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Sleeping Beauty (1959)

After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies.

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Complete credited cast:
Mary Costa ...
Princess Aurora (voice)
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Prince Phillip (voice)
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Maleficent (voice)
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Flora / Queen Leah (voice)
Barbara Luddy ...
Merryweather (voice)
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Fauna (voice)
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King Stefan (voice)
Bill Thompson ...
King Hubert (voice)
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Storyline

After a beautiful princess, Aurora, is born in to royalty everyone gathers to exchange gifts. Everything is perfectly fine until an unwanted guest appears, Maleficent. Magnificent casts a spell on the young princess and announces that she will die by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel on the evening of her 16th birthday. Fortunately, one of the good fairies, Merryweather, changes the spell so Aurora will fall asleep, and that the only way to wake her up were the tears from her true love. Finally the day comes. Will she be left to sleep forever? Written by Pat Conolly

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9 July 1959 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

La bella durmiente  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,548,698 (USA) (21 March 1986)

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$51,600,000 (USA)
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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

At the time, Sleeping Beauty (1959) was the most expensive Disney animation. Although it was a hit on its initial release, it still did not gross enough to recoup its $6 million outlay. See more »

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During "Once Upon a Dream", Aurora's eyes are black but at the end after Prince Phillip kisses her and she opens her eyes, they are blue. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: In a faraway land, long ago, there lived a King and his fair Queen. Many years they had longed for a child, and finally their wish was granted. A daughter was born, and they called her Aurora. Yes, they named her after the dawn, for she filled their lives with sunshine. Then a great holiday was proclaimed throughout the land, so that all of high or low estate could pay homage to the infant Princess. And our story begins on that most joyful day...
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The opening credits say Technirama, but not Super Technirama 70, which is the process it was filmed in. See more »

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Referenced in Scrooged (1988) See more »

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Sleeping Beauty Ballet
(1890)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Tchaikovsky)
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I have a theory about this movie...
5 September 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

...which is that it may have been designed more for an adult audience than a children's. At any rate it was way ahead of its time in 1959. "Sleeping Beauty" was one of the movies I watched as a child, and its grandness overwhelmed me even at the age of ten. I couldn't be happier to see it finally in the DVD format. But watch closely; you'll notice many subtle, sophisticated things which other viewers have touched on in earlier reviews. The animation is almost surreal-- so incredibly lifelike that it abandons its cute, 'Disneyesque' pretensions from previous fairy tales. There are no talking mice, dogs or cats anywhere to be seen. Here the animals are silent, as animals are supposed to be. (I love the sequence with the forest animals as they are awakened by the singing of the barefoot princess and join up with her, like multiple chaperons, in harmonious whistles.) Even the fairy godmothers- who may initially appear as sugary stereotypes- spend so much time bickering (well, two of them do anyway) that you get to identify them as thoroughly fleshed out personalities. The adaptation of the original Perrault fairy tale is also impressive. An ingenious move was to have the prince and princess meet in the forest *first* and fall in love- unaware that they are already engaged to be married. Someone mentioned the chilling sequence which shows the princess, cloaked in an eerie green pallor, actually being lured to the fateful spinning wheel. So dark, so frightening- when was the last time you saw something like this in a Disney fairy tale? And then immediately afterwords is a cleansing sequence of unmatched beauty showing the fairies sailing through the sky like fireflies, magically dusting the rest of the castle to sleep. It is, of course, only matched by the film's finale which shows storm clouds, lightning, a forest of thorns, and a flame-spewing dragon-- all seamlessly bringing the story to a 75-minute conclusion. It stands, in my opinion, as Disney's masterpiece.


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