Faerie Tale Theatre (1982–1987)
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Sleeping Beauty 

A prince chases his destiny to an ancient castle in search of a cursed princess, thanks to the help of an informative lumberjack.


(as Jeremy Paul Kagan)

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Episode cast overview:
The Woodsman
Queen Natasha / Queen Farrah
The Squire
Carol Smith ...
Yellow Fairy
Maysie Hoy ...
Red Fairy
Lynne Scott ...
Purple Fairy
Gene Varrone ...
Green Fairy
Lynn Tufeld ...
Orange Fairy


A prince chases his destiny to an ancient castle in search of a cursed princess, thanks to the help of an informative lumberjack.

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7 July 1983 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The visual style of the tale was based on the illustrations of Kay Nielsen. See more »


Sleeping Beauty: ["My son, the Prince" has arrived to meet his future bride, Sleeping Beauty, who is preparing in her room] Oh, I do hope the Prince likes me for father's sake; it seems so important to him.
[Trumpets sound, she goes to the window to see the Prince's arrival]
Sleeping Beauty: He does seem well-formed.
"My son, the Prince": [the peasants welcome the Prince, throwing petals and confetti] Oh! Oh! Get off, maggots! They're such filthy little pests! My, my, my word!
[He kicks the crutch from under a peasant's arm]
King Murray: Are you all right? He ...
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Version of Cinderella (1979) See more »


I'm Nobody Baby
Written by Benny Davis, Milton Ager, and Lester Santley
Sung by Bernadette Peters
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Charming beauty
19 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

There is a lot to like about the 'Faerie Tale Theatre' series. Many of their adaptations of various well-known and well-loved fairy tales are charming, clever and sometimes funny, a few even emotionally moving. 'Faerie Tale Theatre' puts its own magical spin on the best of the episodes while still capturing the essence of the stories.

Another thing, that wasn't said in my reviews for the previous episodes, and that is a huge part of 'Faerie Tale Theatre's' charm, is seeing talented performers either in early roles or in roles that are somewhat of a departure to usual. Up until this particular point in the series, so from "The Tale of the Frog Prince" to this, to me there wasn't a bad episode (and in the series in general even the weakest ones still have merits). Some may disagree, as "The Nightingale" is somewhat divisive, was one of the people who liked it while acknowledging its faults.

"Sleeping Beauty" is another very good episode, not one of my favourites from 'Faerie Tale Theatre', but, based on a slight (not uncommon in fairy-tales) but lovely and deservedly popular story, very entertaining and immensely talented.

Not to say that "Sleeping Beauty" isn't flawed. Its weakest element is the script, a good deal is a lot of fun and quite daring for back then but some of the campy humour falls flat and some of the innuendos do go overboard and don't really gel in this particular story or, with a couple of exceptions, the show in general in a series that fares much better (as with fairy-tales) when played straight.

"Sleeping Beauty", on the other hand, has very little otherwise that's wrong. It is one of the better-looking 'Faerie Tale Theatre' episodes, most of which actually don't look too bad considering its low budget, other than at times for 'Faerie Tale Theatre' overall shoestring budget costumes, a few instances of too ghoulish make-up or cheap effects, scenery/sets and photography have very rarely been a problem if ever. "Sleeping Beauty" is lavishly mounted and have none of the mentioned visual faults that can be seen in a few episodes before and since.

Music score is gentle and energetic, while there is fun to be had in the script and the story does not suffer from pacing issues (not a moment of dullness in sight) and tells the story with charm.

Casting is very good, a few unlikely choices on paper but all come off well. Bernadette Peters looks radiant and charms considerably in the title role and she has believable chemistry with Christopher Reeve, who is dashing and has fun as the Prince. Beverly D'Angelo is clearly enjoying herself and her villain Henbane drips with evil, quite rightly too. All the supporting cast play entertaining roles with gusto.

In summary, charming, fun and beautiful, definitely worth watching and in no way skip-able. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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