Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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.
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Strong acting helps the film overcome an uncertain premise and create characters that hold our attention absolutely.
Sleeping Beauty is based on Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault.Animation is very good.Music always makes me smile.This movie also has my favourite Disney villain,an evil fairy Maleficent.She is so elegant,but at the same time very evil and makes you afraid of her(her fairy tale counterperant is not as evil).It also helps that she is voiced wonderfully by Eleanor Audley,who had tuberculosis while filming this ,which makes it quite hard considering who much Maleficent laughs.A very pretty movie that will make you smile.
Other reviewers have touched upon the use of music as an emotional catalyst and the surreal artistry and animation of this film, and I wholeheartedly agree that Disney takes the art to an entirely new level in this film. But there's another, more subtle element not mentioned in other reviews... When you compare the sweet, simplicity of Aurora with the sexy sophistication of Maleficent, it's quite obvious that the animators were telling us, with a wink and a nod, that bad girls might be sexy and alluring, but that in the end, we should settle down with a nice girl. The fact that they create such an incredibly hot villainess however, ensures we understand the subtext: Bad girls are hot and beautiful, dangerous girls are the standard against which lesser women will always be measured. I saw this as a child and have been a fan of naughty women ever since. Excellent film!
That is my favorite quote from this Disney classic. Disney really didn't shy away from being real and didn't try to stay completely G rated. And I love that about this film. Maleficent is an excellent villainous, she has the perfect evil look and the voicing is great too, fits the character well. The fairies are great lovable characters. I always forget which is which but I know they're flora fauna and maryweather, hope I didn't butcher the names lol. But anyways, the fairies that guard and look after Aurora as a child are very colorful and fun characters which makes the movie overall more fun and fitting for kids to love. Aurora is an alright Disney princess, I don't know she's just not a very good character to me personally. Now I did like Prince Philip as a character, he's a charming lovable male love interest. I would've liked the romance between Aurora and Philip better if Aurora wasn't so bland and boring as a character. Aurora really is the only part of the movie I just don't really care for. The rest is great and very entertaining. This is yet another Disney movie that I do recommend for a fun family movie night. The action is fun and engaging and I especially loved the special effects, they're the best when it comes to Maleficent. 8/10.
Classic Disney fairy tale adaptation about a princess named Aurora who is cursed by an evil witch named Maleficent. Lovely in every way with memorable characters and scenes that have stood the test of time. The animation is beautiful and stylish with rich, vibrant colors. The voice actors all do wonderful work. If I had a complaint, it would be that the narrator is rather bland. Someone with a stronger voice would have been better. But it's a minor thing in a film that is so wonderful from start to finish. The Tchaikovsky music is amazing and the song "Once Upon a Dream" is a real gem. I'm no film historian but it seems like, in many ways, this movie represents the end of an era for animated Disney films that began with Snow White in 1937. There would certainly be some great movies to come, even some classics, but they wouldn't have quite the same grand feeling and charming old-fashioned qualities of the films from this era.