Appearing only 18 minutes in the movie the adult Briar Rose/Aurora has the fewest screen time of any princess. She is often seen as having the most heroic prince, the one who braves a castle’s dungeon and a dragon to save his princess. This movie wasn’t as successful as Cinderella it was only a few years later that people saw the detail and different visual style that it held.
It is the 16th animated classic and it’s the last fairy tale produced by Walt Disney, the next one The Little Mermaid would be made a few years after his death. Though not successful during his lifetime it was re-released in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and made it the second most successful film in 1959 when adding in the money it made in the re-releases.
Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty was based upon Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, or Spyashchaya krasavitsa, a ballet.
• In the beginning the king and queen invite six fairies to bestow gifts upon their daughter but they forget one fairy who arrives and curses the princess. The last fairy changes the curse so that instead of dying she’ll sleep for a hundred years.
• During her 16th birthday, having lived with her parents her whole life, she receives four royal suitors who give her gifts. She is then given a spindle by the disguised evil fairy, Aurora pricks her finger, the princes leave for their native countries out of fear. The last fairy arrives and places everyone in a sleep to awake when Aurora does.
• A hundred years later a Prince is on a hunting party and he departs unhappy to be alone, when the last fairy arrives with a vision of Aurora he’s lead to the castle where he kisses her and the rest of the kingdom awake.
• Wedding preparations are made and fairies invited and everything ends well for the happy couple.
The voice of Aurora is Mary Costa, after auditioning for the part she received a personal call from Walt Disney who told her she got the part. She would later go on to be a famous Opera singer she was even asked by Jacqueline Kennedy to sing at her husband’s memorial service. She is still alive at the ripe age of 81, on April 5th of this year (2012) she’ll turn 82.
The music in Sleeping Beauty isn’t as extensive as previous movies but it is simultaneously well known
1. Once Upon a Dream – Main Title
2. Hail to the Princess Aurora
3. The Gifts of Beauty and Song
4. I Wonder
5. Once Upon a Dream
6. Skumps (Drinking Song)
7. Once Upon a Dream – Finale
Containing no deleted songs or scenes this movie continues to be widely known for its artistic design.