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Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Family, Fantasy  |  6 February 1959 (Brazil)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Mary Costa ...
Princess Aurora (voice)
Bill Shirley ...
Prince Phillip (voice)
Maleficent (voice)
Flora (voice)
Barbara Luddy ...
Merryweather (voice)
Barbara Jo Allen ...
Fauna (voice)
Taylor Holmes ...
Stefan (voice)
Bill Thompson ...
Hubert (voice)


Adaptation of the fairy tale of the same name. Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil witch Maleficent - who declares that before the sun sets on Aurora's 16th birthday she will die by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. To try to prevent this, the king places her into hiding, in the care of three good-natured - but not too bright - fairies. Written by Tim Pickett <quetzal@yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au>

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Release Date:

6 February 1959 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

La bella durmiente  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$51,600,000 (USA)

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(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


Princess Aurora's long, thin, willowy body shape was inspired by that of Audrey Hepburn. See more »


The Kings often remark that it is the 14th century. In another scene, we see fireworks being set off. Fireworks were not used for entertainment until the 16th century. See more »


[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 »


Featured in The Nostalgia Chick: Disney Princess (2009) See more »


Sleeping Beauty Ballet
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Tchaikovsky)
Source of score and song adapations
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A Disney classic
18 January 2004 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

When I was a little girl, Sleeping Beauty was my all time favorite Disney film. I was so in love with this story, it's crazy how many times I wore out the VHS. But growing up, I lost touch with the story, but I recently bought the DVD and re-watched the film and you know what? I'm still in love with this movie. I really miss these old Disney movies where the animation was so bright and beautiful, the characters were so lovable, and the story was so magical. I'm not bashing Disney films from today, just I'm sure we could all relate on this subject where the older Disney films just had a certain charm about it. Sleeping Beauty is just a timeless story and has so much wonderful romance, I guess since I'm a girl, I just couldn't help but still be in love with this beautiful story.

Princess Aurora is born and is the future queen of her land, three fairy's, Flora, Merryweather, and Fauna bless her with three gifts: beauty and song, right as Merryweather is about to bless Aurora, the evil witch, Maleficent, comes in and curses Aurora that she shall touch a spinning wheel by her 16th birthday and die! Merryweather changes it to where she won't die, but sleep and could only be woke up by the kiss of true love. The fairy's wish to keep this from happening still, so they take Aurora and raise her as their own. One day Aurora on her 16th birthday goes out in the forest and meets the charming and handsome Prince Phillipe, but she doesn't know he's a prince and she doesn't know he's fhe man she's actually betrothed too. She is told by the fairy's that she can never see him again and that she's a princess; later that night the curse happens! Now the fairy's need Phillipe to save Aurora before it's too late.

Everything about Sleeping Beauty is just a perfect Disney film and I can't wait until to show this to my future kids one day. I know that their generation is going to have just the CGI animation, so it's good that at least we still have these films, they're treasures. The voices, the animation, the story, Sleeping Beauty is the most romantic fairy tale that anyone could easily fall in love with. If you are a Disney fan, this is a must see, it's a great family film or if you're just a film buff in general, I'm a grown up and I still tear up when I watch Sleeping Beauty.


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