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|
"Sleeping Beauty" is definitely a classic among the Disney animated features. It bears the distinction of being the first to be shot in 70mm widescreen format. The score borrows much from Tchaikovsky's classic ballet based on the Brothers Grimm tale. The art is beautiful, being inspired by medieval art. And the characters are delightful, particularly the three Good Fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. Malificient makes for a wonderful villainess, with awesome magical powers. Even those who would not call this Disney's best animated feature should agree that it harkens back to the famed studio's golden age. It's a classic that all ages can treasure!