Unusual for a documentary film, Waking Sleeping Beauty uses no new on-camera interviews, instead relying primarily on vintage interviews, press kit footage, in-progress and completed footage from the films being covered, and personal film/videos shot (often against company policy) by the employees of the animation studio.
Narration is by Hahn, with new audio-only interviews by several of the principal figures, including executives Eisner, Katzenberg, and Roy E. Disney and animator/directors Mike Gabriel, Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers, Gary Trousdale, and Kirk Wise. The footage includes filmmakers Tim Burton, John Lasseter, Don Bluth, Ron Clements, John Musker, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Richard Williams, and George Scribner, and musicians Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Sir Elton John, and Tim Rice. A significant portion of the personal film used was shot by and features Disney animator Randy Cartwright, which is used to bookend the film.
Waking Sleeping Beauty debuted at the 2009 Telluride Film Festival, and played at film festivals across the country before its limited theatrical release on March 26, 2010 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
- Directors: Don Hahn
- Writers: Patrick Pacheco
- Producers: Don Hahn, Connie Nartonis Thompson, Peter Schneider
- Format: Animated, Color, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010