Waking Sleeping Beauty opens Friday

Don Hahn’s documentary on the renaissance of Disney animation in the 1990s, Waking Sleeping Beauty, opens Friday in New York and Los Angeles. It’s fast paced, entertaining film that is, no matter how you feel about Disney, pretty much a must-see for readers of Cartoon Brew.

Don Hahn will make Q&A appearances in L.A. after the following showings this weekend:

Friday, March 26 — Q&A following the 7:45pm showing at AMC Century City

Saturday, Marcy 27 — Q&A following 1210p-150p show at the AMC Burbank 16, 125 East Palm Ave
Saturday, March 27 — Q&A following 7:55-9:35p show at the AMC Burbank 16, 125 East Palm Ave

Peter Schneider will make Q&A appearances this weekend in NYC after the following showings at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas on Houston Street:

Friday, March 26 — Q&A following the 5pm and 7:15pm showings.
Saturday, Marcy 27 — Q&A following the 12 noon, 2:30pm, 5pm and 7:15pm showings.
Saturday, March 27 — Q&A following the 12 noon, 2:30pm and 5pm showings.

Here’s an exclusive clip:


  • Kyle Maloney

    I wonder if this will eventually make it on demand ala the Pixar Story. that’s probably the only way I’ll be able to catch this.

  • http://www.spiteyourface.com Tony Mines

    I’m looking forward to this film, and the archive footage is great fun, but I can’t imagine i’ll agree with any aspect of how it positions the story. It seems to tow the standard animator-think line about Disney history, as propagated by all the coffee table books and industry sites.
    I look forward to being surprised.

  • http://www.daryl-rhystaylor.blogspot.com DarylT

    I hope it comes to London

  • http://www.cartoonsaloon.ie tomm

    I saw this at MOMA in New York. I was surprised how honest it seemed to be.

  • http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=052C631F61EE2838 Iain

    I’m hoping it comes to Canada

  • Austin Papageorge

    I live about an hour away from any major metropolitan areas, so I hope this film gets released on DVD.

    Or better yet, that it also comes to a theater near me!

    I love how they threw paper balls at Mark Henn. I take it that was during the filming of the Lion King mini-documentary. I wonder how they got away with wasting film like that.

  • Nicole

    Sooo excited to see this I heard nothing but great things … Hahn also just did an interview with The AV Club great read for the lunch hour.

    http://www.avclub.com/articles/producer-and-disney-animation-wars-veteran-don-hah,39516/2/

  • http://richbailey.blogspot.com/ Richard

    Hopefully we get to see this in Oz too

  • http://www.leonardomaciel.com Leonardo Maciel

    That`s one of those movies that I`m dying to see, but I`m never gonna to, because there`s no chance that it comes to Brazil!

  • Mike Johnson

    I also don’t live anywhere near where this is likely to be shown. I hope a DVD release will follow (just as I’d LOVE to see one for the other Disney documentary, “The Boys: The Sherman Brother’s Story”) since this is essential viewing for someone like me who loves animation.

  • http://jgchan.blogspot.com/ Jerry Chan

    I happened to bumble into a screening and Q&A session last week at the MOMA and this film has pretty much changed my views on Katzenberg, Eisner, and Roy Disney– it was a very well written, thoughtful, and insightful film (I even got Don Hahn and Peter Schneider’s autographs!)

    …Then again I was just starting elementary school by the time the Lion King premiered, so it’s not like I had any previous knowledge of the inside happenings (or outside happenings) at Disney

    As far as its content goes, it’s surprisingly frank and honest. I don’t feel like any of the punches aimed at Katzenberg or Eisner were pulled, and at the same time they were also brutally honest about themselves, their fears, and their shortcomings (anyone with firsthand knowledge should correct me on that though)

  • Lara Smith

    There are quite a few animation fans in Chicago, Columbus, Cincinnati and Louisville who would love to support a wide release or DVD!

  • David Breneman

    I looked at the show dates and locations for this film, and if you’re not in LA. San Francisco, Chicago or New York you’re out of luck.

  • Stephanie

    I saw this yesterday in the Paramount as an Emerson event and it was AMAZING! My friend (and I nearly) cried three times from the absolute honesty, passion, awe-inspiring moments this film provides. So much conflict and friction and yet every person in each of the films made from 1984-1994 was so determined to just make great art. Goodness, it was something to see. Just beautiful.

  • Sam Sleiman

    Looks great!

  • http://www.emergencystoppingonly.com Chris Berdoz

    Saw this just a few hours ago. I was impressed by some of it. It’s a good document to watch about Disney, very informative. Interesting to hear about some sad and happy moments in the lives of some of these key players, and I learned quite a lot.

    It left me wanting more, honestly. I don’t mean that in a good way. I mean that in a ‘why didn’t they explain further’ quite a few of the aspects. Also, the film seems to jump around people, places, and ideas in a not so orderly fashion. I constantly thought throughout that ideas seem unfinished then they’d move to something new. I could go on, but I don’t want to revisit the film to be honest.

    Basically I want to say this was good for any animation buff to watch. But if you are a passive fan or not really into the biz I know it wouldn’t be interesting at all, as opposed to that Pixar documentary which I believe has much more general appeal. I could swear I saw some of the same footage in this moive as in the Pixar documentary (saw that when it was released and it was *considerably* a better movie – by far).

    Schneider came out afterwards and the Q&A session, his stories, etc, were quite amusing and it was worth staying. But the fact that his explaining parts of the movie and subsequently completed the experience (and unanswered questions) for me is not good because he can’t come to every single showing of this movie when it tours the US or wherever it goes.

    I don’t feel gypped out of the movie ticket cost at all, it was worth it. Just not the greatest documentary experience I’ve ever seen.

  • http://drunkduck.com/anecdote Marbles

    Chris:

    I agree. I enjoyed it a lot but it left me wanting WAY more. I wished they had gone into more detail about everything everything they covered. Everything they revealed just led to more curiousity. If the movie had been three times as long as it was, I could have sat through it without flinching, but I suppose it would have been beyond unmarketable.
    I especially wished we could have had more material straight from the animators’ various points of view. I don’t know if it was the narrative decision to not use “current” interview footage that prevented this, or simply a lack of much old material to work with in the first place, but it was a perspective that I thought could have been greatly expanded upon.

    I don’t know if you were at the same screening I was, but if so—-I found it odd that when that girl in the audience raised the “lack of women artists” question, Schneider would have neglected to mention the few prominent women in Disney’s old days completely, had I not interjected. I hate “correcting” people—especially when I’m just some punk who didn’t even work at the place!—but I didn’t want that girl to think there had been NO women in creative positions during Walt’s time.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FPuqjjWDG8 ear vomit

    I look forward to seeing this, probably on DVD because I live in the cultural wasteland that is Brisbane Australia (sure it’s one of the major cities but so much doesn’t get here) anyway I kinda wonder if this is going to be the Disney friendly version of Dream On Silly Dreamer. I hope that the link to the you tube trailer can be seen if not

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FPuqjjWDG8