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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.
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.