Sleeping Beauty

Walt Disney Productions Released 1959


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Clyde Geronimi

Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated romantic fantasy film, produced by Walt Disney and based on Charles Perrault's fairy tale, "La Belle au bois dormant". Directed by Les Clark, Eric Larson, and Wolfgang Reitherman, the film tells the tale of a princess, Aurora (voice of Mary Costa), who is subject to a horrible curse: she will prick her finger on a spindle and fall into a deep, deep slumber from which she can only be awakened by true love's first kiss. Though her parents, King Stefan (voice of Taylor Holmes) and Queen Leah, try to protect her by banning spinning wheels from their kingdom, the dreaded day still comes and the entire kingdom falls asleep. Will Prince Philip (Bill Shirley) be able to rescue them all? Sleeping Beauty is a timeless classic that fans enjoy watching over and over again.


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  • A highly expensive Disney classic that more than pays off its debt

    In the age of Uncle Walt, "Sleeping Beauty" is his most expensive film that he himself made. And it truly shows. Even though Aurora and Phillip are once again pretty forgettable, the rest of the film more than makes up for it. I love how the classic fairy tale is so twisted in this film and how dark it can get. And it is beyond effective. It really works for the tone. And aside from the mains, the rest of the characters are fantastic. Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather the fairies are hilarious and they have a lot of personality and most of the best lines in the film. And Maleficent may just be Disney's greatest villain ever created. If not, she's definitely their best female villain. The soundtrack is quite beautiful. And the animation: is not just the best I've seen from Disney. It's some of the most phenomenal animation I've seen in my whole life. With all of this, "Sleeping Beauty" is another great family classic.moreless
  • Nick finally cancelled Sam & Cat!

    I know this is unrelated, but we finally got rid of Sam & Cat! Hallelujah! So that's one crappy Nick show down, seven more to go. Now we just need to get rid of: The Thundermans, The Haunted Hathaways, Breadwinners, Rabbids Invasion, Sanjay and Cat, Every Which Way, and AwesomenessTV.

    UPDATE ON DECEMBER 14 (originally posted on July 18): Disney Channel is airing this tonight! Horray! I wish that would air more movies on Disney Channel. I mean sure, Disney Jr. airs lots of great movies, but the regular Disney Channel doesn't do it very often like they should. It's sad. And they NEED TO AIR GORDY. But today they're airing Sleeping at 7:00 after Tangled (which started at 5:15 which I'm watching right now).moreless

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Love & Romance, 50s, Musicals, Kids Fantasy