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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Princess Aurora (voice)
... Prince Phillip (voice)
... Maleficent (voice)
... Flora / Queen Leah (voice)
Barbara Luddy ... Merryweather (voice)
... Fauna (voice)
... 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 up were the tears from her true love. Finally the day comes. Will she be left to sleep forever? Written by Pat Conolly

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Wondrous to see... Glorious to hear... A magnificent new motion picture! See more »


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Release Date:

9 July 1959 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

La bella durmiente  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,548,698, 21 March 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,600,000
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(1939 Reissue) (RCA Sound Recording) (Stereo)| (1939 Reissue) (RCA Sound Recording) (Stereo)| (1939 Reissue) (RCA Sound Recording) (Stereo)| (re-release) (1995)| (re-release) (1995)

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(Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Walt Disney's constant mantra to his animators was that the film could not be like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). See more »

Goofs

When Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather are flying quickly back to the cottage, they are glowing in their respective colors (red, green, and blue). However in a close-up, Flora is glowing green, while Fauna is glowing red. See more »

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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 »

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Featured in Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toon Town (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Sleeping Beauty Ballet
(1890)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Tchaikovsky)
Source of score and song adaptations
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Good Disney cartoon features Tchaikowsky's ballet
21 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This Disney cartoon feature has the familiar-princess-in-distress theme of a lovely girl, kind fairies, a handsome prince, forbidding castles and an evil witch. A perceived slight by a king and queen enrages a sorceress who casts an evil spell on the child that will take effect on her sixteenth birthday. Only her prince charming's kiss can save the girl from an unhappy fate and the frightening Maleficent stops at nothing to locate the princess in order to bring her prophecy to fruition. There are several pitched battles between the prince and the fairies against the forces of evil that accelerates into an exciting combat at the finish. The picture is bathed in beautiful color and the music of Tchaikowsky's ballet serves as a wonderful musical accompaniment.


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