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A beautiful princess born in a faraway kingdom is destined by a terrible curse to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep which can only be awakened by true love's first kiss. Though the titular princess is on par with the rest of Disney's essential heroines, most of the fun arises from the trio of charming fairies entrusted with her care: Flora, Fauna, and Meriweather. Meanwhile the evil Malificent may just be Disney's most chilling villainess. This classic makes wondrous use of Tchaikovsky's same-titled ballet score, which earned SLEEPING BEAUTY an Academy Award nomination for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.
Clyde Geronimi - Disney Animation Director
Walt Disney - American Producer/Director
Walter Elias Disney - American Producer/Director
Roy M. Brewer Jr.
Bill Shirley - Actor/Voice-Overs
Eleanor Audley - Actress, SLEEEPING BEAUTY (1959); CINDERELLA (1950)
Barbara Luddy - Actress/Voice-Overs
Milt Kahl - Disney animation director
Frank Thomas - Disney animation director
Ollie Johnston - Disney animation director
Marc Davis - Disney animation director
Erdman Penner - Writer/"Pinocchio"
Barbara Jo Allen
Taylor Holmes - American Character Actor
John Lounsbery - Disney animation director
Theatrical release: 1959. Rereleased 1970, 1979, and 1986. SLEEPING BEAUTY is the 16th full-length animated feature from Walt Disney Pictures.
"...One of Disney's most elaborate extravaganzas..." - 09/19/1997 USA Today, p.13D
"...Arguably the most important film in the formidable Disney oeuvre..." - 09/01/2003 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.118
"...Walt Disney's cornerstone opus. If you think you know it too well to bother taking another look, this presentation will give you Technicolor pause..." - 09/15/2003 Variety, p.33
"[The soundtrack] keyed to Tchaikovsky's lush ballet score, has a majestic heft." - 10/24/2008 Entertainment Weekly, p.54
"With its two-dimensional figures and flattened perspectives, the Walt Disney classic SLEEPING BEAUTY imitates the look of an illuminated manuscript from the Middle Ages, but its bright, buzzing colors...are unmistakably those of midcentury America." - 10/13/2008 New York Times
5 stars out of 5 -- "This is the experimental, boundary-pushing Disney....Its spare and elegant world lingering with you long after the lovers dance into the sunset." - 11/01/2008 Empire, p.191