The Mako Mori test is passed if the movie has a) at least one female character b) who gets her…
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, but that's just me.
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 Mistress of Evil casts a spell…
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…
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…
This might have been the first Disney cartoon I saw on its initial run in the theater. Mostly I remember Maleficent and the scary, scary dragon.
The most gorgeous animated film I've ever seen.
Story-wise, this movie is not very good. Visually, this is one of the greatest animated films ever made. The climax is easily one of the greatest sequences in animation history.
My mom once told me that when I was about 3 years old, I stood up in a restaurant and loudly recited the following line from this movie:
"Now shall you deal with me, O Prince - and all the powers of HELL!"
also watched this in class
There are four reasons why I consider Sleeping Beauty to be one of Disney's best features. 1) The animation is the best in the entire canon (high praise indeed) thanks to the art style of Eyvind Earle. It's no wonder this film took almost a decade to produce but it was worth it for those amazing backgrounds - it just feels like you're stepping into the 14th Century through the rigid style of the Medieval looking art. 2) The score is adapted from Tchaikovsky's ballet and is perfectly integrated into the movie, giving the movie an extra edge for its drama. 3) Maleficent is still, in my opinion, the greatest Disney villain of all time for her design, voice acting…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
This list is the Letterboxd version of The Oxford History of World Cinema.
The book celebrates and chronicles over one…