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Movie Review: ‘Waking Sleeping Beauty’

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‘Waking Sleeping Beauty’ follows the resurrection of Disney Animation Studios between 1984 and 1994. Many believed that Disney animation was kaput after a string of failures, and ‘The Little Mermaid’ brought it back from the dead. I thought the film was both enlightening and entertaining. It was jam packed with information in a short period of time though, so I would recommend going to see it when you are fully awake. My only complaint is that I thought it was heavily critical of Jeffrey Katzenberg. They portrayed him as a spotlight stealing, unappreciative guy. I don’t think it was really acknowledged that a large part of Disney’s success during this time was attributed to Katzenberg. In fact, he left Disney right after ‘The Lion King,’ which was Disney’s last major Box Office success. See the trailer below, and then make time to go see this documentary.