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"That period was very good and very hard for disney dvd," Ron Clements, a director and writer of "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin," said after the screening. "It was stressful, but it was a very fun period."
"Waking Sleeping Beauty" doesn't paint over the conflicts that not only were inevitable in Disney's resurgence but also were an outcome of the turnaround itself, as the studio's most senior executives (Jeffrey Katzenberg, Michael Eisner, Roy E. Disney) squabbled over who deserved credit for the renaissance.
"We were hyper aware of not making a puff piece," Hahn said in an interview.
"Waking Sleeping Beauty" tracks two parallel plots. The first and most central to the documentary is how low Disney's animation division had fallen in the years leading to the 1980s -- "given up for dead," the movie states -- and what it took to restore the division to its former brilliance. The second story line follows the studio managers determined to bring the unit back and how their infighting ultimately split Disney apart.
The documentary opens with the 1994 premiere of "The Lion King," which would go on to gross more than $780 million worldwide and make vastly more money as a Broadway musical. "To an outsider, it looked like a perfect world," Hahn says in the film's narration. "But backstage, the tension had reached a peak."
The movie then takes audiences behind the Disney curtain.