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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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After a beautiful princess is born in to royalty everyone gathers to exchange gifts. Everything is perfectly fine until an unwanted guest appears, Magnifient. Magnificent curses a spell on the young princess and tells here that she will fall asleep at sunset on the evening of her 16th birthday, and that the only way to wake her up were the tears from here true love. Finally the day comes. Will she be left to sleep forever? Written by Pat Conolly

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


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6 February 1959 (Brazil)  »

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La bella durmiente  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$51,600,000 (USA)
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2.55 : 1
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The Disneyland castle was named for this film, even though the park opened four years prior to the film's release. To help promote the film, the imagineers working on the new Disneyland project modeled the castle after the one in the film. See more »

Goofs

During his revelation of the living palace he has had built for Aurora and Phillip, King Hubert places a bottle of wine at the end of the buffet table behind an elevated bowl of food, but when he and King Stefan proceed to the center to share a laugh, they separate to reveal that the bottle has disappeared from the end of the table to the center. See more »

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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 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Jack Frost (1997) See more »

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I Wonder
(1958) (uncredited)
Music by George Bruns
Lyrics by Winston Hibler and Ted Sears
Performed by Mary Costa
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Some films improve with age...'Sleeping Beauty' is one of them...
15 April 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

When 'Sleeping Beauty' was first released it was the target of critical villification--perhaps because of the more stylized art work. The art work is actually a leap forward from 'Snow White' and the earlier classics. It took me awhile to get used to the new technique when I first viewed the film--but now I recognize how effectively it manages to convey the "feel" of a genuine fairy-tale. A nice discussion of the art work is featured in 'The Making of Sleeping Beauty' which accompanies the latest VHS release of the film. Aside from the richly textured backgrounds and brilliant animation, 'Beauty' is blessed with the rapturous singing voice of Mary Costa's light soprano doing full justice to the ballad, 'Once Upon A Dream'. The idea of using Tchaikovsky's 'Sleeping Beauty' music for the background score and songs was an excellent decision. This is a film that can be enjoyed on so many different levels--music, animation, story, art work--it ranks with the very best of the classic fairy-tales from Disney. And yes, Maleficent, in all of her wicked glory, makes the most impressive fire-breathing dragon you're ever likely to see!


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