full article at:It was like any other class reunion -- friends who hadn't seen each other for decades catching up while "When You Wish Upon a Star" played in the background. But even though there also was talk of old wounds and slights, this holiday-season gathering wasn't marking the anniversary of any high school or college graduation. Instead, the several hundred people crowding into Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre had come together to revisit one of the best comeback stories in show business history: the resurrection of Walt Disney Animation.
The reunion was actually a screening of "Waking Sleeping Beauty," a new documentary recounting the 10 years starting in 1984 when Disney's animation arm was transformed from a rudderless shadow of its former self (the dark and disturbing "The Black Cauldron" marking the nadir) into the creative and financial heart (with the life-affirming "The Lion King" at the apex) of the sprawling entertainment conglomerate.
Scheduled to be released theatrically March 26, "Waking Sleeping Beauty" will premiere to local audiences today at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. While the movie is not likely to generate as much "is-that-fool-based-on-me?" chatter as 1992's "The Player," the documentary does offer an unusually forthright peek into one of the most contentious but ultimately fruitful periods in modern Hollywood.
When Disney cartoons became reanimated
The film 'Waking Sleeping Beauty' shows how the studio went from the bleak '80s to creative and box office success.
When Disney cartoons became reanimated - latimes.com