Trailer Talk: ‘Waking Sleeping Beauty’


Most of us associate Disney movies with the fondness of our childhood. The first movie I ever saw in a movie theater was “Aladdin” and my grandmother had almost every Disney movie on VHS for us whenever we spent the weekend at her house. It seemed like Disney could do no wrong when it came to making animated films.

However, the documentary “Waking Sleeping Beauty” tells a different story. Disney was not always the successful company we come to associate it with today. One weekend, a “Care Bears” movie actually beat out a Disney movie at the box office. The animators lost their workplace and the end seemed imminent for the Disney animation department. As a result, the animators worked harder to create the movies that many grew up with.

The trailer below shows the animators over time and the studios they work in. At one point, an animator shows over 100 hand-drawn cartoons from the day which are being tossed. The trailer also shows clips from various Disney films and the process which they are created.

Overall, “Waking Sleeping Beauty” is a story of how close our childhoods came to being without some of the greatest animated films of all time.

“Waking Sleeping Beauty” is currently playing at the Museum of Modern Arts in New York and will have a wider release March 26.

Source: Trailer Addict

. . .

Follow Allison Higginbotham on Twitter at

2 Comments Add Yours ↓

  1. Dani #

    Nice — I would watch this.

  2. Cam Smith #

    I’m dying to see this! I’m a huge Disney animation junkie.