“The Sweatbox”, the Documentary That Disney Doesn’t Want You to See

Disney has kept The Sweatbox locked out of sight for the past decade, but the 2002 documentary was posted online yesterday by an eighteen-year-old cartoonist in the UK. First, a little background on the film from Wade Sampson:

In 1997, musical performer and composer Sting was asked by the Walt Disney Company to write the music for a new animated feature called Kingdom of the Sun. It was to be directed by Roger Allers who was basking in the success of his work on The Lion King. Sting agreed, on the condition that his wife, filmmaker Trudie Styler, could document the process of the production with their own production company, Xingu Films…Sting’s wife was given unlimited access when it came to Production No. 1331 (aka “Kingdom”). She and her camera sat in on story meetings for the movie, rolled while actors auditioned as well as taping Sting while he recorded the score. No one expected two years into the production, it would shift direction drastically.

The Sweatbox is at turns infuriating, hilarious and enlightening. You’ll cringe in sympathy with the Disney artists as you see the gross bureaucratic incompetence they had to endure while working at the studio in the 1990s. The film not only captures the tortured morphing of the Kingdom of the Sun into The Emperor’s New Groove, it also serves as an invaluable historical document about Disney’s animation operations in the late-1990s. If any questions remain about why Disney fizzled out creatively and surrendered its feature animation crown to Pixar and DreamWorks, this film will answer them.

UPDATE: I just checked another copy of the film and it appears that the version of The Sweatbox posted on YouTube is an earlier cut of the film. The final theatrical version was 86 minutes long with a significantly different opening. I haven’t watched both side-by-side to draw further comparisons between these two versions.

(via @crazymorse)


  • Azz

    I hope someone is torrenting this so it can continue to exist once this is inevitably taken down.

  • http://Tremendoustales.com Christopher Olson

    This would make an interesting double bill with Waking Sleeping Beauty. Kind of a depressing double bill, actually.

    • kyle maloney

      I watched both back to back for the first time. I didn’t want them to end.

      • OtherDan

        Throw “Dream On Silly Dreamer” for yet another slightly different angle to complete the trilogy-Seriously, that would make a good box set.

  • Sarah J

    Sounds interesting. I’ll watch it tonight after class.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/ForbiddenDouchebag The Forbidden Dook-bag

    Nice to see you mentioned my Brit-bud, Max for the second time on the site (the first being the Angry Dad / Cartoon Brew re-edit he did). Hopefully this ‘ll make his day.

    Max and I actually found it through bootleg torrents that are currently circling Disney fan forums. Even though Disney will probably inevitably take down the YouTube upload, it’s one step forward to getting “Sweatbox” released on home video. Disney isn’t all that better as it was ten years ago given the creative differences with “Brave”, further focus on computer features at Anaheim even though traditional animation is still in house and other word out of the financial and creative side of the company. “John Carter of Mars”‘ $200 million loss might prove something to them.

    • hildy

      A couple of points…

      “Brave” is a Pixar film and has nothing to do with Walt Disney Animation Studios. Neither does the live-action John Carter (directed by former Pixar director).

      And Walt Disney Animation Studios is located in Burbank, CA, miles and miles away from Anaheim.

      • Bud

        Well, Pixar is 100% Owned by DISNEY, and Disney produced both Brave AND John Carter. They pay for the films, they pay for and market the films.

        Just a fact.

      • Matt

        Considering that 9 people liked Hildy’s comment, and only two yours, apparently people don’t like facts around here.

        Pixar and Walt Disney Animation studios both fall under the jurisdiction of the two-headed beast known as John Lasetter. If working conditions are still poor at Disney, he’s probably the one to blame.

      • Hank

        “liking” and FACTS are two different things. Disney owns it all.

        And FYI, working conditions at Disney are fantastic!

      • hildy

        My attempt to draw a differentiation between Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios was in response to:
        “Disney isn’t all that better as it was ten years ago given the creative differences with “Brave”, further focus on computer features at Anaheim even though traditional animation is still in house and other word out of the financial and creative side of the company. ”

        10 years ago, the ship was run by Eisner, Schneider and Schumacher. Since the purchase of Pixar in 2006, both studios are run by Iger, Catmull and Lasseter. Any creative differences with Brave are being managed by a completely different team of execs than managed Groove, and the film itself is being made by a completely different animation house than the one that made Groove.

        You can blame Iger for John Carter, but not Catmull or Lasseter, they have nothing to do with live-action production.

  • Bill

    Waking, Sweatbox and Dream On Silly Dreamer as a triple bill. Still waiting for part 4 about the triumphant return of Disney Feature Animation. (Waking Rapunzel?)

    But as interesting as Sweatbox is, I still think New Groove turned out to be a pretty darn funny movie!

    • Milo Thatch

      I think we need a bit more time (and more consistently successful and inspired movies) before I would call anything Disney’s doing these days “triumphant.” Tangled was a turn in the right direction, but Disney can still crash the car in the end.

      Though a proper documentary about the tumultuous years of 2001-2009 would be rather interesting. All that Eisner drama, closing the the FL studio, acquisition of Pixar, the death and somewhat-rebirth of 2D animation…

      • wever

        Unfortunately, The Princess And The Frog didn’t revive Disney as they thought it had. They still have a ways to go.

      • Sarah J

        Agreed. I loved Tangled as well as The Princess and the Frog but I wouldn’t exactly say Disney is entering another golden age just yet. Right now the only studio that is consistently pumping out great animated films is Pixar.

      • Bob

        Sarah, I really, really wish your last sentence was true. But then last year…

    • http://she-thing.blogspot.com Caty

      Ha! “Waking Rapunzel” made me smile. As for Groove, I also believe it’s a hilarious movie. It’s one of my “secret movies I like for laughs and that I actually love” together with Chicken Run, Horton, Madagascar, Osmosis Jones and Irong GIant… and a few others

      • wever

        … We share the same guilty pleasures! :D

      • http://rubikunsreviews.livejournal.com Rubi-kun

        No need for Chicken Run or Iron Giant to be a guilty pleasure; they’re genuinely great. And Iron Giant’s more of a “like for tears” movie than a “like for laughs” one.

        Unless of course you didn’t make a typo and “Irong GIant” is actually a thing that exists. The porn parody, maybe? XD

      • http://she-thing.blogspot.com Caty

        wever- guilty pleasures need more love!!

        Rubi-kun: Irong Giant? I’d say it’s the MAD parody if it was released in the 50′s X) Iron Giant makes me cry, laugh, “aaaaw”…. everything. And yes CR is great… I read somewhere that it was a dissapointment, nothing to do with Wallace and Gromit :’(

    • Matthew Koh

      I think “Freeing Rapunzel” sounded alot better.

      • Brandon

        How about “Barefoot Rapunzel”?

      • http://www.pabloalvarezilustracion.blogspot.com.es/ Pablo

        Unbraiding Rapunzel

    • Bill

      I didn’t really mean Tangled was the triumphant return. Just that I’m waiting FOR that triumphant return.

  • anonymous

    I found waking sleeping beauty to have a bigger impact for me as a viewer. This film just proves the trials and tribulations of what an animated production goes through before it ends up on the big screen. I am sure Pixar and Dreamworks have these uncaptured moments to tell as well.

    • http://ryanrosendal.blogspot.com Ryan

      Yeah, this is nothing like “Waking Sleeping Beauty” or “Dream on Silly Dreamer.” It’s really about the agony and ecstasy of making a movie, animated or otherwise. Trudie Styler just happened to be documenting a film that changed more than most.

      If you look at it from that perspective, it’s an immensely satisfying film and a nice eye-opener for anyone dreaming of directing a major feature film.

      • Bud

        Waking Sleeping Beauty is fine, but not as good as the final version of Sweatbox (and this version, while different, isn’t substantially so).

        Dream On Silly Dreamer is whiney and unfocused. And boring.

  • Adam

    It sounds like they intentionally pitched Peter Schneider’s voice higher, which is understandable.

  • Max

    Hey! Don’t let the snarky cartoonist public see my fur faggotry!

    Seriously though, I just knew that it would end up on Cartoon Brew. Thanks for helping me give it even more attention. :)

  • http://ryanrosendal.blogspot.com Ryan

    It’s funny, all the chaos and madness ultimately produced “The Emperor’s New Groove,” one of the best animated movies of the past 20 years. There’s no way “Groove” ever would have been made had it been pitched through the traditional manner. Only through desperation and uncertainty was something as original as “Groove” able to be produced.

    There’s a lesson in there somewhere.

    • http://comicsradio.blogspot.com Tim DeForest

      Have to agree about that. Seeing “Groove” with my (then) young nephew and his dad is one of my most pleasant movie theater memories. It was a fun and very Tex Avery-like movie. I’ve no doubt the process of creating it was often needlessly painful for those involved, but the end result is definitely worthwhile.

    • Funkybat

      “The Emperor’s New Groove” is the ultimate “turn lemons into lemonade” story. Because of multiple crises and immovable deadlines, the creative team was forced to make something that worked, was “cheap” and could get completed fast. Usually you only get two of those at once at most. (Of course, I don’t know if “Groove’s” final budget included all of the preproduction work done under “Kingdom of the Sun” so “cheap” is not clear-cut.)

      I share the belief that there was/is no chance something so “different” from the Disney mold would have ever been approved, let alone completed, if circumstances hadn’t forced their hand. As it stands, “Groove” is one of the most entertaining Disney Features in the past 20 years (and unlike some of the more “heavy but good” films, it’s eminently re-watchable over and over.) I’d love to see something as light, fun, and sarcastic come out of Disney Features again.

  • e

    great film thanks

  • Toonio

    I’d like to see how the Disney spin doctors manage this one.

    And those who praised, supported and loved Michael Eisner for every stupid and egotistical decision just to destroy Walt’s work have to go for the proverbial foot in the mouth after this documentary expose.

    • Bud

      Hardly. Eisner is an ass, but he brought the Disney Studio into the 20th Century. His ego got in the way and he killed the golden goose eventually.

      But this documentary is NOT an “expose.” It merely shows the creative process. There is not one thing in this documentary that anyone who’s worked on a feature of almost any kind (except the extremely independent kind), and especially at ANY of the bigger studios, doesn’t go through a thousand times a day. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, sometimes inane, sometimes inspired. Kingdom of the Sun was a mess, as was tripe like American Dog. Some films, no matter how much those who know little about the story behind them, just don’t work.

      In other words, this is the norm, not an exception, and certainly not an “expose.”

      • http://littlewolfcomic.com THAT guy

        Well said, Bud. Even Pixar films go through a thousand changes and iterations before settling on a final product. This is how the sausage is made, and it’s not for the faint of heart.

        All of that said, I enjoyed the documentary, and I enjoyed the final product of “Groove”.

  • Lola

    OMG,I’ve been looking for this forever. Copy it before it disappears forever again

  • Conor

    I must have been watching a different film because I didn’t see a story of “bureaucratic incompetence.” What I saw is a movie about having to salvage a film built without a proper understanding of storytelling economy, and thematic consistency.

    If “Kingdom of the Sun” was meant to be a story about (paraphrasing) a humble man teaching an arrogant man to be a better ruler, why weren’t they focusing on the character going through the major thematic arc (the ruler) to begin with? What’s more there just seemed to be too much going on around the edges of the film, to the point that it would cease to really be “about” anything.

    Yes, it sucks when talented artists have their work discarded, but the key goal in animation ultimately has to be storytelling. To that end, I’d have to agree with the call to start fresh.

    • yevlar

      I fully agree. The original story seems like it had way too much going on and no real focus. It probably would’ve been a mess if “Kingdom” made it to theatres unchanged.

      I’m happy they made changes. “Emperor’s New Groove” was a smart, fun little film.

    • Azz

      100%!

      I listened to the descriptions of the story and had no idea what was going on. There was so much to it. It serves as a great example of being able to say when something isn’t working and trying harder to make it click.

      so glad that they went through that to make one of the funniest Disney animated features. They really need to more in this vein.

    • jordan reichek

      I agree too.

      Firstly, I cannot see why this film is considered to be so explosive by Disney (or at least the previous management there). No one person comes off like a maniac nor the does Disney studio seem like penitentiary.

      Certainly didn’t come off as an expose’.

      Also, it’s always nice to see good ol’ Roy Disney trying fend off the ‘Disneyfication’ cliche…most of the feature studios can be considered guilty of that.

      The film’s creative team was given a load of leeway. A lot more than I would’ve guessed. I’m sure there’s a lot that we’re not seeing as I have several friends who lived the hell day to day on ‘Kingdom’.

      Overall, the film reveals an inherent flaw that I feel most of the major studios suffer from.

      No script…or at least a proper animation script.

      Honestly, from my experience, a lot of this trauma could’ve and can be avoided by simply writing a script. Even a loose script.

      I VERY MUCH BELIEVE THAT SCRIPT SHOULD BE WRITTEN BY THE VISUALLY CREATIVE LEADS OF THE FILM AND NOT SIMPLY BY A WELL CREDITED LIVE ACTION WRITER.

      The torture of the feature animation process for me is this ‘build up and tear down’ system of storytelling…at least for the types of generalized linear commercial storytelling that the major studios produce.

      I’m an artist who is extremely visual, yet I don’t like wasting drawing-energy on stuff that I know is going to be tossed out. This “earth-shattering” first screening shouldn’t have been a surprise to either the art team or the execs. A well thought out, written basic story should be agreed upon WAAAAYYY before an artistic team starts to dig in.

      On some films I worked on, it felt as if we were picking out the furniture and painting the walls of a skyscraper without a blueprint, hammering foundational girders as we went.

      It’s ok I guess if you’re building the Winchester Mystery House, but shit, it’s painful when a lot of good work gets flushed for no reason.

      A good portion of these budgets went to two years of meandering, only to work twice as fast doing story triage at the end.

      I think that’s why Roger and his team were so heartbroken and I don’t get the impression Schumacher and Schneider enjoyed ripping their guts out.

      No scripts can be great way to go in shorts or short form TV, but huge budgeted features? Yipes!

      Anyhow, thanks for posting it.

  • Purin

    Singing and dancing Yzma made my DAY. Oooh, I wish I could just go through and admire that animation.

    The Emperor’s New Groove turned out to loads of fun, but I really wish it wasn’t the surprisingly good movie in the middle a dreary time for Disney.

    • Mike

      This film came out right around the time of Mulan and Hercules, and a year or two before Lilo and Stitch–while none have the clout of the early-90′s Disney films, I’d say they’re all great in their own right. No, seems like the dreary time was the, oh, seven or eight years afterward. Home on the Range, anyone?

      • Funkybat

        Lilo & Stitch kind of happened in it’s own microcosm, the whole attitude and spirit of the Florida studio was different than the Burbank studio at the time. Mulan was another product of the Florida studio. Burbank was in the middle of making films like Hercules, Atlantis, and “Kingdom/Groove.” Aside from “Groove,” almost all of the best films to come out if Disney at the turn of the millennium were done primarily in FL.

      • Purin

        That’s true. Then again, some of those movies, while not bad, were movies that had fantastic parts but just didn’t come together as a whole in my opinion (something that plagued Kingdom of the Sun apparently had, if this is to be believed). I think maybe in hindsight I’m compressing time.

        And this is the time that the cheapquels were really getting underway. No, that’s not feature animation, but it really made things rather…. eeehhh….
        (And 2000 is also when Disney Princess, as a definite franchise and image started, too. Also no feature animation but….).

  • Jorge Garrido

    It’a amazing how well Sting comes off in this thing. Well, maybe amazing isn’t the right word, there’s not reason to really think he’s not a nice guy, but he really is a patient saint in this thing.

    • Bud

      When you get paid a thousand times more than any of the artists sweating 5 years on an animated feature for working 1/100 of the time–all the while getting your ass kissed every step of the way–what’s not to enjoy? Sting’s a fine musician, but his songs for this film are mediocre at best.

      • http://chuckrekow.blogspot.com/ Chuck R.

        Yes, Sting does come off smelling like a rose.
        It could his professionalism, or it could be the pay, but don’t discount the fact that his significant other is shooting and editing the film.

        (I thought the Incan-inspired music in the beginning was terrific.)

  • Tak

    Yay Animation related Documentaries!
    Generally they’re often better than a lot of the animated films themselves!

  • Talita Fukumoto

    Bring them all back and get rid of Lasseter, please.

  • Tak

    Ha ha ha, Sting is the only artist giving his true opinions in the whole damn picture.

    • Bud

      That’s because:

      A) He’s got nothing to lose.

      and

      B) His wife made this documentary to make him come off well.

      • simon

        I seem to remember in the final cut I saw years ago, Sting was more portrayed as a guy whining about all the changes as he sat in these beautiful and exotic settings. I admired Trudi Styler for not hero-izing her husband in the documentary, so it seemed like no one was perfect. This cut portrays Sting as the more level-headed person caught up in a big studio film.

      • Tak

        What a sad world we live in where giving ones true opinions about something, hopefully openly & honestly without malice, means that you fear you might have something to lose.

        I think it begins with a J _ _ …

      • WHAT?

        Tak
        When you say “I think it begins with a J _ _” What do you mean? Just trying to get a handle on what you think and are saying?

      • Tak

        Well I’ll sell you the O & the B just to be a good sport. I guess you’ve never played HangMan before.

  • 8bit

    I’m saying this completely respectfully, but am I the only one who feels like half the production crew is gay? Not that it’s a good or bad thing, it’s just an observation. Did Disney have affirmative action for homosexuals? I feel bad for asking this, but it’s a genuine question without any malice behind it.

    • wever

      Animation has always been dominated by males. Sad fact.

    • andreas Wessel-Therhorn

      Since many production people came from a theatre background, there was a high percentage of gay production people. As for animators, we were ,and still are, few and far between

  • Frank Ziegler

    Why oh why did they let production go so far without a clear, finished script and storyboards? It looked like they were making it up as they went along and then for Schnieder and Schumacher to critique it after the fact ! Come on man. I’ve never seen or heard of anything like that. I thought you were supposed to work out all the bugs before any actual animation was shot.

    • http://kandjcomic.com/ John S

      Really? That NEVER happens.

      • JorgeGarrido

        Why the hell not? Robert Evans always said “if it’s not on the page, it’s not going to be on the screen.”

        I understand animation filmmaking is a collaborative process of constant renewal and revision, but shouldn’t that process be finished by the storyboard stage and before animation and voices start being recorded? It just kind of seems like otherwise you’d be needlessly flying by the seat of your pants.

  • watch my lips close moving in slow motion

    the business will never miss peter schneider and don hahn.

    • http://kandjcomic.com/ John S

      Peter, maybe..but Don Hahn is a great producer. The mere fact that you have anything negative to say about him means that you probably never worked with him.
      Have you worked with Don? In what capacity? Give me a reason why you think the business will “never miss Don Hahn”, the guy who happened to be a producer on Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King. Go on. Tell me.

      • watch my lips close moving in slow motion

        yes i did and i was not very impressed by the person by all means he was just a yes man, inexistant to federate artists…
        first time i met the guy i tought he was diney’s janitor.( got nothing against janitors… )
        on ROGER RABBIT he was an associate producer and already some of the crew working on the project use to call him the human sleeping bag. it’s a good strategie to stick to your job espescially when you’re not providing any art work. but i’ ve got to admit he’s not an unpleasant person and regarding the 2 other consumer product animated features well… glad to understand you liked them.
        In other words and on my end it’s hard to find these days a genuine honest soul in the business .

      • Beth

        I don’t quite understand what you mean, watch my lips. Are you saying that if you’re not adding a drawing to the process then you shouldn’t be allowed to collaborate on it? Your point of view shouldn’t count?

      • watch my lips close moving in slow motion

        Of course not,but if you can’t federate artists with strong creative ideas means that you don’t have any strong original over all view of the project and if you compromise too much for whoevers sake you become transparent but you’ ll keep your job at Disney and you’ll become a phoney nice guy like Don.
        Good artists will almost phantasize about the idea of workings for a ballzy producer who puts his ass on the line ( a producer who question himself artistically would already be something)
        Don Hahn is just not one them and that’s why in a way him and some others on top of him killed the 2D bussiness at disney’s and not only because of the raising of new CGI technologie

      • http://kandjcomic.com/ John S

        Everyone is entitled to their opinion, even if it’s wrong, “lips”, and you are dead wrong. I worked with Don for many years and he’s anything but phoney and he put his ass on the line on many occasions. You’re talking out of your ass. I know your kind well. You are the bitter barnacle that complains about everything no matter how good or bad things are. Your type expends energy complaining instead of forging ahead and offering solutions. Then, you smear people like Don who are good at what they do and have a positive attitude. People you are a waste of time and space.

      • watch my lips close moving in slow motion

        john s,i’m glad to hear that you had a good time working with Mr Hahn (it could be almost reassuring) but read between the lines of what i’ve wrote) i’m just pointing the fact that most of the latest disney 2D features are artisticlly a “waste of time and space” in moderm time i’m not complainig but i’m just observing – like Sting says freely in the documentary that he had the impression to work on a “burger movie” (one jolly good reason why i’ m happy not to work for disney’s poor mindless little class system because it’s just alienating) so who is to be blamed?

  • Mike Johnson

    Nice documentary. Mark Dindal made two of my favorite films, which are Emperor’s New Groove and the poorly marketed Cats Don’t Dance (Chicken Little was pretty funny too) so congrats to him on a job well done.

  • George

    Whoa! That World of Darkness sequence is killer.

    • Chipster92

      The full song is titled “Snuff Out The Light” and is featured on the The Emperor’s New Groove soundtrack CD along with two of the other deleted Kingdom of the Sun songs, “Walk the Llama Llama”, and “One Day She’ll Love Me(the love song).

      I’ve always wanted to see what the artists and animators had planned out for these sequences when I first heard them on the CD all those years ago, and finally getting to see even snippets of that, kind of wets my appetite to see more of what the film would have been like, flaws and all. This isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy “New Groove”, I did, but I’ve always been interested in deleted, abandoned, and discarded material of films, both animated and live-action.

      This is obviously a pipe dream, but maybe if Disney decides to grow some balls and officially release this documentary(sans F-bombs), possibly as a special feature on a Blu-ray edition of “New Groove” along with some more of that deleted animation, they could finally show the public that they are willing to show us their vulnerable side, and actually acknowledge any failed productions that happened in the past instead of just locking away any evidence of them existing in vaults and archives.

      This is honestly a better behind the scenes documentary than almost ANY of the ones that have been on official Disney animated DVD/Blu-Ray releases thus far. Shame it took so long for it to get out.

      • wever

        On the DVD, the behind-the-scenes featurette only contained vastly cut down edits of some of the interviews included in The Sweatbox, of course, to give the illusion everyone was fine and dandy with it.

  • Brad Constantine

    Very well done. Props to Trudy Styler for a very coherent piece of film. She really went out of her way to include the whole process, good and bad. I only wish they had left Ertha’s lines in the opening song. I thought she really tore it up. Sting was right about the waterslide. Good for him for having the balls to tell them so.Thanks fer sharing!!

  • DonaldC

    All things considered, what it turned into was pretty entertaining.

  • Jm Walter

    yet EMPEROR’S remains one of the best Disney films of the decade, even tho it should have Porky Pig n the closing credits…if you know what I mean…

    But hey there’s.Finally a “Making of ” worthy of including in the next BluRay special edition of EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE.

  • Kevin

    Jeez, no wonder why Disney didn’t release this. I mean, Sting swears up a friggin’ STORM!

  • Shpickle

    I had the privilege of seeing a rough animatic with even some clean to coloured shots of “Kingdom of the Sun” at film school. Even at the early stage, it was clear that it was a more serious/traditional Disney fairy tale story. It had it’s merits, but I’m glad they scrapped it for the film that we have today. It’s much more enjoyable & funny & one of my favourite comedies ever.

    It would be interesting to see that rough animatic pop up online at some point.

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  • http://www.ryanmcculloch.com Ryan McCulloch

    I’m sure when this was first made, and ‘Emperor’ was a Box Office FLOP, the studio execs and their notes looked pretty stupid and excessive.

    Now that the film is beloved cult hit, they come across as very wise and discerning.

    I’ve always heard such nasty things about Peter Schneider and Tom Schumacher, but I thought they looked like the only people in this film with their heads on straight. It’s very interesting what time can do to perspective.

  • http://www.ailhadoceu.com.br Céu D’Ellia

    Watching it I can understand better why Schneider is also a world champion bridge player.
    I also learned that is one hundred thousand times more cool to be Sting than to work with animation.

  • Claudia

    “You’ll cringe in sympathy with the Disney artists as you see the gross bureaucratic incompetence they had to endure while working at the studio in the 1990s.”

    While I’m sure dealing with executives in any movie, not just animated ones, can be sometimes difficult, I didn’t see any hard feelings in this film. I was afraid that there was going to be some bias in here, but it actually shows the process as it was, difficult and messy, but at the same time showed how everybody involved was commited in doing the best work possible. Nobody seemed angry, disappointed yes, but not angry, they’re professionals, they’ve done this before and they’ll keep doing it as long as they can, and if anything this documentary shows that they took everything with maturity and professionalism.

  • Mister Twister

    If Disney does not want me to see this, then I shall DEFINITELY see it!

    I see what you did there, attracting my attention and such.

  • Max

    Well, it got deleted.

  • Mister Twister

    If ANYONE downloaded the video, please share somehow!

    • Cayo

      Did you ever get a copy of SWEATBOX? I can’t find it anywhere! No DVD, no links….Disney is amazing when it doesn’t want the publicto see something!

  • Dr. Truth

    the video got deleted from youtube. You can torrent download the movie from “demoniod.me”. Search “The Sweatbox” on demoniod.

    • Mister Twister

      Words cannot describe how awesome you are.

    • Tim

      Thanks Doc, now watching the mysterious documentary.

  • http://mitchellsketch.blogspot.com Brian Mitchell

    This documentary is quite good; very entertaining and well edited. Interesting that one person with a singular vision could make such a film…without a commitee.
    We will never truly know how good or great a movie like Kingdom Of The Sun could have been, the clips here are far too brief to get a strong idea of the plotline.
    What I find interesting is that Disney greenlit this movie on the pitch and I’m sure that the movie wasn’t put in production on some vague story idea. My guess is that somewhere along the way, the story got complicated; probably by some ‘creative executives’ adding some ‘brilliant’ ideas of their own that the artists were forced to work with.
    Then when everything is worked into the plot and things start to go to hell, the creative executives step back in to offer their sage advice…’This isn’t working’.
    Well, Of course it isn’t working!!! It isn’t working because the you compromised the vision of the film.
    The story just didn’t go bad….you made it go bad!

    Just for the record, I liked The Emperors New Groove, but in this instance, Dindal had a limited amount of time to deliver ‘his’ movie and was allowed to plow through the material, which probably gave him more creative freedom to do what he wanted without a whole lot of ‘creative’ interference.

  • http://www.johnbludwick.com John B. Ludwick

    It’s clear that Disney animation isn’t expensive – executive interference is, and has no doubt caused the resignation of Glen Keane.

  • ChrisHerself

    After seeing what happened to Richard Williams’ opus when Disney got its hands on it, this all sounds par for the course. Downloading now since the YT has already been deleted. Can’t wait to watch.

    • Jeffrey Gray

      Disney had absolutely nothing to do with the massacre of “The Thief and the Cobbler.” Bette Smith, Jake Eberts, and Bob and Harvey Weinstein are the true culprits.

  • andreas Wessel-Therhorn

    The completion bond company finished the thief and the cobbler,not disney. miramax just distributed the bastardized version.

  • Jorgen Klubien

    Oh they were gay allright!

  • http://frenziedmind.com Mark

    MISSED IT! :(

  • MissConception

    Thanks to my roommate, I managed to see it before it was taken down. And I have to say I am disappointed that it was not as scandalous as people were making it seem. All I saw was the animation process at work. Sure, the jump from “Kingdom of the Sun” and “Emperor’s New Groove” was pretty severe, but everyone seemed to handle it with dignity and professionalism. I suppose to someone outside of the industry, a look into Disney’s dirty work might be a little jarring, but every studio goes through these issues at one point or another.

    I think the only downside to the documentary was that it was far too Sting heavy. And in that regard, Sting was really the only one acting like a prima donna. Not my cup of tea.

  • Keegan

    Will someone else upload it already.

  • Thorney

    As Keegan noted, it’d be great if someone could upload this sucker onto Mediafire or any of the other file-sharing sites. The doco is out there on people’s hard drives. If someone can make it more widespread, it’ll be out there permanently and we can all get to see it. I’d love to watch it.

  • wever

    Someone reuploaded it to Vimeo.

    https://vimeo.com/39111006

    • Francesco

      Thank you!!!!!!

  • Tim

    Torrent from Demonoid.me – 1.46Gb coming down at 1.8 MB/s there must be a shitload of seeders. I giant F U to Disney. Once something is on the net, its unstoppable.

  • chris

    http://www.veoh.com/watch/v29905369tshpEhc9 here’s another host for the doc that I found!

    • Victor Kong

      Ironic, considering Eisner’s on Veoh’s board.

  • http://www.leonanimationstudio.com Reynaldo

    After 25 minutes into the documental, the original movie they were making didn’t seemed so bad.

  • anonymous

    off topic, but I’m wondering if the internet has grown to the point where this will never be shoved back in the box. Even a power as large as Disney may not be able to chase down all the versions that will continue to pop up on youtube etc. And what does that mean, a much heavier hand with the potential for this kind of thing getting made? a revelation and change of the way things are done so there is no danger if something like this gets made? Curious to see where this ever expanding internet media future leads us.

  • http://totald.blogspot.com/ Darlie

    Can any of my pals here send it to me. I’s love to see it.

  • Arlen

    You can still find the working print at http://vimeo.com/39111006
    Watch it before the Disney nazis find it and make them take it down!!

  • Pedro Nakama

    I saw this film years ago and was left with 2 opinions…

    1) Disney Animation is its own worst enemy.
    2) I want to be Sting.

  • Isabella

    I would be so grateful if someone could send the video to me!
    [email protected]
    I love Disney, but as perfect as their reputation might seem they like everyone has faults and their history like ours is not always clean, dandy, flowers and smiles which is fine by me why should it be perfect? Anyways they should acknowledge this rough patch in their history and learn from it rather than try and obliviate it from the history books…

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  • Jordan Olling

    It’s gone!