Waking Sleeping Beauty Synopsis
The history of Disney animation.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The most fascinating scenes in Waking Sleeping Beauty involve the infamous Disney work ethic. Friends of mine at the studio said the...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The joy of cartoons meets the agony of office politics in this fascinating, inside- Hollywood-baseball documentary.
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75

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
Vividly captures a period of movie history. It’s just that the period seems less vital -- sleepier, if you will -- than it once did.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A fascinating, albeit self-congratulatory, account of how Disney's fabled animation department was reenergized and reimagined between 1984...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The movie turns from good to great as the layers are peeled away and director Hahn provides an insider's look at the creative epicenter of...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

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Surprisingly hard-hitting and revealing. The topic is a bit specialized to draw a wide audience, but those who see the movie will...
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63

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Doesn't have as much behind-the-scenes juice as you'd hope.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It could have delved a little deeper to keep us wide-eyed and engaged.
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60

Time Out New York

By David Fear
The film’s tendency to wax sentimental occasionally undermines its authority, but you won’t find better behind-the-scenes looks at the...
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Watch for a cameo by young animator Tim Burton.
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Rated PG | For some thematic elements and brief mild language