Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Awaken to a World of Wonders!
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.
New Years Resolution See 700 Films in 2014 (At Least 400 Must Be New)
Film 167 out of 700
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…
One of the most overlooked films of Disney's golden age is also one of the best, with characters, artwork and pacing on par with anything that's come after it, and a few touches of brilliance that make it worth watching even five decades later.
Quite possibly still the most gorgeous animated movie of all time.
El decimosexto largometraje Disney es el cierre de la trilogía de cuentos clásicos que inició Blancanieves en 1937 y continuó Cenicienta en el 50.
Convirtiéndose en un pequeño refrito de sus dos predecesoras, sí es cierto que cambia la perspectiva de la narración. Se da mucho más protagonismo y carácter al héroe masculino, Aurora no aparece hasta ya planteada la trama de la película y los secundarios adquieren mucha más importancia en pantalla.
Al igual que la Edad Media supuso un retraso para la historia de la humanidad, la estética medieval lo hizo para el estudio de Disney. Yo, sin embargo, creo que este predominio de las líneas rectas y las figuras alargadas es una seña de identidad característica de 'La bella durmiente' que otorga mucha personalidad propia a la película.
I really truly enjoy this Disney Animated Classic. I am not using the term classic lightly here (other than it being a classic) this movie is one through and through. A simple story but the artistry in this movie is before its time like many Disney movies. This is quite possibly my favorite of the Walt years Disney Animated Classic
Although the story is slim and the main characters are very standard, the film is worth seeing for the absolutely stunning design and background work by artist Eyvind Earle. Absolutely one of the most beautiful animated movies I've ever seen.
Sleeping Beauty is a thoroughly bland and Disneyfied princess narrative, told in grand widescreen animation. The possibilities of the wide frame were brand new to animation upon its release, and this early example of the format took wonderful advantage of its potential. Cities and forests are more sprawling than ever before in feature-length animation, and the memorable sequences of magic expand to all edges of the wider image. Especially impressive is the final showdown in front of the backdrops of a dark clouded sky and a burning forest of thorns. It's a shame that the tale and characters weren't worthy of the images' scale and beauty.
48/100 | C | Faulty
Want an example of a mediocre film that's curiously gone iconic? Sleeping Beauty. The story, based on a classic fairytale by Charles Perrault, revolves around Aurora (Costa), a princess cursed by the evil witch Maleficent (Audley) as a baby to die on her sixteenth birthday. Aurora is sent by her parents, the King & Queen, to live with three guardian fairies who will protect her should the curse hit and put Aurora to an endless sleep. When Aurora meets young Prince Philip (Shirley), she may have just discovered the key to breaking the curse...true love. It's a certainty that the little kids are going to eat this one up, since we have an adorable dreaming princess,…
Quite possibly my favorite Walt Disney film.
"I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream
I know you, the gleam in your eyes is so familiar a gleam
Yet I know it's true that visions are seldom all they seem
But if I know you, I know what you'll do
You'll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream"
70mm looks so great.
Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…