• Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Sleeping Beauty

Release Date: 1959

DVD Release Date: September 9th, 2003

G |1 hr 15 min

Plot Summary

Filled with jealousy, the evil witch Maleficent (Eleanor Audley) curses Princess Aurora (Mary Costa) to die on her 16th birthday. Thanks to Aurora's guardian fairies (Verna Felton, Barbara Jo Allen, Barbara Luddy), she only falls into a deep sleep that can be ended with a kiss from her betrothed, Prince Phillip (Bill Shirley). To prevent Phillip from rescuing Aurora, Maleficent kidnaps and imprisons him. The good fairies are the last hope to free Phillip so that he can awaken Aurora.

Cast: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy, Barbara Jo Allen, Taylor Holmes, Bill Thompson

Director: Clyde Geronimi

Genres: Children , Fantasy , Animated

Production Co: Walt Disney Pictures

Keywords: Endearing, France, Lighthearted, Rescue, Revenge, Love

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Ed GonzalezSlant Magazine

    Just as the film’s gorgeous backdrops suggest characters trapped in suspended animation, the many colorful balls of light that frequently circle their heads hauntingly convey the filmmakers’ idea of fate and love locked in a cosmic struggle. show more

  • 88
    Josh LarsenLarsenOnFilm

    Deep, dark forests; thorny thickets; spiraling castle stairs – every detail seems to envelop us. And then there is Maleficent, voiced by Eleanor Audley and undoubtedly one of the great Disney villainesses. Her transformation into a roaring dragon in the finale is so triumphant you almost want her to win. show more

  • 80
    Time Out

    An epic brilliance conjures up impossible monumental castles, shadows and monstrosities, with exciting action marvellously orchestrated across the CinemaScope frame. show more

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