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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…
Review In A Nutshell:
By this point, Disney has solidified their significant place in both cinema and the minds of its young viewers. During Sleeping Beauty’s release in 1959, 22 years have passed since the debut Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and since then, their initial audience have grown and have started their own families, a new generation of children to appreciate the works of Walt Disney. The company understood that their audience doesn’t feature the same mindset they once had, the same could be said for the recent efforts of Disney’s filmography when compared to their Renaissance days; the minds of the youth has become more sophisticated and cinema itself has expanded since the 1930s, achieving far more…
If you take Maleficent out of this movie this whole film would have been easily forgettable with the bland love couple that to be honest do we really care about it? Sleeping Beauty herself was pretty boring and the price was even worst, it's the honest truth if you can handle it.
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Film 23 of Remember the Magic
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…
Cute movie yet not that developed.
Unexpectedly clever with particularly beautiful backgrounds in the animation - instantly became my favorite "Disney princess" movie when I watched it for the second time in Montréal. A huge cut above the other princess crap! Genuinely funny, too.
Quality animation and unique visual design keep 'Sleeping Beauty' fresh for modern eyes but it's minute plot will leave a sour taste for many.
Once upon a time, there were people saying Walt Disney himself had been sleeping in class during some of his past productions, putting him in a situation where his fairy tales grew fairly tame after a while, causing those pretty princess dresses to slowly wear out. So with that in his mind, dear Mr. Disney set out to make a picture, which was both different and daring from his past successes, though mostly in terms of visual amazements. By using a clever combination of classic and coming technologies, he tried his best to illustrate the magnificence of the almost majestic-looking medieval times. With the authentic artistry of hand-inked cells, combined with a photorealistic presentation in Super Technirama 70 widescreen, Walt…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
After seeing Maleficent I wanted to see what the differences were. In this one Mal calls herself "the mistress of all evil", and turns into a dragon. Impressive animation for the time, it's colorful and has a decent frame rate. Adjusted for inflation, this cost $50 million.
Talk about a film that is much more interested in its side characters and villain rather than its main characters. Those frickin' fairies have more dialogue and screentime individually than Aurora or the prince!
Oh well, it's still good fun. The painted backgrounds are the real stars here; they look absolutely stunning in high definition. There's a crazy amount of detail in them. And Maleficent is an entertaining Disney villain, ofcourse. Still don't know why they had to do that prequel, but whatever. What's next, a prequel for the evil queen in Snow White? A Hades prequel? Ah yes, a live-action Stromboli prequel! Genius!
It's interesting though how much this adaptation differs from the original story (or, well, stories, since…
Endlich gesehen und hochüberrascht, wie gut er ist. Design! Farben! Durchgängige Story! Und natürlich Malificent!
Sleeping Beauty is a really nice animated family film and it's very magical.
One of my favorites of the old Disney classics.
Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…