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Progress City Home Theater: Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)

The third of the new documentary releases we’re reviewing, Waking Sleeping Beauty looks at the animation renaissance that occurred at Disney in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Directed by longtime Disney producer Don Hahn, the film is an absolute cannot-miss must-see treat for any fan of animation. The quality of the film itself [...]

Progress City Home Theater: The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story (2009)

The Disney documentary train rolls on, with this rather remarkable look at Richard and Robert Sherman – longtime staff songwriters at Walt Disney Productions and composers of some of the best known ditties ever. Much like Walt & El Grupo, The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story is a family affair. Cousins Gregory V. Sherman [...]

Progress City Home Theater: Walt & El Grupo (2009)

Last week saw the release of three prominent Disney-related documentaries. The only of these that I had not seen in theaters was Walt & El Grupo, so I was naturally eager to check out director Ted Thomas’s (Frank and Ollie) recounting of Walt Disney’s 1941 South America trip (Thomas’s father, animator Frank Thomas, was [...]

For The Boys

I just wanted to post a brief note that The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story is now available for download on iTunes. I never gave this film an official, full review after seeing it last year at the D23 Expo, but it’s fantastic. Directors Gregory V. Sherman and Jeff Sherman do an excellent job [...]

Walt Disney And You

Somehow this evening I stumbled across a particular piece of video that instantly brought back some memories.

Back in the 1980s, home video was a big deal. And, increasingly, Disney began to enter into a market that it had been reluctant to consider before. The first waves of live-action home video releases were basically trial [...]