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The Sweatbox; the Mouse gnaws on its own flesh

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If you’re not an animation fan, you might wonder what’s going on in this documentary. Well, this is the infamous Sweatbox, the documentary of Disney’s implosion – coming off of a string of ever-greater successes cumulating in Lion King, pressure-cooker internal quarrels and Katzenberg’s departure. Still believing in the inevitability of everything going honky-dory, they gave the filmmakers John-Paul Davidson and Trudie Styler ‘film-whatever-you-want’ rights. The results are… infamous. Most will concentrate on the House of the Mouse and wallow in Schadenfreude. I find the little social reveals just as intriguing. ie. the quote below:

I was a nerd in High School because I drew cartoons. I mean, I was really spat upon.

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Traumador the Tyrannosaur says:
03/23/2012

I don’t think this is the same documentary you think it is. It is the making of Emperor’s New Groove. None of the names match with the ones you list here, and I didn’t catch that quote. It is still a very infomrative and interesting look at how executives can ruin a movie…

d maas says:
03/23/2012

It is.

Traumador the Tyrannosaur says:
03/24/2012

I found the quote in retrospec, but who are John-Paul Davidson and Trudie Styler? None of the main producer/director guys have that name as far as I can tell.

d maas says:
03/24/2012

Hi – sorry for being so short on answers. Drowning in work atm.

This film is infamous within animation circles and is always talked about but seldom seen, and when, then usually form someone’s 20th generation HVS cassette. Trudie Styler is a documentary filmmaker and Sting’s partner. The film’s already been taken down, which isn’t surprising. The House of Mouse goes after this film wherever it crops it head.

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