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December 4, 2020

The man who reinvented Disney, Peter Schneider, comes to Bucharest

The celebrated film producer will present a documentary detailing the studios’ rebirth.

Peter Schneider, one of the producers who left his mark on animation film history and reinvented the Disney Studios, will present before the Bucharest public the much-hyped documentary “Waking Sleeping Beauty”, directed by Don Hahn, at the ArCuB Hall, on Saturday, November 20. According to a release remitted, on Tuesday, to Agerpres, by the organizers, Peter Schneider will be present in Bucharest both as a film producer and as a theatre director. The film will be screened on Friday and Saturday, starting 7:30 pm, at the ArCuB Hall.

Selected in the competition of the prestigious Toronto and Telluride festivals, winner of a award in Hamptons and the winner of the “Truly Moving Picture” trophy in Heartland, “Waking Sleeping Beauty” is the true story of the Disney Studios’ incredible comeback, from the time they were facing bankruptcy to the impressive series of hits that included, among others, the likes of “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin” or “The Lion King”, which marked an unprecedented golden age in the Disney history.

Peter Schneider, a legendary figure in the history of the Disney studios, was at the helm of one of the most important companies in the group – Walt Disney Feature Animation -, between 1985 and 1999, and then of the entire studio, between 1999 and 2001. He was the man behind the studios’ spectacular comeback and the production of some of the most popular animation films in the Disney history, celebrated by the public and critics alike. These include “Beauty and the Beast” (1991) – the first animation film nominated to the Oscar in the “Best Film” category -, as well as “The Lion King” (1994), which was to become, by 2003, the biggest-selling animation film.

In 2001, Schneider left Disney to found his own production theatre company, alongside which he directed a music-hall version of “The Lion King”, in a Tony Award-winning show, highly popular on Broadway.
The public’s entrance to “Waking Sleeping Beauty”, presented by Anim’est and the Bucharest City Hall Cultural Projects’ Centre – ArCuB, is free, and, after the screening, Schneider will take questions from the audience.

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