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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 »
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Fairy tales never go out of style. They just keep getting retold to new generations of children. They also continue to be adapted for the screen in various ways. Disney turned several of them into animated features, which are beloved to this day. But many live action versions have been made, such as the Cannon Movie Tales series. It could not be complete without an adaptation of the classic story of a princess under a sleeping spell that can only be broken with a kiss.
Pros: Good job by the cast. Beautifully scored. Fabulous production design. Some catchy songs. Also wonderful singing. Moves at a good pace. Full of whimsy. Some of the costumes, especially those of the elves and fairies, are really good.
Cons: Some of the costumes and sets look cheap. Visual effects that haven't aged well.
Final thoughts: May not be the best film based on the story, but certainly holds it's own. A childhood favorite of many of my generation that can be enjoyed by those to come.
My rating: 4/5
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