Based on the fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm. Hansel and Gretel are trapped in the deceptively decorated house of the witch Griselda who wishes to fatten Hansel so that he may be baked ... See full summary »
A cat belonging to a poor miller's son thinks up a great plan for bringing a title, wealth, and marriage for his owner. He begins to carry it out, using a few birds and rabbits as gifts for... See full summary »
Hated by her jealous and bloodthirsty stepmother, Snow White flees a murder attempt and seeks shelter in the woods with seven kindly dwarfs. Feeling she is safe from harm, Snow White ... See full summary »
Marianne Christina Schilling,
Dame Diana Rigg (TV's "The Avengers"), Billy Barty ("Willow") and Sarah Patterson ("The Company of Wolves") as Snow White star in this feature-length, live-action, musical version of the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.
A musical version of the classic story about a miller's daughter who recieves help from a mischievous dwarf, then ends up over her head. Now, she and a mute servant girl may be the only ... See full summary »
Snow White's mother, the Queen dies when she is born. Her father, the King, remarries a beautiful but vain lady. The new Queen has a magic mirror that she asks every day, who is the fairest... See full summary »
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
To save money, the Cannon Movie Tales were shot two or three at a time. "Sleeping Beauty" was shot simultaneously with Hansel and Gretel (1987). This wasn't the best of situations in that often the two crews would be competing for limited equipment, costumes, and sets. 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 »
I fell asleep, and while I was asleep, the princess pricked her finger, and she fell asleep... while I was asleep!
The princess has fallen asleep.
While I was asleep!
You shouldn't have fallen asleep.
Well, I'm sorry, Master.
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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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