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Review of Waking Sleeping Beauty: So glad I woke up to this one!

What's the name of the movie? Waking Sleeping Beauty

Who Directed it? Don Hahn

Who's it got?  In the case of this movie, it's not a case of who is in it, but rather the story about what was going on during the time period depicted in the movie.  But if you insist, we get to see a very young Tim Burton, John Lasseter, and Joe Ranft, among others. 

What's it about? This fantastic documentary covers the time period of 1985 to 1995 in which the animation department at Disney was in danger of being shut down.  The resulting renaissance that was brought about by such people like Michael Eisner, Frank Wells, Roy E. Disney, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Howard Ashman, to name a few, brought some of the most beloved Disney titles of the past twenty years.  With Don Bluth leaving Disney during production of The Fox and the Hound, the ranks of the animation department were greatly reduced due to ther defectors leaving with Bluth.  Emerging talent took the reins and hits like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King led to a string of hits the likes of which had not been seen before or pretty much ever again unti Pixar made its bow with Toy Story.    

What's good about it? Everything! The history of the Disney company, particularly the animation department has always been a point of fascination for me. 

What's not so good? Absolutely nothing.  I loved this movie.

So you got to attend a Q&A afterward? Yes I did! I will share some of the highlights from that in my next article!

So what's the verdict? Out of 5, I have to say a very strong, solid 5.  Highest possible recommendation. An important slice of Disney history in a very entertaining film.

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