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'101 Dalmatians' was just the hit a flagging Disney needed

'101 Dalmatians' was just the hit a flagging Disney needed

Walt Disney Studios was in a funk in 1959 after its expensive, lavishly animated fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty" didn't awaken at the box office. "Sleeping Beauty" had been a pet project of Walt Disney, who had mandated that the film "should look like a moving tapestry," animator-director Frank Gladstone said. "It was heavily art-directed. The animation was so pristine and precise." Perhaps too precise. Though it received high marks for its visual style, "it didn't carry the emotion people expected from a Disney film," Gladstone added. Veteran animator Floyd Norman, a young artist at Disney at the time, said the studio had...

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