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6 February 1959 (Brazil) See more »
Now the magic moment! Full-length feature fantasy - Beautiful beyond belief See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Mary Costa ... Princess Aurora (voice)
Bill Shirley ... Prince Phillip (voice)

Eleanor Audley ... Maleficent (voice)

Verna Felton ... Flora (voice)
Barbara Luddy ... Merryweather (voice)
Barbara Jo Allen ... Fauna (voice)
Taylor Holmes ... Stefan (voice)
Bill Thompson ... Hubert (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Amsbery ... Maleficent's Goon (voice) (uncredited)
Candy Candido ... Maleficent's Goon (voice) (uncredited)
Pinto Colvig ... Maleficent's Goon (voice) (uncredited)
Rosa Crosby ... Leah (voice) (uncredited)

Dal McKennon ... Owl (voice) (uncredited)
Marvin Miller ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Thurl Ravenscroft ... Singer (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Clyde Geronimi (supervising director)
Writing credits
Erdman Penner (story adaptation)

Charles Perrault (story "Sleeping Beauty")

Joe Rinaldi (additional story) &
Winston Hibler (additional story) &
Bill Peet (additional story) &
Ted Sears (additional story) &
Ralph Wright (additional story) &
Milt Banta (additional story)

Film Editing by
Roy M. Brewer Jr. 
Donald Halliday 
Production Design by
Ken Anderson 
Don DaGradi 
Production Management
Ken Peterson .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Alguire .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound supervisor
Purv Pullen .... sound of birds (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jack Boyd .... effects animator
Jack Buckley .... effects animator
Ub Iwerks .... special processes
Eustace Lycett .... special processes
Dan MacManus .... effects animator
Joshua Meador .... effects animator
Bob Abrams .... effects animator (uncredited)
Abra Grupp .... digital paint artist (restored version) (uncredited)
Dorse A. Lanpher .... assistant effects animator (uncredited)
Animation Department
Hal Ambro .... character animator
Dick Anthony .... backgrounds
Ray Aragon .... layout
Frank Armitage .... backgrounds
Bob Carlson .... character animator
Eric Cleworth .... character animator
Tom Codrick .... layout
Basil Davidovich .... layout
Marc Davis .... directing animator
Al Dempster .... backgrounds
Eyvind Earle .... color stylist
Blaine Gibson .... character animator
Don Griffith .... layout
Victor Haboush .... layout
Joe Hale .... layout
Jack Huber .... layout
Ralph Hulett .... backgrounds
Ken Hultgren .... character animator
Ollie Johnston .... directing animator
Homer Jonas .... layout
Milt Kahl .... directing animator
John Kennedy .... character animator
Hal King .... character animator
Fred Kopietz .... character animator
Bill Layne .... backgrounds
John Lounsbery .... directing animator
Don Lusk .... character animator
Fil Mottola .... backgrounds
George Nicholas .... character animator
Ernie Nordli .... layout artist (as Erni Nordli)
Ken O'Brien .... character animator
Tom Oreb .... character stylist
Walt Peregoy .... backgrounds
Anthony Rizzo .... backgrounds
John Sibley .... character animator
McLaren Stewart .... layout
Henry Tanous .... character animator
Frank Thomas .... directing animator
Richard H. Thomas .... backgrounds
Harvey Toombs .... character animator
Thelma Witmer .... backgrounds
Robert W. Youngquist .... character animator (as Bob Youngquist)
Dale Barnhart .... animator (uncredited)
Don Bluth .... assistant animator (uncredited)
George Goepper .... animator (uncredited)
Karin Holmquist .... ink and paint artist (uncredited)
Karin Holmquist .... ink and paint (uncredited)
Chuck Jones .... layout artist (uncredited)
Bill Keil .... animator (uncredited)
Dick N. Lucas .... animator (uncredited)
Gary Mooney .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Floyd Norman .... clean-up artist (uncredited)
Floyd Norman .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Amby Paliwoda .... animator (uncredited)
Phil Roman .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Joanna Romersa .... ink and paint artist (uncredited)
Al Stetter .... animator (uncredited)
Iwao Takamoto .... animator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ken Peterson .... casting: animation artists (uncredited)
Music Department
George Bruns .... music adaptor
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
John Rarig .... choral arranger
Edmundo Santos .... lyrics: Spanish version (uncredited)
Frederick Stark .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Les Clark .... sequence director
Walt Disney .... presenter
Eric Larson .... sequence director
Wolfgang Reitherman .... sequence director
Eleanor Audley .... live action model: Maleficent (uncredited)
Frances Bavier .... live action model: Fairy (uncredited)
Madge Blake .... live action model: Fairy (uncredited)
Spring Byington .... live action model: Fairy (uncredited)
Jane Fowler .... live action model: Maleficent (uncredited)
Ed Kemmer .... live action model: Prince Phillip (uncredited)
Helene Stanley .... live action model: Princess Aurora (uncredited)
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75 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:K-3 (2008) (DVD release) | Finland:K-8 (1959) | France:U | Iceland:L | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/6 | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | Sweden:7 (re-release) | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #19062) (original rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1970) | West Germany:0

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Animator Eric Cleworth based the dragon's head movements on those of a rattlesnake about to strike.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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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I have a theory about this movie..., 5 September 2003
Author: movibuf1962 from Washington, DC

...which is that it may have been designed more for an adult audience than a children's. At any rate it was way ahead of its time in 1959. "Sleeping Beauty" was one of the movies I watched as a child, and its grandness overwhelmed me even at the age of ten. I couldn't be happier to see it finally in the DVD format. But watch closely; you'll notice many subtle, sophisticated things which other viewers have touched on in earlier reviews. The animation is almost surreal-- so incredibly lifelike that it abandons its cute, 'Disneyesque' pretensions from previous fairy tales. There are no talking mice, dogs or cats anywhere to be seen. Here the animals are silent, as animals are supposed to be. (I love the sequence with the forest animals as they are awakened by the singing of the barefoot princess and join up with her, like multiple chaperons, in harmonious whistles.) Even the fairy godmothers- who may initially appear as sugary stereotypes- spend so much time bickering (well, two of them do anyway) that you get to identify them as thoroughly fleshed out personalities. The adaptation of the original Perrault fairy tale is also impressive. An ingenious move was to have the prince and princess meet in the forest *first* and fall in love- unaware that they are already engaged to be married. Someone mentioned the chilling sequence which shows the princess, cloaked in an eerie green pallor, actually being lured to the fateful spinning wheel. So dark, so frightening- when was the last time you saw something like this in a Disney fairy tale? And then immediately afterwords is a cleansing sequence of unmatched beauty showing the fairies sailing through the sky like fireflies, magically dusting the rest of the castle to sleep. It is, of course, only matched by the film's finale which shows storm clouds, lightning, a forest of thorns, and a flame-spewing dragon-- all seamlessly bringing the story to a 75-minute conclusion. It stands, in my opinion, as Disney's masterpiece.

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