Waking Sleeping Beauty
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"More Belle, more Ariel, more Simba -- and less of Eisner and Co. -- would have made a more interesting movie."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Sly retrospective exercise in corporate self-congratulation masquerading as an insider's tell-all."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"An intriguing yet uneven documentary..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"[Director Don Hahn's] interviews are used as voice-over to a lively mix of Disney film clips, behind-the-scenes footage and rare home movies taken by Disney staffers."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"It's not one of those documentaries whose appeal stretches beyond people who are already interested in the subject, but animation buffs will eat it up."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It's a not-so-great movie about some great movies."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Even in its sanitized state, this movie about the generational revolt that reinvigorated Disney's animation department in the 1980s and '90s is fascinating"
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Carries the mystique of Walt Disney, whose animated features can be regarded as a genetic line with ups and downs as compellingly dramatic as the history of royal families."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Featuring interviews with such luminaries as Tim Burton, John Lasseter, Don Bluth, Michael Eisner, the late Howard Ashman, the irascible Roy Disney and others, the film is a self-congratulatory dud."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"[It] may not be thrilling, riveting viewing for some, but for animation fans, and for aficionados of Disney, the movie is must-see."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A few too many industry asides, but filled with behind-the-scenes moments."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Waking Sleeping Beauty doesn't have as much behind-the-scenes juice as you'd hope."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Combining honest commentary with archival footage, Waking Sleeping Beauty offers a refreshing look at a side large companies often steer clear of."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"A subpar movie about exceptional ones, and you won't really care who was responsible."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"Instead, it's a fascinating look at how a group of talented, flawed individuals managed to pull together for a while and make some beautiful and lasting films. There's something kind of magical about that, too."
‑ Rob Thomas, Wisconsin State Journal
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