“WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY”
Dir.: Don Hahn, 86 min.
It’s a well-documented fact that Disney went through a bit of a slump in quality in the late ’80s. “Oliver & Company,” remember? “The Black Cauldron,” which was beat at the box-office by “The Care Bear Movie,” is certainly no exception. “Waking Sleeping Beauty” is about, well, Disney getting its ass back in gear to make “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and its early ’90s classics. The documentary uses home videos and archival interviews to document executive tensions in the boardrooms and the physical and emotional exhaustion in the art studios, it’s a fascinatingly (sometime unsettlingly) intimate, rare peek behind a tense era in America’s most familiar institution. Call it a “Hearts of Darkness” with Francis Ford in red shorts and mouse ears. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a young Tim Burton, whose jowly, but boyish, face had to have been the inspiration for Max in “A Goofy Movie.”
“Waking Sleeping Beauty” plays at 1 p.m. at Riverdale screen #2.