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Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty
Movie Information

Air dateJanuary 29, 1959
Written byErdman Penner (adaptation)
Joe Rinaldi
Winston Hibler
Bill Peet
Ted Sears
Ralph Wright
Milt Banta
Directed byClyde Geronimi
Les Clark
Eric Larson
Wolfgang Reitherman
Production codeAA001
Box office$51,600,000
Running Time76 minutes
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Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and is based on the fairy tale "La Belle au bois dormant".

Plot

After many childless years, King Stefan and Queen Leah welcome the birth of their daughter, Aurora. They proclaim a holiday for the high and low estate to pay homage to the princess. At the gathering of the christening by everyone in the kingdom, she is betrothed to Prince Phillip, the young son of King Hubert, so that the kingdoms of Stefan and Hubert will be forever united. Also attending are the three good fairies, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, who have come to bless the child with gifts. The first fairy, Flora, gives the princess the gift of beauty, while the next fairy, Fauna, gives her the gift of song. Before Merryweather is able to give her blessing, a wicked fairy named Maleficent appears and, though angry about her having been left out, is willing to let the sleight pass; however, when Merryweather tells Maleficent the reason for Maleficent's exclusion was "You weren't wanted," the evil witch then curses the princess, proclaiming that, while she will indeed be beautiful and graceful, and before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday, she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die. After this, she laughs evily before disappearing. Merryweather is able to use her blessing to weaken the curse, so that instead of death, Aurora will fall into a deep sleep from which she can only be awakened by true love's kiss. Though King Stefan orders all spinning wheels in the kingdom to be burned, the three fairies know Maleficent's spell cannot be stopped that easily and devise a plan to protect Aurora. They disguise themselves as peasant women and with the King and Queen's consent they sneak Aurora away with them to a woodcutter's cottage in the forest until her sixteenth birthday passes. As the years pass, Maleficent rages to her bestial minions the sheer impossibility of how the princess has managed to evade her for so many years. Her bumbling guards reveal that they had been looking for a baby the whole time, not realizing that the princess would have grown up. Disgusted at their idiocy, Maleficent dispatches her pet raven to search. Years later, Aurora, renamed Briar Rose, has grown into a beautiful young girl with the blessings that Flora and Fauna bestowed to her. Sweet, gentle and kind, she dreams of falling in love one day. On her sixteenth birthday, the three fairies ask Rose to gather berries in the forest so they can prepare a surprise party for her. While singing in the forest, Rose attracts the attention of Prince Phillip, now a handsome young man, as he is out riding his horse, Samson. When they meet, they instantly fall in love. Realizing that she has to return home, Rose flees from Phillip without ever learning his name, but asks him to come to her cottage that evening. While she is out, Flora and Merrywether argue about whether Aurora's gown should be pink or blue, attracting the attention of Maleficent's pet raven, revealing the location of the long-missing Aurora. Back at home, the fairies tell Rose the truth and escort the now-heartbroken princess back to her parents. Meanwhile, Phillip tells his father of a peasant girl he met and wishes to marry in spite of his prearranged marriage to Princess Aurora. King Hubert tries to convince Phillip to marry the princess instead of the peasant girl, but fails. In a room within the palace, Maleficent lures Aurora away from the fairies through a secret entrance behind a fireplace and up a staircase to an empty room, where an enchanted spinning wheel awaits her. Aurora touches the spindle, pricking her finger and completing the curse mere moments before sundown. The good fairies place Aurora on a bed in the highest tower and place a powerful charm on all the people in the kingdom, causing them to fall in a deep sleep until the spell is broken. Before falling asleep, King Hubert tells Stefan of his son being in love with a peasant girl, which the fairies overhear. The fairies realize that Prince Phillip is the man with whom Aurora has fallen in love. However, Prince Phillip, arriving at the peasant girl's home, is kidnapped by Maleficent and her minions to prevent him from breaking her spell. The fairies discover Phillip's hunting cap in the ravaged woodcutter's cottage and realize that Maleficent has taken Phillip prisoner. They then journey to the Forbidden Mountain and sneak into Maleficent's castle to rescue him. They follow Maleficent to the dungeon where she taunts Phillip, showing him the peasant girl he fell in love with was really the princess who now sleeps peacefully and is dreaming of her true love. She tells him she plans to keep him locked away until he's an old man on the verge of death, then release him to meet his sleeping love, who will not have aged a day. She leaves him, laughing with delight at his rage. The fairies enter the chamber, release the prince, and arm him with the magical Sword of Truth and the Shield of Virtue. Phillip and the fairies then escape from the prison cell and encounter Maleficent's minions(cats) who try to stop Phillip from escaping. After their failed attempts with help by the fairies, Maleficent surrounds Stefan's palace with a forest of thorns, but when that fails to stop Phillip, Maleficent transforms into a gigantic dragon to battle the prince herself. Ultimately, Phillip throws the sword, blessed by the fairies' magic, directly into Maleficent's heart, causing Maleficent to fall to her death from a cliff and disintegrate into ash. Phillip enters the palace and goes up the highest tower to awaken Aurora with a kiss. The spell over her is broken and everyone else in the palace also awakens too. The royal couple descends to the ball taking place in the ballroom, where Aurora is happily reunited with her parents. The fairies resume their argument over the color of Aurora's dress, the last color to appear being pink. Aurora and Prince Phillip live happily ever after.

Major Events

  • Princess Aurora was born, given blessings from good fairies, but was given a curse by Malificent.
  • Princess Aurora slept for a hundred years.
  • Aurora was kissed by Phillip and she and the other palace settlers woke up.
  • Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip fell in love and became a couple.

Characters

Cast

  • Mary Costa as Princess Aurora.
  • Eleanor Audley as Maleficent.
  • Verna Felton as Flora & Queen Leah.
  • Barbara Jo Allen as Fauna.
  • Barbara Luddy as Merryweather.
  • Bill Shirley as Prince Phillip.
  • Taylor Holmes as King Stefan.
  • Bill Thompson as King Hubert.
  • Marvin Miller as The Narrator.
  • Candy Candido, Pinto Colvig, Bill Amsbery, and Dallas McKennon as Maleficent's Goons.
  • Dallas McKennon as The Owl.
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