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.
|Release Date||:||January 28, 1959|
|Genres||:||Fantasy, Animation, Romance, Family|
|Production Company||:||Walt Disney Productions|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Clyde Geronimi, Eric Larson, Les Clark, Wolfgang Reitherman|
|Writers||:||Erdman Penner, Charles Perrault, Erdman Penner, Charles Perrault|
|Casts||:||Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy, Barbara Jo Allen, Taylor Holmes, Bill Thompson, Rosa Crosby|
|Plot Keywords||:||sleep, prince, fairy tale, musical, kiss, princess, sleeping beauty, animation|
This Disney cartoon feature has the familiar-princess-in-distress theme of a lovely girl, kind fairies, a handsome prince, forbidding castles and an evil witch. A perceived slight by a king and queen enrages a sorceress who casts an evil spell on the child that will take effect on her sixteenth birthday. Only her prince charming's kiss can save the girl from an unhappy fate and the frightening Maleficent stops at nothing to locate the princess in order to bring her prophecy to fruition. There are several pitched battles between the prince and the fairies against the forces of evil that accelerates into an exciting combat at the finish. The picture is bathed in beautiful color and the music of Tchaikowsky's ballet serves as a wonderful musical accompaniment.