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Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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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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Clyde Geronimi

Writers:

Erdman Penner (story adaptation), Charles Perrault (story "Sleeping Beauty") | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Costa ... Princess Aurora (voice)
Bill Shirley ... Prince Phillip (voice)
Eleanor Audley ... Maleficent (voice)
Verna Felton ... Flora / Queen Leah (voice)
Barbara Luddy ... Merryweather (voice)
Barbara Jo Allen ... Fauna (voice)
Taylor Holmes ... 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. Maleficent 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 from her sleep is true love's kiss. Finally the day comes. Written by Pat Conolly

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Taglines:

Now the magic moment! Full-length feature fantasy - Beautiful beyond belief See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La bella durmiente See more »

Filming Locations:

Loire Valley, Loire, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,548,698, 21 March 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,600,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

6-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (70 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (35 mm prints)| SDDS (re-release) (1995)| Dolby SR (re-release) (1995)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Even though it is not mentioned in the film, Maleficent's pet raven is named Diablo. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

The opening credits say Technirama, but not Super Technirama 70, which is the process it was filmed in. See more »

Alternate Versions

At one point, the Swedish version was slightly edited to remove Prince Phillip hitting the Dragon's snout with his sword, as it was deemed too violent for Swedish children and also not motivated enough. It was eventually restored. See more »


Soundtracks

Sleeping Beauty Ballet
(1890)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Tchaikovsky)
Source of score and song adaptations
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Good Disney cartoon features Tchaikowsky's ballet
21 April 2003 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

This Disney cartoon feature has the familiar-princess-in-distress theme of a lovely girl, kind fairies, a handsome prince, forbidding castles and an evil witch. A perceived slight by a king and queen enrages a sorceress who casts an evil spell on the child that will take effect on her sixteenth birthday. Only her prince charming's kiss can save the girl from an unhappy fate and the frightening Maleficent stops at nothing to locate the princess in order to bring her prophecy to fruition. There are several pitched battles between the prince and the fairies against the forces of evil that accelerates into an exciting combat at the finish. The picture is bathed in beautiful color and the music of Tchaikowsky's ballet serves as a wonderful musical accompaniment.


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