Tim Burton, and John Lasseter, Waking Sleeping Beauty is said to tell the unprecedented story from the perspective of those who were there. Of course, the documentary is Disney-produced so don't expect too many shocking revelations or scandalous insider info. Regardless, it should still give viewers a fascinating look behind some of the most enchanting movies ever produced.
Waking Sleeping Beauty has received some excellent buzz and was an Official Selection at the 2009 Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. The movie also won the Audience Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
Waking Sleeping Beauty hits theatres March 26th, 2010.