Tag Archives: filmmaking
Vids I Dig 881: The Critical Drinker: Why Modern Movies Suck – They’re Destroying Our Heroes
Vids I Dig 872: The Critical Drinker – After Hours: ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’, Featuring Robert Meyer Burnett
Vids I Dig 871: Toy Galaxy: From Box Office Bomb to Cult Beloved: The Story of ‘The Last Starfighter’
Vids I Dig 864: The Critical Drinker: Why Modern Movies Suck – They’re Written By Children
Vids I Dig 855: The Critical Drinker – After Hours: ‘RoboCop’, Featuring Danquish
Vids I Dig 851: Whang!: He Made Her Watch – ‘Opera’ (1987)
Vids I Dig 839: The Critical Drinker – After Hours: The ‘Rocky’ Film Series, Featuring Many Guests (In 2 Parts)
Vids I Dig 836: Whang!: The Story of Harvey Weinstein’s First Movie – ‘The Burning’ (1981)
Documentary Review: Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)
Also known as: Persistence of Vision (working title)
Release Date: September 5th, 2009 (Telluride Film Festival)
Directed by: Don Hahn
Written by: Patrick Pacheco
Music by: Chris P. Bacon
Cast: Don Hahn (narrator), Roy E. Disney, Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Randy Cartwright, Howard Ashman, various
Red Shoes, Stone Circle Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, 86 Minutes
“People always talked about Roy as the idiot nephew. That was his nickname. Nothing could be further from the truth. He was smart, unassuming and powerful. You could easily underestimate him, but you did so at your own peril.” – Peter Schneider
If you like old school Disney stuff, there are a lot of documentaries about old school Disney stuff on Disney+. Honestly, it’s the only reason I’m currently subscribed other than having access to the classic movies I also love. I barely care about Star Wars or the MCU, at this point.
Anyway, this is one of those documentaries.
Waking Sleeping Beauty is the story of how the backbone of Disney, it’s animated feature films division, was suffering by the mid-’80s and how several creatives came in and turned it all around with what’s now referred to as their “renaissance”.
This is a compelling story and for fans of classic Disney animation, this is certainly worth watching. It features interviews with lots of people who were there and who understood the structure and politics of the company at the time.
My only real gripe about the documentary is that it never felt focused enough on the important topics and it jumped around quite a bit, as it tried to cover a lot of films and their whole creation process in a documentary that was less than 90 minutes. However, Disney+ could easily expand on all of this, as they already have several documentary shows that spend full hours on specific topics from their past.
Still, this held my attention from start-to-finish and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just wish a lot of it was expanded on and fleshed out more because it was all so interesting. It just felt rushed through at times.
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