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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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Cast

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 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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9 July 1959 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

La bella durmiente  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$51,600,000 (USA)
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(RCA Sound Recording)| (RCA Sound Recording)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The huge cost of " Sleeping Beauty " was a massive concern for Walt Disney who slashed his animation personnel from 551 to just 75 the following year. In fact, Disney was advised to pull out of animation altogether and concentrate on TV and theme parks instead. See more »

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Flora's eyes change from green to brown and back to green during the movie, and this was not corrected for the DVD or blu-ray release. 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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Once Upon a Dream
(1958) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Sammy Fain and Jack Lawrence
Performed by Chorus during the opening credits and at the end, Mary Costa and Bill Shirley
Performed again by Mary Costa
Whistled by Bill Shirley
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An Inspired Classic
24 June 2004 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

"Sleeping Beauty" is definitely a classic among the Disney animated features. It bears the distinction of being the first to be shot in 70mm widescreen format. The score borrows much from Tchaikovsky's classic ballet based on the Brothers Grimm tale. The art is beautiful, being inspired by medieval art. And the characters are delightful, particularly the three Good Fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. Malificient makes for a wonderful villainess, with awesome magical powers. Even those who would not call this Disney's best animated feature should agree that it harkens back to the famed studio's golden age. It's a classic that all ages can treasure!


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