Sleeping Beauty (1958) – 10/10 Disney animated fantasy review

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Cast / crew
Mary Costa: Princess Aurora
Music Adaptation: George Bruns
Composer (Original Ballet) “Sleeping Beauty Ballet”: Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
Writer (Adaptation): Erdman Penner
Writer (Original Story): Charles Perrault
Writer (Additional Story): Joe Kinaldi
Writer (Additional Story): Winston Hibler
Writer (Additional Story): Bill Peet
Writer (Additional Story): Ted Sears
Writer (Additional Story): Ralph Wright
Writer (Additional Story): Milt Banta
Color Styling: Eyvind Earle
Directing Animator: John Lounsbery
Supervising Director: Clyde Geronimi
Sequence Director: Eric Larson
Sequence Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Sequence Director: Les Clark
Producer: Walt Disney
Writer (Original Story): The Brothers Grimm

Sleeping Beauty (1958)

When evil sorceress Queen Maleficent is not invited to the christening of King Stephan’s daughter, she casts a spell upon the young infant, dooming her to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die before her sixteenth birthday. Three good fairies take the young Princess Aurora and hide her away but their powers are no match for Maleficent.

10/10

I’m not saying there’s no point in making a fairy tale romance ever again but this is how you do ’em. It is virtually perfect. Technically and stylistically Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty is one of the greatest animations ever (visually designed almost exclusively by Eyvind Earl, here credited as Color Stylist) and the music, by some guy called Tchaikovsky (though, surprisingly, not Disney’s first choice), isn’t bad either. These are, however, just the headlines and every detail in every point of the production is absolutely wonderful. Cartoon animated characters have never looked so good, before or since, as this was the final ‘unlimited’ budget (six years of production at a cost of $6 million) Disney film before financial problems set in. The animation is so clean and so characterful that it takes the breath away.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.

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