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Waking Sleeping Beauty on DVD

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The documentary sharing the behind-the-scenes stories of the Disney Renaissance was released on DVD yesterday.  Just prior to Waking Sleeping Beauty‘s theatrical release we sat down with the documentary’s directors/producers Don Hahn and Peter Schneider for a podcast.  It’s great supplemental material to the documentary.

So if you haven’t seen the film head on over to amazon and pick up a copy, then have another listen to the podcast.

To refresh your memory and inspire you to pick up the DVD here is the trailer:

The DVD has plenty of additional material including several deleted scenes with Howard Ashman that should be really cool.  There’s also plenty of previously unreleased personal video footage from animator Randy Cartwright documenting the studio during the Renaissance, and additional interview footage from Jeffery Katzenberg and Roy Disney, among others.

Podcast: Waking Sleeping Beauty

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Don Hahn & Peter Schneider

The Disney Renaissance from 1984-1994 produced some of the most captivating and inspirational animated films of all time. The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King, to name a few.

Don Hahn (producer of countless Disney Films) and Peter Schneider (former President/Chairman of Walt Disney Feature Animation) sat down with us to talk about the famous Disney era and their documentary, Waking Sleeping Beauty, which chronicles the studio’s rise back to the top.

We talked with them about artists, executives, studio culture, power struggles, and of course, filmmaking!

You can learn more about their documentary here:

And listen to the podcast here:


Waking Sleeping Beauty Podcast Promo Video

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Here is the promo video for our upcoming podcast with Don Hahn and Peter Schneider about the Disney Renaissance and their documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty.  Have a look:

Waking Sleeping Beauty

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The kind people of Waking Sleeping Beauty asked us if we could help get the word out on their film and its up coming release date.   We’re all very interested in seeing this film.  Stay tuned for more information!

After a successful festival debut, Waking Sleeping Beauty will begin its theatrical run with limited releases in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco on March 26, 2010.  Directed by Don Hahn and produced by Peter Schneider and Don Hahn, Waking Sleeping Beauty was an Official Selection at the 2009 Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and winner of the Audience Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.  Waking Sleeping Beauty is no fairy tale, as it chronicles the time from 1984 to 1994, when a perfect storm of people and circumstances changed the face of animation forever. It is a story of clashing egos, out-of-control budgets, escalating tensions… and one of the most extraordinary creative periods in animation history.

In New York, the film will open at the Landmark Sunshine.
In Los Angeles, the film will open on two screens, at the AMC Century City and AMC Burbank.
In Chicago, the film will open at the AMC River East,
and in San Francisco at the Landmark Embarcadero—all on March 26, 2010.

Director Don Hahn (producer of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King) and producer Peter Schneider (former chairman of the studio), 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 10 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 leadership 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 Steven Spielberg, Richard Williams, John Lasseter and Tim Burton, Waking Sleeping Beauty shines a light on Disney animation’s darkest hours, greatest joys and its improbable renaissance.

Waking Sleeping Beauty is a Stone Circle Pictures/Red Shoes Production.

Running time: 86 minutes
Rating: PG

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