To commemorate the birthday of Walt Disney (Dec. 5, 1901), the documentary "Waking Sleeping Beauty" will be shown at 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 8 in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room.
"During a 43-year Hollywood career, Walt Disney established himself and his product as a genuine part of Americana. A pioneer and innovator, and the possessor of one of the most fertile imaginations the world has ever known, Walt Disney, along with members of his staff, received more than 950 honors and citations from every nation in the world, including 48 Academy Awards and seven Emmys. Through his work, Walt Disney brought joy, happiness, and a universal means of communication to the people of every nation. He died on Dec. 15, 1966," according to Disney.
"By the mid-1980s, however, 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 along with a pessimistic forecast that perhaps the best days of animation were over.
"Only a miracle, or a magic spell, could produce a happy ending. In 'Waking Sleeping Beauty,' the true story of how Disney regained its magic is told. The result was a staggering output of hits during a ten-year period - 'Little Mermaid,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'Aladdin,' 'The Lion King' and more."
"Waking Sleeping Beauty," a fascinating story of the rise and fall of an entertainment empire, is rated PG and runs for 86 minutes.
Wide screen, surround sound, comfortable seating and free popcorn are all part of the theater experience at the Cazenovia Public Library where all events are free and open to the public.
And don't forget that free transportation through CRIS-CAT is now provided for Cazenovia, Fenner, and Nelson residents over 55 and ambulatory. Just call 655-0612 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. three to five days in advance.
For more information, call 655-9322 or visit cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.