Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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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.
I watched this as a prelude to seeing Maleficent, for the first time since I was a very young child. At a scant 75 minutes, its plot is too simple and iconic to forget. But what leapt out at me, viewing the film as an adult, is how thinly-disguised its explorations of patriarchal sexuality are.
Because, really, who wins in the end? The two kings, one of whom assigns his young son to marry the other's newborn girl, in a move to consolidate their two kingdoms. I don't know if I'd say that Aurora has come out the victor here.
Maleficent explicitly stands in as the Lucifer figure of the story, but as Paradise Lost teaches us, is Lucifer really…
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I think everyone has that classic Disney princess film. For my girlfriend it is "Cinderella", for my sister is it "Mulan" and for me it has to be "Sleeping Beauty".
I cannot overly put my finger on why I love this film. Maybe it is just how different the animation style is. Maybe it is just how perfectly evil Maleficent is. Maybe it is just the feeling of joy I get everytime I hear "Once Upon a Dream". It could just be all of that. The three fairies are fantastic and still make me laugh…
Somehow, in all my years of watching Disney films as a kid (and now as an adult), I've never once watched Sleeping Beauty nor had any real idea of what the story was about. Was it too 'girly' to watch growing up? I've heard the memorable Once Upon A Dream song hundreds of times through CDs and Sing-Along-Songs on VHS, so it was pretty cool to see it now with some context.
What hit me the most was how the film was not about this 'sleeping beauty' Princess Aurora at all, but the three fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather who take care of Aurora to hide her from the evil and powerful Maleficent. This evil Mistress of Evil casts a…
Visually arresting as fuck.
It may be a cliche to start a review for Sleeping Beauty by discussing the visual appeal of the film, but in the end I simply don't give a damn. What a spectacular world on display for the viewer to take in here. At times it is more akin to watching a painting on the move than a mere animated film. The depth in every frame here is mesmerizing and has the unique ability to catapult the viewer deep into that forest. A true work of art in every sense of the word.
My second stop in this review will be focused on the tunes. While "Once Upon a Dream" is the stand-out here and deserving…
I haven't seen Sleeping Beauty since I was a little kid, so I guess maybe close to 35 years ago, and I'm surprised by how well it's held up. The animation, of course, is beautiful. That's no surprise. But seeing how some of the older films haven't been as good as I had remembered them, I'm happy to see that I still like this one.
I completely forgot that when the three fairies screw up and leave Aurora alone long enough for Maleficent to influence her into pricking her finger they actually put everyone at the castle to sleep so no one will know. That's sneakiness for the ages, sir.
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Film #27 of my Hanging Out with Disney project
(From the Sleeping Beauty soundtrack; www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9CTRtX3QBM&list=PLFF9B882DEDBC040D&index=1)
Ahh where to begin with such a landmark accomplishment as Sleeping Beauty? Well for starters the animation's astonishing! There have been complaints from modern audiences that the visual style looks way to flat, but I don't think that was the purpose. Since the film is set in medieval times, Disney deliberately styled it as a medieval painting to capture the feel, and I think they did a great job doing so. It really captures the fantasy elements of your traditional good vs. evil story and still manages to entertain after all these years.
A lot of criticism nowadays tends to be…
You could pause this film on almost any frame and it would look like a classical painting. This might be the best-looking animated movie of all time.
Uno de esos clásicos Disney que me quedaban por ver (hay unos cuantos). Así que por fin me puse y no se muy bien que decir; salvando la belleza plástica, pse.
Tres secundarias de lujo que son protagonistas, una protagonista que está ausente, y la mejor villana de Disney, con permiso de Úrsula.
Another childhood favorite. As a child, I loved the scenery and story.
I've never actually seen this one. Growing up I was always far more obsessed with Cinderella and I might argue that is a superior film. Maleficent is a lovely villainous figure, but Aurora and Philip are dull. No wonder Maleficent (2014) was so successful, she is the most fascinating thing to watch and to consider when paired with her re-imagining last year.
There is no denying the gorgeousness of the animation here, but that seems about it. A visual feast that perhaps requires nostalgia attached to it that I lack in order to really be enthralled.
Beautiful as any of Disney's great works, Sleeping Beauty has a rather routine storyline for them (princess in distress-see Aladdin, Snow White etc) but with some fun (the hijinks of the three fairies) and a very intimidating villain in Maleficent.
The film still holds up as one of the best Disney films along with Pinocchio and Snow White. The song Upon A Dream is memorable and a great part of this film as well.
My Take: Classic Disney. Oh, and the dress looks best blue, but that's just one's opinion.
A Disney classic that has a really interesting ebb and flow with its plot.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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