Sleeping Beauty

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Sleeping Beauty Overview

A beautiful princess born in a faraway kingdom is destined by a terrible curse to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep that can only be awakened by true love's first kiss. Determined to protect her, her parents ask three fairies to raise her in hiding. But the evil Maleficent is just as determined to seal the princess's fate.

Who Stars in Sleeping Beauty

Mary Costa
Princess Aurora (voice)

Mary Costa

Bill Shirley
Prince Phillip (voice)

Bill Shirley

Eleanor Audley
Maleficent (voice)

Eleanor Audley

Verna Felton
Flora / Queen Leah (voice)

Verna Felton

Barbara Luddy
Merryweather (voice)

Barbara Luddy

Barbara Jo Allen
Fauna (voice)

Barbara Jo Allen


Recommendations

Cinderella
Lady and the Tramp
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Peter Pan
Pinocchio
Dumbo
Alice in Wonderland
Bambi
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
The Little Mermaid
The Aristocats
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Jungle Book
Pocahontas
The Sword in the Stone
Robin Hood
Tarzan
Beauty and the Beast
The Fox and the Hound
Hercules

Review for Sleeping Beauty

Author: John Chard

Beautiful Disney Production Of A Wonderful Fairytale. When an evil witch places a curse on an infant princess that will cause her to fall into eternal sleep on her 16th birthday, her three fairy godmothers whisk her away to a life of normality and ignorance of her birthright. But can they stave off the curse when the 16th year of age arrives? It upped the ante in costing for Disney, also taking a decade to produce. The ambition was high as new techniques were being used such as rotoscoping, while the musical score is brilliantly devised from Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty ballet. The story itself is a pure joy, based on Charles Perrault's ever enduring fairytale, it's awash with rich characters, led by the delightful three fairy godmothers - Flora - Fauna and Merryweather, all plumpy and sweet, while evil witch Maleficent is brilliantly produced, with a long pointy chin and devil horns on her head. There's a whole bunch of charming fun on show, as the three ladies bring the magic and potter around while gently ribbing each other, but it's with the drama where Sleeping Beauty most soars. The nightmare sequence luring Briar Rose (Princess Aurora) to the dreaded spinning wheel is unnerving, and the battle between Prince Phillip and Maleficent is exhilarating and shows the animators at their best. As for the colour? Spanking! Upon release it wasn't the roaring success Disney had hoped and planned for, but the decades since then have been very kind to Sleeping Beauty. For it's a magical film for children and adults to dreamily get lost in. 9/10


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Production

Walt Disney Productions


Facts

Status
Released

Release Date
1959-01-28

Original Language
English

Runtime
1 hr 15 mins

Budget
$ 6,000,000.00 (Estimated)

Revenue
$ 51,000,000.00 (USA)

Profit
$ 45,000,000.00 (Estimated in USA)

Genres
Fantasy Animation Romance Family

Keywords
sleep magic fairy prince castle fairy tale kingdom musical kiss princess sleeping beauty animation knight dragon dungeon based on fairy tale


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