The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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 is considered a Disney classic for good reasons! The animation is startlingly great, the voice acting is good, and while there's only like two songs, they are memorable as hell. A fun ride all the way around!
"I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream"
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Lush animation, but a flat story line. I said it before, but I'll say it again. Philip, the prince is not really that great a prince. Yes, he battles thorns and Meleficent (I'll get to that in a moment.) Philip just doesn't scream "prince" material; hell King Stefan is a better character than Philip and we don't see much of him.
The three fairies are somewhat annoying. Flora and Fauna seem to be the dominant duo of the trio, leaving Merry-weather as a weak and insignificant fairy, even though she saves Aurora's bacon by downgrading Maleficent's spell to sleeping until she is awoken by Philip (truly his saving grace.)
Philip's father (Hubert) is a buffoon and yet he wants to…
Sleeping Beauty is the classic fairy tale of the magic and romance of any Disney animated film. The tale of how true love can come from the reality of our dreams.
No need for a plot for we all know the story of Sleeping Beauty and know everything that their is to tell about this film. A beautiful princess who was cursed at birth to fall into a deep sleep and the only way for the spell to be broken was by the kiss of a handsome prince. Sleeping Beauty is among one of the best films by Walt Disney. Another fairy tale that has everything you could ask for. The romance of a beautiful princess and a handsome prince.…
Part One of a mini Disney-marathon with a poorly daughter. Not entirely sure if I'd seen this one before or not. The animation was very striking, especially early on. However, the basic fable is stretched to absolute breaking point even at 75 minutes despite brave attempts to carry the weight with Maleficent and the three good fairies.
The phrase "style over substance" comes up often in criticism, and Disney's SLEEPING BEAUTY is no exception. The story is admittedly-thin, and the characters are fairly shallow. The title character, Princess Aurora, is really a supporting character, and it's the three fairies who instead carry the story. The great "romance" of the movie consists of one awkward conversation between the prince and princess, and then they live happily ever after once she awakens, without saying so much as a word.
But I don't say this as a condemnation. The old Disney fairy tales were never known for their depth. In fact, I would say it wasn't until BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN, POCAHONTAS, and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME that…
Rewatching this, my mind kept going to 2014's significantly inferior Maleficent, and I expect my review shall go the same way. For starters, Maleficent is a tremendous villain, deliciously evil, the sort of person who's ready to curse a child, in order to spite the parents for not inviting her. She's not misunderstood for some half-baked reason, she's out and out evil, and all the better for it.
Then we have the three fairies, who are utterly lovable and clumsy and a tad dim, without being overly cartoonish and moronic to the point where you wonder how the child survived all those years under their care. They're also the source of the films humour, which comes off as funny in an intentional manner.
The visuals are undeniably gorgeous, bringing to life the interesting tale fantastically. One of my favourite Disney films.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!