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Marianne Christina Schilling,
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
Morgan Fairchild flew to Israel to begin filming on May 6, 1986. She had been scheduled to host the May 10, 1986 episode of Saturday Night Live (1975) but decided to cancel that gig in order to take this role. Despite the film's troubled production, she revealed in an email with a fan that she loved working with director David Irving and that numerous parents of children have approached her through the years praising the film. 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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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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