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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.

Directors:

Clyde Geronimi, Les Clark (uncredited) | 2 more credits »

Writers:

Erdman Penner (story adaptation), Charles Perrault (story "Sleeping Beauty") | 6 more credits »
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3,833 ( 271)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 5 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 the beautiful Princess Aurora is born into royalty, everyone gathers to celebrate. Everything is perfectly fine until an unwanted guest appears, the evil fairy Maleficent. Maleficent curses the young princess and announces that she will die by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel before sunset on her 16th birthday. Fortunately, one of the good fairies, Merryweather, changes the spell so Aurora will fall into a deep sleep instead, and 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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Trivia

Viewers never get to find out what gift Merryweather was meant to bestow upon the princess--wisdom or compassion would have been obvious choices--but according to the platinum edition DVD's commentary, her gift was going to be happiness. See more »

Goofs

Flora's eyes change from green to brown and back to green during the movie, and this was not corrected for the DVD or blu-ray release. See more »

Quotes

[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

Referenced in Studio C: Episode #2.7 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Sleeping Beauty Ballet
(1890)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Tchaikovsky)
Source of score and song adaptations
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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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Official Sites:

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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

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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)| Stereo (1959)| Stereo (YouTube release)

Color:

Color | Color (YouTube)| Color (35mm)| Color (70mm)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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