“Sleeping Beauty Awakes!”
Peter Schneider & Don Hahn Interview
by Stephen Holt
‚ÄúWaking Sleeping Beauty‚Äù is a terrific new documentary on the tumultuous, incredibly creative decade(1984-1994) at Disney, when animation changed forever. And Producer Peter Schneider and Director Don Hahn were two of the people who changed it, and who witnessed the transformation process first hand. It was the time when ‚ÄúBeauty and the Beast,‚Äù ‚ÄúLittle Mermaid,‚Äù ‚ÄúAladdin‚Äù and ‚ÄúThe Lion King‚Äù altered the landscape of the Magic Kingdom forever, making it relevant and winning Oscar nominations and Golden Globe Awards to boot.
‚ÄúWaking Sleeping Beauty‚Äù is comprised totally of contemporary archival footage of the behind-the-scenes workings of Disney, a place that had here-to-fore been off-limits to scrutiny of any kind. It‚Äôs Hahn‚Äôs and Schneider‚Äôs triumph in that they got permission to depict this unseen, wholly corporate world, in a dark, scary and entertaining (the cartoon clips are divine) doc that is surely going to be remembered at Oscar time next year.