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, but that's just me.
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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…
A pure classic. Naive maybe, but surely entertaining. Some scenes and plot details feel a little bit rushed though.
I mean, asides the obvious problems I have with the movie as a post-co feminist, I didn't hate it. Unexpectedly, I LOVED the animation. Like, the forest? DOPE as FUCK. Loved it. Love, love, loved it. I want that animation blown up and made into a room in my house. Now I get why people would be drawn to this film.
To go for the obvious piece of wordplay, Sleeping Beauty is, in fact, extremely beautiful. Possibly the best of all the disney films, this simple, technically flawless fairy tale retains all of the qualities that those smitten by classic animation love while updating the visuals to something more modern and complex, an unbelievably gorgeous production filled with iconic imagery. The central love story is cute, the fairies are adorable, Maleficent is one of the greatest villains of all time, and the score is lovely; there's not a whole lot else to say. Sleeping Beauty is practically perfect, and more than holds up against modern day animated works.
Following the birth of the royal princess Aurora the evil fairy, Maleficent, casts a spell on her. The spell says that by the princesses 16th birthday she will prick her finger on the needle of a spinning wheel and will fall into a sleep like death. The only way to break the spell is for the princess to receive true loves kiss.
Another Disney classic that will stand the tests of time. The artwork is fantastic and the story itself offers so much. The only reason I don't like this film more compared to other Disney movies is because they never really say why Maleficent is angry or dive into that part of the story. For me the best part of these movies is in large part the villains. I am still giving this one 4 out of 5 stars and it is definitely apart of my Disney movie collection.
This movie is a stunning piece of animated beauty and Maleficent is by far the best and most evil Disney princess villain!
Icy, but it might be Disney's aesthetic peak, and the fun needed for Disney is cleverly handled thanks to Merryweather and Maleficent.
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It's a mess. Plot, story, character... just downright messy. The cinematography / visual style? A: Amazing. The textures and composition in this film are beyond belief. This is much more of a technical feat than it is a classic story.
Remember kids if you'relooking for love and see a sleeping 16 year old girl, remember to kiss her without her consent, she'll wake up and fall in love!
But nah, the characters of the princess and the prince were so disgustingly bland and lifeless, the film suffered for it. The fairies were in no way defined enough to sustain the story, and while the animation is wonderful for the time, it can't make up for what is an incredibly bland retelling of a fairy-tale.
Maybe I just don't have a heart...
Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…