Sleeping Beauty Walt Disney´s 16th animated feature and masterpiece of the time.
The production started with the story in 1951 then in 1952 the voices were recorded and the animation took from 1953 to 1958 to finish.
In charge of how to give the movie a uniqe look Walt gave Eyvind Earle the position of color stylist and chief background designer.
Disney's decision to give Earle so much artistic freedom was not popular among the Disney animators, who had until Sleeping Beauty exercised some influence over the style of their characters and settings
It was also the first time the studio experimented with the Xerox process. Woolie Reitherman used it on the dragon as a way to enlarge and reduce its size, but due to the primitive equipment available in this early test, the Xerox lines were then replaced with traditional ink and paint.
Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston: The tree fairy´s
Marc Davies: Aurora and Malificent
Princess Aurora/Briar Rose, voiced by Mary Costa.
Maleficent, voiced by Eleanor Audley.
Flora the red fairy, voiced by Verna Felton
Fauna the green fairy, voiced by Barbara Jo Allen
Merryweather the blue fairy, voiced by Barbara Luddy
Prince Phillip, voiced by Bill Shirley.
King Stefan, voiced by Taylor Holmes.
King Hubert, voiced by Bill Thompson.
The Narrator, voiced by Marvin Miller
Here is a short description of the main forces in the movie
Aurora and Price Phillip
The Princess cursed to sleep for a hundred years and the Prince who is destined to awaken her.
They are the main characters and the movie is about their love.
The three good Fairies
Flora, Fauna and Merryweather is the force of good in the world and they help out when needed.
They adopt Aurora and loves her as their own child and have a very hard time when she is to return to the castle.
Malificent and Diablo
This is the villain of the story Malificent is described as Evil personified and Mistress of evil.
Diablo is her pet/minion raven.
The story takes place in an unspecified country and it show a few special places like the cottage and Malificent´s castle.
After many childless years, King Stefan and Queen Leah welcomed the arrival of their daughter, Aurora. The newborn Princess Aurora is named after the Roman goddess of the dawn because she fills the lives of her mother and father, King Stefan and Queen Leah, with sunshine. While still an infant, she is betrothed to the also-young Prince Phillip, son of King Hubert, so that the kingdoms of Stefan and Hubert will be forever united. At her christening, the Three Good Fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather arrive to bless her. Flora gives her the gift of beauty while Fauna gives her the gift of song. Before Merryweather can give her blessing, the wicked fairy Maleficent appears, expressing disappointment in not being invited to Aurora's christening ceremony and curses the princess to die when she touches a spinning wheel's spindle before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday. Maleficent leaves, and Merryweather is able to use her blessing to weaken the curse so that instead of death, Aurora will fall into a deep sleep until she is awakened by true love's kiss. Though King Stefan decrees all spinning wheels in the kingdom burned, the Three Good Fairies know Maleficent's curse cannot be stopped that easily and devise a plan to protect her. With the king and queen's consent, they disguise themselves as peasant women and sneak Aurora away with them to a woodland cottage until her sixteen birthday lapses, passing themselves off as her aunts and swearing off magic to conceal themselves.
My Favorite Moments
Like with my other reviews i will now talk a little about my favorite scenes in the movie.
First off we have the scene where the fairies are prepare for Aurora´s birthday surprise.
It´s hilarious with the magic war about the color of the dress and the unsuccesful cake.
And the music is beautiful.
Next is the scene where they sing "Once upon a dream" to be honest i think this is the wrong way to have people fall in love its too fast for my taste.
But i have to say that it´s still a very cute scene with beautiful music.
And lastly we have the battle with the dragon Malificent.
This an amazing scene, it really shows how talented the writers and animators at Disney were at that time.
It went by a little to fast if i should be picky but who cares really?
Sadly i can´t find a message or morale in this story so please if you have one tell me.
The Story gets 8/10
It´s exciting and it´s really well written.
The Characters gets 6/10
We see to little of Aurora and It feels to me like The fairies and Malificent is the most developed characters.
The Art gets 10/10
No complaints here athe art is amazing and very beautiful.
So i give the movie itself a solid 8/10
I hope you have enjoyed this and i hope you comment and say if you agree or disagree with what i have said here.