Sleeping Beauty

1959

Action / Animation / Family / Fantasy / Musical / Romance

201
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 80%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 116822

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Cast

Mae Questel as Goons
Mel Blanc as Samon the Horse
Eleanor Audley as Maleficent
Verna Felton as Flora
720p.BLU
600.44 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 15 min
P/S 12 / 108

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by castielfan89 5 / 10

Not anything to really care about

This movie was so boring until the very ending. The music is forgettable and Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) is the worst Disney princess she has nothing going for her in anyway. Her voice isn't too good, her looks don't really stand out and she has no character development I mean she's only in 18 minutes of the film. This was wasted potential she could have been better if they tried. The only thing that saves this movie from being utter trash is Maleficent. Her humor I funny and she is a delight to watch as well as watching the prince go out to save the princess. Trust me all you have to do is watch the first 10 mins and the skip to the last 30 mineutes and you will perfectly fine.

Reviewed by mike48128 9 / 10

Misses the mark due to a weak prince. Terrific Dragon!

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?

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 10 / 10

An entertainment masterpiece!

Copyright 1959 by Walt Disney Productions. New York opening at the Criterion: 17 February 1959. U.S. release through Buena Vista: March 1959. U.K. release through Walt Disney: 7 August 1959. Australian release through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer: 24 December 1959. 75 minutes.

SYNOPSIS: There is much rejoicing in the kingdom for a daughter is born to King Stefan and his queen. Both Stefan and visiting King Hubert, the ruler of a neighboring country, have long wished to unite their lands by the marriage of their children. On this occasion they announce the betrothal of young Prince Phillip to the infant Princess Aurora. Outside the castle, knights and their ladies, townspeople and peasants, join in a joyous processional. While the nobility are celebrating within the great hall, a shaft of light suddenly appears and floating down it come the tiny figures of three good fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. Waving their magic wands they bestow on the baby their favors: Flora, the gift of beauty; Fauna, the gift of song, but before Merryweather can bestow the gift of happiness, Maleficent, the evil witch, appears in a blinding flash of lightning. Angered at not being invited to the festivities she prophesies that before the sun sets on Aurora's sixteenth birthday she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die.

NOTES: "Sleeping Beauty", Walt Disney's $6,000,000 animated production in Technicolor and Technirama, is dormant in title only. Six years of sustained effort went into it. For Disney, who liked to tackle the impossible and usually achieved it, this cartoon feature was his most challenging. "Hundreds of our top artists and craftsmen were involved in the picture" Disney declared at the time. "It took a million drawings to bring 'Sleeping Beauty' to life on the screen."

The big screen imposed tremendous added labors on the artists. They had to move their characters in larger fields of action. They had to create different color schemes and a new landscape for the classic tale. The mathematical calculations became much more intricate. Every phase of artistry and mechanics which together comprise the art of animation, the art of drawing in motion, had to be revamped. "In fact, the most difficult barrier for the artists was to keep them from covering old ground used in former cartoon classics — to keep their concepts fresh and talents sharp."

Directing animator Marc Davis handled both Sleeping Beauty herself (otherwise known as both Princess Aurora and Briar Rose) and Maleficent. Helene Stanley was the live model for Beauty, whilst Jane Fowler posed for Maleficent and Ed Kemmer for the Prince.

Filmed in Technirama 70mm, "Sleeping Beauty" was printed and projected anamorphically at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Initial worldwide film rentals gross returned only $5.3 million, a long way short of recouping the movie's $6 million negative cost, plus print, advertising and distribution overheads.

COMMENT: This Disney DVD rates 10/10. The wide anamorphic screen is always full of movement. Absolutely chock-a-block. Never has the wide-wide screen been used so effectively — in either an animated or a live action film. Disney artistry at its super best, "Sleeping Beauty" is an entertainment masterpiece.

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