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 that can only be awakened by true love's first kiss. Determined to protect her, her parents ask three fairies to raise her in hiding. But the evil Maleficent is just as determined to seal the princess's fate.
Fanciful, disturbing, and wildly original, it announces the arrival of a fresh, bold voice in American cinema.
The best films of this genre always show a path and provide a takeaway for being a better person.
It’s sentimental, ridiculously long and only occasionally funny
It is encouraging that the film ends so strongly.Otherwise, it wouldn't have been a particularly memorable film
Sleeping Beauty is one of those animated Disney movies with some of the best elements ever created by them and at the same time it has drawbacks which stick out like sore thumb. But the greatness of the good stuff is so overwhelming and magical that you would be an asshole not to judge its greatness. Along with Bambi, Sleeping Beauty has the most gorgeous forest landscapes and a colour palette which demonstrates how much colour adds to the mood and impression of differen places, from the green and black of Maleficent's lair and her minions to the pastel colours of Aurora's castle. Speaking of Maleficent, she is bloody brilliant in almost every way. Of the fantasy based Disney villains she and The Horned King are my favourites. The Horned King's design surely is based on her's ;) About the characters: that's one of the movie's most polarising aspect, because the fairy godmothers are great and have the best lines in the movie along with Maleficent. The prince and Aurora are so boring! Our main characters barely say anything through out the movie, Aurora is put to sleep so she is forgiven, but the prince doesn't even utter a single line after saying "goodbye father" and goes out to fight Maleficent. Yeah, that's a major drawback, but everything else is so amazing that it outweighs the obvious flaws. If you like exeptional artwork, great music, entertaining side characters and all power of hell brought to you by The Queen of Darkness herself then you definitely must see Disney's Sleeping Beauty.
The stylized animation is not my cup-of-tea. At the end of the film, the Prince has nothing-to-say and there appears to be some dialogue missing? Otherwise, beautifully drawn with the usual fantastic eye-popping pallet of amazing "Technicolor". Not one of my favorites, but oh! that dragon! As a little kid, on a "glorious black and white TV", it gave me nightmares. Personality is everything and the Prince comes off as totally wooden in character. The great (adapted) Tchaikovsky Ballet music. Only 1 significant Oscar nominated song ("I Know You"). Today,it being made in "Technirama 70" widescreen is no big deal, but the format gave the artists many production headaches. The story is otherwise very well told but there are so many Disney animations (and movies) that I like so much better. Yes, it is the animation style. The backgrounds look terrible. That's what is wrong with it. Also, it somehow looks rushed-to-market. (Only 75 minutes long.) Read more about the "trials and tribulations" regarding this troubled production in "The Art of Walt Disney". It almost dragged Walt Disney Studios into financial ruin with its cost overruns! Almost "out-of-print" except for ridiculously over-priced $35 copies, some not even Blu-Ray. A 2014 disc reissue apparently was very successful or demand was under-anticipated?
This film is the adaptation to animation film of the folk tale "Sleeping Beauty" by Charles Perrault. Directed by Clyde Geronimi, has a script by Erdman Penner and the voices of Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley and other voice actors.The story needs no introduction, as well as any comment to the script, which is basically a reproduction of the tale. Its one of the stories that accompanied the childhood of everyone, and that everyone learned and love. And there was no better way to immortalize it than let Disney do this film, with all the magic usually employed in his works. The dubbing work was very well done and the voices are excellent, the drawings were exquisitely made, the traditional way, as was done before the beginning of digital technologies. The soundtrack, from George Burns, earned the nomination for the Oscar and is excellent in every way, helping to make this film one of the most striking and romantic of Disney's career, and one of the most classic among the several classics that this film studio gave to the world cinema.Timeless, immortal like the story it portrays, this film will continue to be seen and admired for generations, regardless of age, culture or language.
Walt Disney wanted Sleeping Beauty to look completely different to the rest of Disney's animated features and be the pinnacle of animation at the time. In a number areas that was certainly achieved. Though not a success on its release, Sleeping Beauty is a visual wonder and has some of the best elements ever put in a Disney film. The film based itself around both the Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm versions, as well as using points from the Tchaikovsky ballet. It revolves around a princess cursed to fall into a sleep on her 16th birthday by pricking her finger on a spinning wheel, from which she can only be awaken by her true love. It's a story that is widely known, but what makes the film so effective are the methods used to tell it.There's only one major issue with the film and sadly it's with the main characters. Both Aurora and Prince Phillip are incredibly dull. Aurora does practically nothing of note, all she does is stand around looking pretty or sing with the animals and she just comes off as plain boring. In her defence she is asleep for the second half of the film, but it's difficult to care for her as we know nothing about her because we never get an insight into her character. Prince Phillip is equally as uninteresting. He gets a few funny moments at first, but his attraction to Aurora is rushed and he doesn't really have a personality. He is the focal point of the climax, but he doesn't say a word during it which is odd and gets rather tedious.Elsewhere however the characters are fantastic. The three fairies are wonderful and are effectively the true heroes of the film. They all have distinct personalities without being clichéd, they provide a good balance of appropriate comedy as well drama and the voice actresses (including regulars Verna Felton and Barbara Luddy) do excellent jobs. The two kings who flip-flop between bickering and friendliness get a few good laughs too. With that said, what really pushes the film to great heights is Maleficent who is easily one of Disney's greatest ever villains. It is frighteningly evil the sheer lengths she'll go to over being snubbed at a party, showing that she is simply a superb mix of terrifying and cunning. Her design is a perfect blend of scary and stylish, while Eleanor Audley's classy voice adding even more punch to the character.The animation is simply stunning, completely different to anything Disney had done before or done since. It reminds me a lot of tapestry work or medieval art. It isn't as bright as previous films and everything is drawn in a more realistic style that gives the film an added uniqueness. The overly angular design and muted colour scheme work brilliantly in this respect too. The backgrounds are very flat and allow for the characters to pop out more, but the amount of detail that goes into them is incredible. The forests and castles are just beautiful to look at. The score is equally as good, coming straight from the famed ballet. It allows for some wonderful melodies and some great builds of tension, with songs such as 'Once Upon A Dream' also being very enjoyable.Another impressive aspect is the films atmosphere. There is a great deal of tension present throughout the film and an ever building sense of dread that makes everything at stake seem all the more important. I also enjoy how unsettling the film can be, the whole sequence involving the spinning wheel is extremely creepy thanks to the visuals and the haunting music which are both used expertly. The film also has a lot of slower moments that work in its favour in allowing the atmosphere to build up. There's also a lot more action and intensity than you would expect, in fact the climax is one of Disney's best. It keeps on building in obstacles that Prince Philip must face and Maleficent becoming a dragon takes it all to another level.On the whole I'd say Sleeping Beauty is one of Disney's strongest works from their golden age. It does have its faults mainly in its two leads who are very dull, but what it does well it does incredibly well. As said this is possibly Disney's best looking film, certainly one of their most unique, and it's a film worth viewing for the visuals alone. I think the fairies are very enjoyable, there is a wonderfully sense of atmosphere throughout and the music is fantastic. Maleficent is one of Disney's greatest villains, whenever she appears you can't take your eyes away and she has everything you would want in a villain. It's a film that rewards repeated viewings and one that is always engaging whenever I watch it.