Waking Sleeping Beauty Reviews

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November 24, 2011
October 1, 2010
More Belle, more Ariel, more Simba -- and less of Eisner and Co. -- would have made a more interesting movie.
August 6, 2010
It's a not-so-great movie about some great movies.
April 6, 2010
A few too many industry asides, but filled with behind-the-scenes moments.
March 26, 2010
Sly retrospective exercise in corporate self-congratulation masquerading as an insider's tell-all.
March 26, 2010
Even in its sanitized state, this movie about the generational revolt that reinvigorated Disney's animation department in the 1980s and '90s is fascinating
January 11, 2018
Waking Sleeping Beauty was clearly a cathartic project for its creators, but the level of anecdotal detail ("Then we went out for margaritas!") comes off as self-indulgent at first and eventually just dull.
September 29, 2011
An intriguing yet uneven documentary...
January 7, 2011
Carries the mystique of Walt Disney, whose animated features can be regarded as a genetic line with ups and downs as compellingly dramatic as the history of royal families.
November 27, 2010
Combining honest commentary with archival footage, Waking Sleeping Beauty offers a refreshing look at a side large companies often steer clear of.
October 8, 2010
[Director Don Hahn's] interviews are used as voice-over to a lively mix of Disney film clips, behind-the-scenes footage and rare home movies taken by Disney staffers.
October 7, 2010
Featuring interviews with such luminaries as Tim Burton, John Lasseter, Don Bluth, Michael Eisner, the late Howard Ashman, the irascible Roy Disney and others, the film is a self-congratulatory dud.
October 1, 2010
A subpar movie about exceptional ones, and you won't really care who was responsible.
September 3, 2010
It's not one of those documentaries whose appeal stretches beyond people who are already interested in the subject, but animation buffs will eat it up.
August 26, 2010
[It] may not be thrilling, riveting viewing for some, but for animation fans, and for aficionados of Disney, the movie is must-see.
August 26, 2010
Instead, it's a fascinating look at how a group of talented, flawed individuals managed to pull together for a while and make some beautiful and lasting films. There's something kind of magical about that, too.
June 17, 2010
May 21, 2010
Waking Sleeping Beauty will matter only to those who grew up on Walt Disney's animated films. In other words, all of us.
April 29, 2010
Feature animation had an explosively great year in 2009, so it's startling to be reminded in Waking Sleeping Beauty that it was all but dead 20 years ago.
April 16, 2010
It's a must-see for any Disney purist, but is also an emotive, stunningly valuable documentary in its own right.
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