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Sleeping Beauty (1959)

 
based on the fairy tale "La Belle au bois dormant" by Charles Perrault, with additional story. Is the sixteenth film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series and the last fairy tale produced by Walt Disney. Film's musical score and songs, featuring the work of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, are arrangements or adaptations of numbers from the 1890 Sleeping Beauty ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It is the first animated feature to be photographed in the Technirama widescreen process.
The last Disney feature to have cels inked by hand. Sleeping Beauty movie was presented in Super Technirama 70 and 6-channel stereophonic sound in first-run engagements.  
Sleeping Beauty 1 - Hubert's son and Stefan's child would be betrothed Hubert's son and Stefan's child would be betrothed And so to her his gift he brought and looked unknowing on his future bride...
 
Sleeping Beauty 2 - Sixteen years, and not a trace Sixteen years, and not a trace She couldn't have vanished into thin air! Are you sure you searched everywhere?
 
Sleeping Beauty 3 - Walk and talk together Walk and talk together Oh, a prince tall and handsome and so romantic and just before we say good-bye, he takes me in his arms and...
 
Sleeping Beauty 4 - We've met before We've met before We have? But don't you remember? Why, of course. You said so...
 
Sleeping Beauty 5 - Say it was Aurora Say it was Aurora Oh, Phillip! Hurry, boy, change into something suitable. We must tell...
 
Sleeping Beauty 6 - Touch the spindle Touch the spindle You poor, simple fools, thinking you could defeat me, the mistress of...
 
Sleeping Beauty 7 - Most wondrous fair Most wondrous fair ...gold of sunshine in her hair, lips that shame the red rose.
 
Sleeping Beauty 8 - Love happy ending Love happy ending Yes, I do too. Blue! Pink. I know you I walked with you once upon a dream...
 
Characters pictures

Princess Aurora
Princess Aurora
Prince Phillip
Prince Phillip
King Stefan
King Stefan
King Hubert
King Hubert
Flora red fairy
Flora red fairy
Fauna green fairy
Fauna green fairy
Merryweather blue fairy
Merryweather blue fairy
Maleficent
Maleficent
Production

Directed by Clyde Geronimi; story adaptation by Erdman Penner; additional story by Bill Peet, Joe Rinaldi, Milt Banta, Ralph Wright, Ted Sears, Winston Hibler; film editing by Roy M. Brewer Jr., Donald Halliday.

Disney artist Eyvind Earle painted the majority of the backgrounds himself. The elaborate paintings usually took seven to ten days to paint.

Sleeping Beauty's production costs, which totaled $6 million, made it the most expensive Disney film up to that point, and over twice as expensive as each of the preceding three Disney animated features
 
Songs

Listen or download original Sleeping Beauty movie songs from soundtrack

Hail the Princess Aurora

One Gift

I Wonder

Once Upon a Dream

The Skumps Song

Sleeping Beauty

Story
The 14th century. The newborn Princess Aurora is named after the Roman goddess of the dawn because she fills the lives of her mother and father, King Stefan and Queen Leah, with sunshine. While still an infant, she is betrothed to Prince Phillip, son of King Hubert. At her christening, the Three Good Fairies - Flora, Fauna and Merryweather - arrive to bless her. Flora gives her the gift of beauty while Fauna gives her the gift of song. The Dark Fairy Maleficent express disappointment in not being invited: The Princess shall indeed grow in grace and beauty, beloved by all who know her. But before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday, she shall prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die. Merryweather is able to use her blessing: Sweet Princess, if through this wicked witch's trick a spindle should your finger prick a ray of hope there still may be in this the gift I give to thee. Not in death, but just in sleep this fateful prophecy you'll keep and from this slumber you shall wake when true love's kiss the spell shall break. Though King Stefan decrees all spinning wheels in the kingdom burned, the Three Good Fairies devise a plan to protect Aurora. They disguise themselves as peasant women and sneak Aurora away with them to a woodland cottage until her sixteen birthday lapses, passing themselves off as her aunts and swearing off magic to conceal themselves. Years later, Aurora, renamed Briar-Rose, had grown into a beauty young woman with the blessings that Flora and Fauna bestowed to her. On the day of her sixteenth birthday, the fairies attempt to make Aurora a gown and a cake. Aurora gathers berries while singing to her animal friends, attracting the attention of Prince Phillip as he is out riding his horse in the woods. When they meet, they instantly fall in love. In the castle, Maleficent uses her magic to lure Aurora away from her boudoir and up to a tower, where a spinning wheel awaits her. Fascinated by the wheel with Maleficent's will enforcing it, Aurora touches the spindle, pricking her finger and completing the curse. The good fairies place Aurora on a bed and place all in the kingdom in a deep ageless sleep until the spell is broken. Prince Phillip arrives at the cottage, but is captured by Maleficent's minions and taken to the dungeons of her lair, "The Forbidden Mountain", to prevent him from kissing Sleeping Beauty. The fairies sneak into Maleficent's stronghold and free the prince. Armed with the magical Sword of Truth and The Shield of Virtue, Phillip and the fairies escape from the Forbidden Mountain whilst being attacked by Maleficent's minions, which the fairies succeed in blocking. After a long fight, Phillip throws the sword, blessed by the fairies' magic, into the dragon's heart, causing Maleficent to fall to her death from a cliff. Phillip climbs to Sleeping Beauty's chamber, and removes the curse with a kiss.


Cast as voices
Mary Costa as Princess Aurora/Sleeping Beauty
Bill Shirley as Prince Phillip
Eleanor Audley as Maleficent
Verna Felton as Flora and Queen Leah
Barbara Jo Allen as Fauna
Barbara Luddy as Merryweather
Taylor Holmes as King Stefan
Bill Thompson as King Hubert
Candy Candido, Pinto Colvig, and Bill Amsbery as Maleficent's Goons
Dallas McKennon as The Owl
Marvin Miller as The Narrator


Trivia

In the original fable, the princess sleeps for 100 years.

Disney's decision to give Earle so much artistic freedom was not popular among the Disney animators, who had until Sleeping Beauty exercised some influence over the style of their characters and settings.

All the live actors' performances were screened for the animators' reference as Walt Disney insisted that much of Sleeping Beauty's character animation be as close to live action as possible

Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty Game is a Parker Brothers children's board game for two to four players.


Quotes

King Hubert: To the wedding! King Stefan: Now, be reasonable, Hubert. After all, Aurora knows nothing about all this.

Flora, Fauna, Merryweather: Surprise! Happy Birthday!
Princess Aurora: Oh, you darlings! This is the happiest day of my life! Everything's so wonderful!


Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards: Best Soundtrack Album, Original Cast - Motion Picture or Television.
Academy Awards (nomination): Best Scoring of a Musical Picture (George Bruns).