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"Waking Sleeping Beauty" to Screen at Annecy Fest on June 8, 2010

by on June 1, 2010

The documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty will screen in Europe for the first time at the Annecy International Animation Festival on June 8, 2010, in the Bonlieu Petite Salle, at 2:00 PM. The movie will be introduced by its director, Disney’s Don Hahn, who will also host a panel after the screening with guests Ron Clements and John Musker (directors of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Princess and the Frog). A second screening will also take place on Friday, June 11, at 2:00 PM in Decavision 1.

Read Toonzone News’ review of the movie here.

The full press release follows:


On the heels of a successful run in select U.S. theaters, as well as an illustrious showing at American film festivals, Waking Sleeping Beauty will screen for the first time in Europe at the Annecy International Animation Festival, as part of the festival’s Official Selection, at 2:00pm on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 in the Bonlieu Petite Salle.

Waking Sleeping Beauty director Don Hahn (who also produced Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King) will introduce the animation documentary. Immediately following the screening, Don will host a panel discussion and will be joined by special guests, Ron Clements and John Musker (directors of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog) who play key roles in the film. A second screening will take place at the festival on Friday, June 11th at 2:00pm in Decavision 1.

The film will continue to play at select European festivals and is due for DVD release through Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment during the 2010 holiday period.

During its U.S. run, the film played theatrically in select theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. Directed by Don Hahn and produced by Peter Schneider and 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.

Director Hahn and producer Peter Schneider (former chairman of The Walt Disney Studios), key players at Walt Disney Studios feature animation department during the mid-1980s, 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
U.S. MPAA Rating: PG

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