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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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Complete credited cast:
Mary Costa ...
Princess Aurora (voice)
Prince Phillip (voice)
Maleficent (voice)
Flora (voice)
Barbara Luddy ...
Merryweather (voice)
Fauna (voice)
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Wondrous to see... Glorious to hear... A magnificent new motion picture! See more »


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Release Date:

6 February 1959 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

La bella durmiente  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)


$51,600,000 (USA)

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Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first Disney animated feature to be created ostensibly for the 70mm format. See more »


When Aurora is singing in the forest and when the little blue bird "kisses" her on her cheek, we hear her voice start singing a split-second before her mouth moves. 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 »


Referenced in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) See more »


Hail the Princess Aurora
(1958) (uncredited)
Music by George Bruns
Lyrics by Tom Adair
Performed by Chorus
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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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