Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Clyde Geronimi (1959)

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Based on Charles Perrault's enduring fairy tale, this was Disney's most expensive cartoon to date, costing $6 million and taking ten years to make. It was an ambitious project that made use of the latest technology and state-of-the-art rotoscoping (that is, creating the character by tracing the filmed actions of real people), and the score, based on Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty ballet, was Oscar-nominated. Technical wizardry apart, it's the supporting characters that make the difference, in this case the trio of plump guardians Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, and iconic villainess Maleficent the wicked fairy. Highlights include the suspenseful scene in which Aurora is led in a trance to the fateful spinning wheel, plus the battle royal between Maleficent and Prince Phillip - one of Disney's best climaxes. Despite its many charms and technical mastery it barely made its money back at the box office in 1959, but has since been re-evaluated by successive audiences.


An evil witch places a curse on an infant princess that will cause her to fall into eternal sleep on her 16th birthday. Her three fairy godmothers try unsuccessfully to protect her from the enchantment, and it falls to a brave prince to revive her from her slumber. Disney animated fantasy, with the voices of Mary Costa and Eleanor Audley.

Cast & Crew

Princess Aurora Mary Costa
Prince Phillip Bill Shirley
Flora Verna Felton
Fauna Barbara Jo Allen
Merryweather Barbara Luddy
Maleficent Eleanor Audley
King Stefan Taylor Holmes
King Hubert Bill Thompson
Goons Candy Candido
Director Clyde Geronimi
Director Eric Larson
Director Wolfgang Reitherman
Director Les Clark
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Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Children's