Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

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Director: Les Clark, Clyde Geronimi, Eric Larson, Wolfgang Reitherman

Cast: Les Clark, Clyde Geronimi, Eric Larson, Wolfgang Reitherman

     
 

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In the original story, Princess Aurora sleeps for 100 years before being awakened by a prince's kiss. In the Disney version, Prince Philip comes to her rescue much sooner. George Brun's orchestral score, which was nominated for an Academy Award®, expertly blended famous themes from Tchaikovsky's ballet. With a budget that exceeded $6 million in 1959, this was Walt… See more details below

Overview

In the original story, Princess Aurora sleeps for 100 years before being awakened by a prince's kiss. In the Disney version, Prince Philip comes to her rescue much sooner. George Brun's orchestral score, which was nominated for an Academy Award®, expertly blended famous themes from Tchaikovsky's ballet. With a budget that exceeded $6 million in 1959, this was Walt Disney's most lavish and expensive animated feature to date. Determined to make the characters as realistic as possible, Disney had a live action film shot with actors posing as Sleeping Beauty, the Prince, and Maleficent, for the animators to use. New York Times critic Bosley Crowther called the fight between Prince Philip and Maleficent "the noisiest and scariest go-round he [Disney] has ever put into one of his films."

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Movies like this come along "once upon a dream." Released in 1959, the wildly ambitious and stylistically bold Sleeping Beauty -- at the time the most expensive animated feature ever -- mimicked Walt Disney's similarly grand Fantasia at the box office. That is, it failed. Nevertheless, both films are now considered among Disney's masterworks. This is old-school Disney, with enchanting princess Aurora; spell-breaking Prince Philip; evil villainess Malificent; scene-stealing good fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather; and cute forest creatures to befriend our heroine. Sleeping Beauty makes a royal debut on DVD in a wide-screen presentation that does full justice to the majestic panoramas. The Tchaikovsky-inspired score contains the Disney standard "Once Upon a Dream," as well as the rollicking drinking song "Skumps." The climactic fight between Prince Philip and Maleficent, who transforms herself into a terrible dragon, is the stuff nightmares are made of, and it remains spectacular. It would be another 30 years until the Disney studios reentered the fairy tale realm with The Little Mermaid.
All Movie Guide
The lavish, expensive Sleeping Beauty was something of a throwback for the Walt Disney Company, which had been churning out popular, if slight, live-action films throughout the 1950s. The musical's painstakingly rich animation and the timeless fairy-tale material place it in the same league as other, earlier beloved Disney titles such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937), Pinocchio (1940), or Cinderella (1950). The animation is the most notable aspect of the film: it combines the lush colors of a 1930s Disney film with a distorted, almost expressionistic look. The overall effect is interesting and impressive, if somewhat mannered. The original widescreen format and George Bruns' elegant, Oscar-nominated score -- based on Tchaikovsky's original Sleeping Beauty Ballet -- also contribute to the film's sensuousness.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2008
UPC:
0786936746228
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1A
Time:
1:15:00

Special Features

Two-disc Blu-ray set also includes bonus standard edition DVD Sound: US: English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz/24-bit);
Restored 4.0 Original Theatrical Mix
CAN: English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz/16-bit);
French 7.1 DTS-HD High Resolution Audio (48 kHz/24 bit)
French 5.1 Dolby Digital
Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Live Menus -- Featuring A "Real Time" Castle Environment; All-New Making Of Sleeping Beauty Featurette; Deleted Songs; Movie Chat -- Send Video Messages To Friends During The Movie; Movie Challenge -- Live Trivia Game; Movie Store -- Shop For Add-Ons And Downloads; "Malificent's Challenge" Game; Cine Explore; Never-Before-Seen Alternate Opening; All-New Game: "Briar Rose's Waltz"; All-New Music Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mary Costa Princess Aurora
Bill Shirley Prince Phillip
Eleanor Audley Maleficent
Verna Felton Flora,
Barbara Luddy Merryweather
Bill Thompson King Hubert
Taylor Holmes King Stefan,
Barbara Jo Allen Fauna
Candy Candido Maleficent's goon
Pinto Colvig Maleficent's goon
Dal McKennon Owl
Marvin Miller Narrator

Technical Credits
Clark Director
Clyde Geronimi Director
Eric Larson Director
Wolfgang Reitherman Director
Hal Ambro Animator
Milt Banta Screenwriter
Roy M. Brewer Editor
George Bruns Score Composer
Bob Carlson Animator
Eric Cleworth Animator
Frank Cleworth Animator
Marc Davis Animator
Walt Disney Producer
Blaine Gibson Animator
Donald Da Gradi Production Designer
Donald Halliday Editor
Winston Hibler Screenwriter
Ralph Hulett Animator
Ken Hultgren Animator
Ken Anderson Production Designer
John Kennedy Animator
Hal King Animator
Fred Kopietz Animator
Don Lusk Animator
George Nicholas Animator
Ken O'Brien Animator
Bill Peet Screenwriter
Erdman Penner Screenwriter
Joe Rinaldi Screenwriter
Ted Sears Screenwriter
John Sibley Animator
Henry Tanous Animator
Harvey Toombs Animator
Ralph Wright Screenwriter
Bob Youngquist Animator

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Scene Index

Disc #3 -- Sleeping Beauty: Standard DVD Version
1. Opening Credits ("Once Upon a Dream")
2. "In a Far Away Land Long Ago..."
3. "Hail to the Princess Aurora"
4. The Three Good Fairies
5. The Gifts of Beauty and Song
6. Maleficent Appears
7. Merryweather's Gift
8. The Fairies' Plan
9. Maleficent's Frustration
10. Briar Rose's 16th Birthday
11. Briar Rose in the Forest
12. Prince Phillip Hears a Haunting Voice
13. "I Wonder"
14. Briar Rose's Dream Prince ("Once Upon a Dream")
15. Meanwhile, Back at the Cottage
16. Dueling Wands
17. King Stefan and King Hubert Toast the Future ("Skumps")
18. Phillip's Disappointing News
19. Aurora Returns to the Castle
20. The Curse Is Fulfilled
21. The Sun Sets
22. Putting the Whole Castle to Sleep ("Sleeping Beauty")
23. Phillip Walks Into a Trap
24. In Maleficent's Domain
25. Maleficent Visits Phillip in His Cell
26. The Escape From the Forbidden Mountain
27. A Forest of Thorns
28. Battle With the Forces of Evil
29. The Spell Is Broken
30. A Happy Ending

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