Waking Sleeping Beauty

Waking Sleeping Beauty



Walt Disney Pictures has been the leading name in animated filmmaking since the 1930s, but the studio's crown was looking more than a little tarnished in the 1980s after a series of expensive commercial and critical disappointments such as The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, and The Great Mouse Detective. At that time, a handful of Disney executives were questioning the wisdom of continuing to make animated films, as the company was making more money in live-action movies, theme parks, and television. That changed when Roy Disney -- Walt's nephew and the last figure from the studio's Golden Age management team still on board -- teamed up with newly hired studio executives Michael D. Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg to restore their reputation for both quality and commercial appeal. With the success of Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988, the team sparked a new interest in animation on the big screen, and a string of smash hits that began with The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast launched a new era of both acclaim and box-office success for the company. But those successes didn't come without behind-the-scenes conflict, and Don Hahn, a longtime producer at Disney, offers an inside look at the creative squabbles and battles amongst the management that came during Disney's climb back to the top of Hollywood's mountain in the documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty. Along with behind-the-scenes footage and rare personal artwork created by the studio's animation staff (including some unflattering cartoons of their bosses), the film includes interviews with many key figures of this era in Disney history, and several people who enjoyed greater success after leaving the company, such as Tim Burton and John Lasseter. Waking Sleeping Beauty was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/30/2010
UPC: 0786936806885
Original Release: 2009
Rating: PG
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:26:00

Special Features

Why wake Sleeping Beauty?; Deleted scenes; The sailor, the mountain climber, the artist and the poet; Studio tours; A reunion; Walt; Audio commentary by director Don Hahn and producer Peter Schneider

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roy Edward Disney Participant
Michael Eisner Participant
Jeffrey Katzenberg Participant
Glen Keane Participant
Don Bluth Participant
Tim Burton Participant
Ron Clements Participant
Don Hahn Narrator
Mike Gabriel Participant
David Pruiksma Participant
George Scribner Participant
Kirk Wise Participant
Lisa Keene Participant
Peter Schneider Participant
Rob Minkoff Participant
John Musker Participant
Roger Allers Participant
Gary Trousdale Participant
Thomas C. Schumacher Participant
Dick Cook Participant
Roger Rose Narrator
Patrick Pacheco Interviewer
Pete Anthony Conductor

Technical Credits
Don Hahn Director,Producer
Pete Anthony Musical Direction/Supervision
Chris P. Bacon Score Composer
Jeff Greenberg Casting
Ellen Keneshea Editor
Vartan Nazarian Editor
Patrick Pacheco Screenwriter
John Damien Ryan Editor
Peter Schneider Producer
Connie Nartonis Thompson Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Waking Sleeping Beauty
1. Opening Credits/Filming Begins [:00]
2. Chairman Roy Disney Resigns [:00]
3. Eisner and Katzenberg [:00]
4. Peter Schneider, the Man [:02]
5. One Film a Year [:00]
6. Clements and Musker [:00]
7. Caps [7:30]
8. Menken and Ashman [6:11]
9. Taking Credit [7:27]
10. A Best Picture Nomination [6:43]
11. Frank Wells Memorial [7:47]
12. Thank You Speeches/End Credits [7:16]

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