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Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies.

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Clyde Geronimi

Writers:

Erdman Penner (story adaptation), Charles Perrault (story "Sleeping Beauty") | 6 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Costa ... Princess Aurora (voice)
Bill Shirley ... Prince Phillip (voice)
Eleanor Audley ... Maleficent (voice)
Verna Felton ... Flora / Queen Leah (voice)
Barbara Luddy ... Merryweather (voice)
Barbara Jo Allen ... Fauna (voice)
Taylor Holmes ... King Stefan (voice)
Bill Thompson ... King Hubert (voice)
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Storyline

After a beautiful princess, Aurora, is born in to royalty everyone gathers to exchange gifts. Everything is perfectly fine until an unwanted guest appears, Maleficent. Maleficent casts a spell on the young princess and announces that she will die by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel on the evening of her 16th birthday. Fortunately, one of the good fairies, Merryweather, changes the spell so Aurora will fall asleep, and that the only way to wake her from her sleep is true love's kiss. Finally the day comes. Written by Pat Conolly

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One of the World's best loved stories becomes Walt Disney's Newest, Most Wonderful Motion Picture! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleeping Beauty See more »

Filming Locations:

Loire Valley, Loire, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$51,600,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,600,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

6-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (70 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (35 mm prints)| SDDS (re-release) (1995)| Dolby SR (re-release) (1995)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

One of the first instances when the movie soundtrack album featured the orchestral score instead of just songs from the film. This set the precedent for soundtrack albums that followed. See more »

Goofs

During his revelation of the living palace he has had built for Aurora and Phillip, King Hubert places a bottle of wine at the end of the buffet table behind an elevated bowl of food, but when he and King Stefan proceed to the center to share a laugh, they separate to reveal that the bottle has disappeared from the end of the table to the center. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: In a faraway land, long ago, there lived a King and his fair Queen. Many years they had longed for a child, and finally their wish was granted. A daughter was born, and they called her Aurora. Yes, they named her after the dawn, for she filled their lives with sunshine. Then a great holiday was proclaimed throughout the land, so that all of high or low estate could pay homage to the infant Princess. And our story begins on that most joyful day...
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits say Technirama, but not Super Technirama 70, which is the process it was filmed in. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2008 "Platinum Edition" DVD and Blu-Ray release includes the film in its original Super Technirama 70 aspect ratio of 2.55:1, which makes the movie even wider than when originally presented theatrically in 1959. See more »

Connections

Featured in Special Collector's Edition: Especial Scope (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Once Upon a Dream
(1958) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Sammy Fain and Jack Lawrence
Performed by Chorus during the opening credits and at the end, Mary Costa and Bill Shirley
Performed again by Mary Costa
Whistled by Bill Shirley
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Some films improve with age...'Sleeping Beauty' is one of them...
15 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

When 'Sleeping Beauty' was first released it was the target of critical villification--perhaps because of the more stylized art work. The art work is actually a leap forward from 'Snow White' and the earlier classics. It took me awhile to get used to the new technique when I first viewed the film--but now I recognize how effectively it manages to convey the "feel" of a genuine fairy-tale. A nice discussion of the art work is featured in 'The Making of Sleeping Beauty' which accompanies the latest VHS release of the film. Aside from the richly textured backgrounds and brilliant animation, 'Beauty' is blessed with the rapturous singing voice of Mary Costa's light soprano doing full justice to the ballad, 'Once Upon A Dream'. The idea of using Tchaikovsky's 'Sleeping Beauty' music for the background score and songs was an excellent decision. This is a film that can be enjoyed on so many different levels--music, animation, story, art work--it ranks with the very best of the classic fairy-tales from Disney. And yes, Maleficent, in all of her wicked glory, makes the most impressive fire-breathing dragon you're ever likely to see!


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