An elf gives a queen a magic spell for the baby she always wanted. But an evil curse is placed over her daughter, Rosebud, which results in the king demanding that all the spindles in the kingdom be destroyed. As Rosebud grows into a naive yet pretty young woman, she wonders why no one in the kingdom ever has new cloth. She convinces her parents to go on a journey to a neighboring kingdom, not knowing what awaits her as soon as the king and queen are gone. Written by
Part of the "Cannon Movie Tales" series, nine feature films based on classic fairy tales that were produced by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus for the Cannon Group in the mid '80s. All of the films featured well-known actors from the U.S. and U.K. and were shot on-location in Israel. Although the series was originally conceived as a whopping sixteen films, production stopped at nine when Rumpelstiltskin (1987) flopped at the box-office and the remaining films were sent directly to video. Despite their commercial failure, the Movie Tales garnered a cult following after the Disney Channel began airing them as "Storybook Cinema" in 1988. See more »
When the white fairy lands on the castle steps after flying into Rosebud's christening, the wire attached to Jane Wiedlin can be seen. See more »
Elf? Elf, time to sleep.
Oh, no. I don't want to go to sleep. I'll stay here and guard the princess.
All right. Keep your eyes open. I'm counting on you.
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Cannon Movie Tales are film adaptations of classic stories which were made in the late 1980s. Because the first, "Rumpelstiltskin" received mostly mediocre reviews (though it wasn't bad) the rest were never released theatrically, debuting on video instead. "Sleeping Beauty" is one of the lesser ones. It was directed by David Irving , who also directed "Rumpelstiltskin" and the worst one, "The Emperor's New Clothes". The script meanders all over the place, introducing two "Elves"(who stop the story dead in it's tracks every time they appear) and a silly subplot involving the lack of available spindles which only serves to introduce a tacky and irrelevant "production number" which is, by far, the worst of all the songs. The acting, by Morgan Fairchild (the Queen) and Tahnee (daughter of Raquel) Welch, is bland to the point of somnambulence. Only Sylvia Miles, as the Evil Fairy makes much of an impression, and she has only a few scenes. Most of the singing voices are dubbed, including Fairchild and Welch, who can't possibly have had a worse singing voice than the off-key substitute (Linda Lopresti) used for her songs, (or CAN she?) The sets and costumes evoke the proper mood,which, unfortunately, the script and direction consistently undermine. Producer Menahem Golen reportedly loved fairy tales, so how could he let them get away with this? It is watchable, but what a disappointment.
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