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Waking Sleeping Beauty


Waking Sleeping Beauty
Don Hahn, 2009
June 25, 2010–July 8, 2010
"This fine film lets you experience the rebirth of Disney as if you were there! This tale of artistic reincarnation is a classic show business story that has a terrific inside Hollywood sensibility plus an unblinking candor."—Los Angeles Times

By the mid-1980s, the fabled animation studios of Walt Disney had fallen on hard times. The artists were polarized between newcomers hungry to innovate (including a young Tim Burton and John Lasseter) and old timers not yet ready to relinquish control. These conditions produced a series of box-office flops and pessimistic forecasts: maybe the best days of animation were over. Maybe the public didn't care. Only a miracle or a magic spell could produce a happy ending. Waking Sleeping Beauty is no fairy tale. It's the true story of how Disney regained its magic with a staggering output of hits - Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and more - over a 10-year period. (86 mins., 35mm)