Disney has finally unveiled the first movie trailer for their documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty which is a detailed behind the scenes look at what went on at Disney Animation from 1984 to 1994. It takes you from the time Disney Animation hit rock bottom and how they built themselves back up into what they eventually became. This was the time they pumped out one great animated film after another. Films like, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and more.
The movie follows some of the big power players at the time, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Michael Eisner and Roy Disney, and how they struggled with each other to bring about the films that eventually were made. This was a time when Disney was going through a chaotic time, and through the chaos emerged some classic films that we'll never forget.
I know a great deal about the behind the scenes struggle at Disney from reading the book The Keys to the Kingdom: How Michael Eisner Lost his Grip. It will be awesome to see this old footage that has never been seen before, and watch these amazing events unfold on the big screen.
Official Plot Synopsis:
Waking Sleeping Beauty is no fairytale. It is a story of clashing egos, out of control budgets, escalating tensions… and one of the most extraordinary creative periods in animation history.
Director Don Hahn and producer Peter Schneider, key players at Walt Disney Studios Feature Animation department during the mid1980s, offer a behind-the-magic glimpse of the turbulent times the Animation Studio was going through and the staggering output of hits that followed over the next ten years. Artists polarized between the hungry young innovators and the old guard who refused to relinquish control, mounting tensions due to a string of box office flops, and warring studio heads create the backdrop for this fascinating story told with a unique and candid perspective from those that were there. Through interviews, internal memos, home movies, and a cast of characters featuring Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Roy Disney, alongside an amazing array of talented artists that includes Don Bluth, John Lasseter, and Tim Burton, Waking Sleeping Beauty shines a light on Disney Animation’s darkest hours, greatest joys and its improbable renaissance.