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Sleeping Beauty and Eyvind Earle

October 21st, 2008

sleepingThere is a piece on “Sleeping Beauty” over at the Art of Disney Animation blog.  The post includes lots of art from the film’s artistic director Eyvind Earle.thornsIt was interesting to me to learn that this was the most expensive Disney film to create (at the time). So much so, that it didn’t recover its production costs until several decades later. Sleeping Beauty’s initial release nearly bankrupted the studio, since the movie made back only half of its $6 million studio costs. The film was heavily criticized for being slow-paced and having little character development. Despite this, the movie was re-released in theaters in 1970, 1979, 1986 and 1992.dragonThe film was in production for five years, instead of the usual three. Much of this was due to the Technirama 70 mm format, which required much larger sets. The only other Disney feature to release in this format was “The Black Cauldron”.angleDisney also broke with tradition by giving animator Eyvind Earle a stunning amount of freedom to develop his ideas for the movie. This decision caused resentment among the other animators towards Earle, since Disney had previously been iron-fisted in his control over his animators. This was also the last of the Disney films to use hand painted cels.-Floyd Bishop

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