According to Andrew, threads auto-close after the 1000 post threshold is reached so Last Movie Seen III is now closed. Time to start a new one.
Which brings me to my tracking down Waking Sleeping Beauty at Wal-Mart online and having that terrific documentary streamed into my home yesterday. The movie, directed by Don Hahn who produced the Disney classics Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, tells the story of Disney animation virtually given up on and left for dead in the early 80's by corporate Disney itself making a triumphant return to glory over a 10 year or so span that culminated in the 4 animated films now considered Disney classics - The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. It's not often that Disney takes an honest look at itself and Waking Sleeping Beauty pretty much does that which is surprising since Disney distributed the film. In the end, we see the typical story of high ranking Disney executives jockeying for position to be the very public focal point and taking credit for some pretty great movies. Egos collide, pettiness reigns, all the while in the background scores of nameless, faceless (mostly) animators, artists, craftsmen, technicians, and the like sacrifice virtually everything of themselves to produce great art on movie screens. A fascinating look at a period of time in Disney animation history that hasn't been duplicated since.