Posted by: Jie Yi See | February 26, 2010

Review: ‘Waking Sleeping Beauty’

Shared by Jeneva Pace Powell who is planning to watch 12 movies for this True/False film festival. The Missourian is featuring reader contributions all weekend. If you’d like to submit your photos, stories or reviews, send them to

Waking Sleeping Beauty” is about Walt Disney Co., Disney’s legacy, and ultimately- how animation evolved over the years, how 3 or 4 key execs rescued the company, the in-fighting, the egos…

Yet, at the core- a very evident love for its leaders, the creatives & peers, the belief in their product, the tradition, the vision, that brought the company back to the top with their 90’s blockbusters.

What I loved most was the informal sketches that were drawn by fed-up creatives on staff to poke fun of their new bosses who were brought in to resuscitate the company. These sketches were overly exaggerated editorials of their disapproval and was very entertaining. An excellent movie & well done… but what less would you expect from a former Disney executive, with 18 years in the industry, as the director of the movie?

What was really impressive was that the city of Marceline, which sponsored this screening had several folks in the audience who clearly recognized folks in old-timey pictures. That personal connection is, I find to be, one of the many anticipated and wonderful moments of the festival.

Other timings for the movie:
Saturday, Feb. 27 / 10:00AM / Missouri Theatre
Sunday, Feb. 28 / 12:30PM / Forrest Theater

Download the movie’s trailer on your iPod at the iTunes store.


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