Waking Sleeping Beauty
Waking Sleeping Beauty (2010)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 26, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It doesn't probe as deep -- or tell as many hard truths -- as it could have, but Don Hahn's look at Disney's rebirth offers a fascinating and surprisingly candorous glimpse into the studio's past.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

More Belle, more Ariel, more Simba -- and less of Eisner and Co. -- would have made a more interesting movie.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

An intriguing yet uneven documentary...

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It's a not-so-great movie about some great movies.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Even in its sanitized state, this movie about the generational revolt that reinvigorated Disney's animation department in the 1980s and '90s is fascinating

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Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

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.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

A few too many industry asides, but filled with behind-the-scenes moments.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Waking Sleeping Beauty doesn't have as much behind-the-scenes juice as you'd hope.

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

Combining honest commentary with archival footage, Waking Sleeping Beauty offers a refreshing look at a side large companies often steer clear of.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Edwards
An interesting look back at the past of Disney's second age of Renaissance in the late 80s and early 90s. But my only problem with the film, its SO SLOW… More
Jake ....
The thing I love the most about Waking Sleeping Beauty is that it really is about absolutely nothing. I mean, alright, there's stuff going on, but… More
Jennifer Xu
I really want to like this movie, but it was basically a big "aren't we all awesome" masturbatory celebration rather than any juicy dirt.
Ken Stachnik
Fantastic, great footage that shows Tim Burton as the creepy weird kid you always knew he was.
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castaņeda
Engrossing account of the men who saved Disney's animation branch and brought it to a second "Golden Age" from the late-eighties to the… More
Walter M.
"Waking Sleeping Beauty" is a breezy backstage look at the reemergence of the formerly moribund Disney animation studios, starting in 1984 with the… More