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Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Princess Aurora, who, as a baby is cursed by the evil Maleficent, to die at the age of 16 by pricking her finger on a spinning wheel.

She is taken away to a cottage, deep in the forest, and cared for by the three good fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, who disguise her as Briar Rose. But despite their best efforts, Aurora is found and enticed to the spinning wheel, where she pricks her finger on the spindle. The fairies place everyone in the castle into a deep sleep until the spell can be broken.

Years pass by until one day, Prince Phillip comes across the castle and destroys Maleficent who has transformed into a fire-breathing dragon. He awakens Aurora with a kiss and they all live happily ever after.

75 minutes long.

Release Date

January 29, 1959.

Re-released in 1970, 1979, and 1986.
Released on home video in 1986.

Cast List

Directed By:
Clyde Geronimi

Written By:
Milt Banta
Winston Hibler
Bill Peet
Erdman Penner
Charles Perrault
Joe Rinaldi
Ted Sears

Marc Davis
Hal Ambro
Hal King
Harvey Toombs
Ken O'Brien
Iwao Takamoto
John Kennedy.


Once Upon A Dream
I Wonder
Sleeping Beauty
Hail to Princess Aurora

Fun Facts

The film is based on the Charles Perrault version of Sleeping Beauty.
In his original story, Aurora sleeps for 100 years before being woken, but in the Disney version, the Prince comes to her rescue much sooner.
Briar Rose is the Sleeping Beauty's name the German fairytale. Princess Aurora is Sleeping Beauty's name in the Italian version.
The film budget exceeded $6 million in 1959, and was Walt Disney's most lavish and expensive animated feature to date.
The orchestral score, by George Brun, blended themes from Tchaikovsky's ballet, and was nominated for an Academy Award.
The musical score was recorded by the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.
In order to make the characters look as realistic as possible, they shot live action film with actors posing as Aurora, Prince Phillip and Maleficent, for the animators to use.

When Merryweather magically creates cookies they are Mickey Mouse shaped.


Maleficent: Listen well, all of you. The Princess shall indeed grow in grace and beauty, beloved by all who know her. But, before the sun sets on her 16th birthday, she shall prick her finger, on the spindle of a spinning wheel - AND DIE!

Merryweather: 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.

Maleficent: Now shall you deal with ME, O Prince - and all the powers of HELL!

Prince Phillip: You're living in the past father, this is the 14th century!

Flora: Now sword of truth, fly swift and sure, that evil die and good endure!

Maleficent: A forest of thorns shall be his tomb, borne through the skies on a fog of doom! Now go with a curse and serve me well! 'Round Stefan's castle, cast my spell!




DVD & Soundtrack

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DVD Bonus Features

  • Rescue Aurora Set-Top Adventure Game
  • All-New Music Video "Once Upon (Another) Dream" By Hit Pop Group no secrets
  • Exclusive Disney Art Project
  • All-New Music Video "Once Upon (Another) Dream" By Hit Pop Group no secrets
  • Sing-Along Song With SLEEPING BEAUTY
  • "Once Upon A Dream: The Making Of SLEEPING BEAUTY"
  • Academy Award®-Winning Short "Grand Canyon" (1958 Best Live Action Short Film)
  • Princess Personality Game
  • SLEEPING BEAUTY Ink And Paint Game
  • SLEEPING BEAUTY 3-D Virtual Galleries
  • Story Reel: "The Capture Of The Prince" -- View The Original Story Sequence In Which Maleficent Captures Prince Phillip
  • Story Reel: "The Fairies Put The Castle To Sleep" -- View The Original Story Sequence In Which Flora, Fauna, And Merryweather Put Everyone In The Castle To Sleep.
  • Widescreen-to-Fullscreen Comparison
  • The Design -- Film Historian Leonard Maltin, Original SLEEPING BEAUTY Artists Eyvind Earle And Ollie Johnston, And POCAHONTAS Co-Director Eric Goldberg Share Their Thoughts On The Design Of The Film.
  • Creating The Backgrounds
  • Helene Stanley Dance Reference -- Live Action Reference Footage Featuring Helene Stanley Dancing As Princess Aurora While Disney Animators Sketch Her.
  • Live Action Reference Of Prince Phillip
  • The Music
  • Original Trailers
  • The Restoration -- A Highly Sophisticated Computer-Aided Restoration Of The Film Was Undertaken In 1998, Which Involved Meticulously Restoring 118,000 Frames Of Film.
  • "The Peter Tchaikovsky Story" -- Originally Broadcast On The 1959 "Disneyland" TV Show
  • Four Artists Paint One Tree -- Walt Disney Hosts This Special Look At The Techniques Used By Four Of The Artists Who Worked On SLEEPING BEAUTY.


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The tiara that the fairies give to Aurora doesn't have any jewels in it, but later in the movie when Maleficent shows Aurora to the fairies, the tiara has rubies in it.
When the fairies are preparing Briar Rose's birthday party they lock the front door, but when she returns from picking berries she opens the door easily.
Flora is shown to close the drapes in Aurora's bedroom, but then throughout the movie the drapes are open.
King Hubert attacks King Stefan with a fish, then puts the fish in his belt, but seconds later the fish has gone.

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