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The Little Multi-National Corporation That Could February 22, 2010

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The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast… I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that anyone reading this who is under the age of 30 owned at least one of these on video (and still does, even if they don’t own an actual VHS player anymore). Disney’s streak of classics from 1988 onwards defined the childhoods of millions.

But what came before 1988? Well, not very much really. There was a huge lull in the number of Disney animations released post-The Rescuers (1977) and pre-Roger Rabbit (1988). And unless you are an extremely dedicated Disney fan, you would be forgiven for not remembering such live-action classics as The Cat From Outer Space (1978) and The Journey of Natty Gan (1985).

Waking Sleeping Beauty is the story of Disney’s efforts to drag itself out of the doldrums, and of the stellar work done by animators like John Lasseter and Tim Burton from the mid-1980s onwards. The documentary is currently doing the festival circuit in the US, and begins its limited theatrical release on March 26. Fingers crossed it makes it to this side of the Atlantic.

“But it’s a business lie, it’s not the same as a life lie” April 3, 2009

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It’s distressing that Amy Adams’ big break was a in Disney blockbuster, because she’s capable of far more than smiley singalong parts.

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Pre- Enchanted, Adams was nominated Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards for her role in Junebug (2005). Despite this, both Adams and Junebug never really got the attention they deserved. I’ve only seen chunks of the film on YouTube, but I’m going to go searching for the full thing this weekend. Can’t seem to download it, so I’ll have to buy it. From a real, like, shop.

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Post- Enchanted, Adams stars in Sunshine Cleaning, which is currently on general release in the US.

I hope it makes it over here…otherwise our next Amy Adams fix will be Leap Year sometime in early 2010. Leap Year is being filmed over the next few weeks in Dublin, and stars Adams as a young woman who travels to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend on 29th February (Leap Day). Hmm. Sounds like another Disney-style part. Probably with lots of fake Irish accents, if they’re following the P.S. I Love You formula.

Pics from here, here and here