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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

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Erdman Penner (story adaptation), Charles Perrault (story "Sleeping Beauty") | 6 more credits »
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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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Share it with someone you love. (1986 re-release) See more »


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La bella durmiente See more »

Filming Locations:

Loire Valley, Loire, France See more »

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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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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)

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

The look of Maleficent was mainly inspired by actress Maila Nurmi's character Vampira who took most of her inspiration from Morticia Addams and coincidentally The Evil Queen from Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). See more »

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When Prince Phillip is caught in the thorns, Merryweather uses her magic to untangle him. A split second after she has freed him, Flora and Fauna arrive and use their magic on the branch, even though he is uncaught. 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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The opening credits say Technirama, but not Super Technirama 70, which is the process it was filmed in. See more »

Alternate Versions

At one point, the Swedish version was slightly edited to remove Prince Phillip hitting the Dragon's snout with his sword, as it was deemed too violent for Swedish children and also not motivated enough. It was eventually restored. See more »

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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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A Disney classic
18 January 2004 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

When I was a little girl, Sleeping Beauty was my all time favorite Disney film. I was so in love with this story, it's crazy how many times I wore out the VHS. But growing up, I lost touch with the story, but I recently bought the DVD and re-watched the film and you know what? I'm still in love with this movie. I really miss these old Disney movies where the animation was so bright and beautiful, the characters were so lovable, and the story was so magical. I'm not bashing Disney films from today, just I'm sure we could all relate on this subject where the older Disney films just had a certain charm about it. Sleeping Beauty is just a timeless story and has so much wonderful romance, I guess since I'm a girl, I just couldn't help but still be in love with this beautiful story.

Princess Aurora is born and is the future queen of her land, three fairy's, Flora, Merryweather, and Fauna bless her with three gifts: beauty and song, right as Merryweather is about to bless Aurora, the evil witch, Maleficent, comes in and curses Aurora that she shall touch a spinning wheel by her 16th birthday and die! Merryweather changes it to where she won't die, but sleep and could only be woke up by the kiss of true love. The fairy's wish to keep this from happening still, so they take Aurora and raise her as their own. One day Aurora on her 16th birthday goes out in the forest and meets the charming and handsome Prince Phillipe, but she doesn't know he's a prince and she doesn't know he's fhe man she's actually betrothed too. She is told by the fairy's that she can never see him again and that she's a princess; later that night the curse happens! Now the fairy's need Phillipe to save Aurora before it's too late.

Everything about Sleeping Beauty is just a perfect Disney film and I can't wait until to show this to my future kids one day. I know that their generation is going to have just the CGI animation, so it's good that at least we still have these films, they're treasures. The voices, the animation, the story, Sleeping Beauty is the most romantic fairy tale that anyone could easily fall in love with. If you are a Disney fan, this is a must see, it's a great family film or if you're just a film buff in general, I'm a grown up and I still tear up when I watch Sleeping Beauty.

10/10


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