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

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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 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."Disney produced this lavish animated fairy tale, the most expensive cartoon ever made up to its release with a budget of $6 million. When the young princess Aurora is cursed at birth by the evil fairy Maleficent, the baby is kidnapped by a trio of good fairies who raise the girl themselves, hoping to avoid the spell's fulfillment. Nevertheless, at the age of 16, the beautiful Aurora falls into a deep sleep that can only be awakened by a kiss from her betrothed, Prince Phillip. Knowing that Phillip intends to save Aurora, Maleficent takes him prisoner. When the good fairies launch a rescue attempt, Maleficent transforms herself into a spectacular fire-breathing dragon, forcing Phillip to defeat her in mortal combat. Sleeping Beauty (1959) was Oscar nominated for its musical score, which featured adaptations of Tchaikovsky compositions.

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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:
10/07/2014
UPC:
0786936842333
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:15:00
Sales rank:
4,198

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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