Waking Sleeping Beauty — Friday, December 28

Friday, December 280029327

6:00 pm

Otis Library
261 Main Street, Norwich

By the mid-1980s, the fabled animation studios of Walt Disney had fallen on hard times. The artists were polarized between newcomers hungry to innovate and old timers not yet ready to relinquish control. These conditions produced a series of box-office flops and pessimistic forecasts: maybe the best days of animation were over. Maybe the public didn’t care. Only a miracle or a magic spell could produce a happy ending. Waking Sleeping Beauty is no fairy tale. It’s the true story of how Disney regained its magic with a staggering output of hits – “Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast ,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” and more – over a 10-year period.

Official Selection – 2009 Telluride Film Festival
Official Selection – 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Winner, Audience Prize – 2009 Hamptons International Film Festival
Winner, Truly Moving Picture Award – 2009 Heartland Film Festival

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