Plot & Details
Disney produced this lavish animated fairy tale, the most expensive cartoon ever made up to its release with a budget of $6 million. When the young princess Aurora is cursed at birth by the evil fairy Maleficent, the baby is kidnapped by a trio of good fairies who raise the girl themselves, hoping to avoid the spell's fulfillment. Nevertheless, at the age of 16, the beautiful Aurora falls into a deep sleep that can only be awakened by a kiss from her betrothed, Prince Phillip. Knowing that Phillip intends to save Aurora, Maleficent takes him prisoner. When the good fairies launch a rescue attempt, Maleficent transforms herself into a spectacular fire-breathing dragon, forcing Phillip to defeat her in mortal combat. Sleeping Beauty (1959) was Oscar nominated for its musical score, which featured adaptations of Tchaikovsky compositions.
- MPAA Rating: G
- Genre(s): Family,Fantasy
- Run Time: 75min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 01/29/1959
- DVD Release Date: 09/09/2003
- Distributor(s): Walt Disney Pictures
- Director(s): Les Clark, Eric Larson
- Starring: Mary Costa , Bill Shirley , Eleanor Audley , Verna Felton , Barbara Luddy
- Themes: Heroic Mission,Curses and Spells
- Tone: Fanciful,Lavish,Lyrical,Sweet
- Keywords: aristocracy, birthday, celebration, conflict, daughter, dragon, escape, fairy, kidnapping, kiss, marriage, prince, princess, protection, refugee, rescue, secrets, sleep, spell [magic], curse, damsel-in-distress
- Language: English