Walt Disney Pictures Presents...
"...an ageless Technirama charm and joie de vivre that's hard to find in many modern children's films. Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
|Because of a curse placed on her at birth, a 16 year old princess pricks her finger on a spindle and falls into a deep slumber from which only a prince's kiss can awaken her.|
"It may be Disney's purest cinematic fairy tale... John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal
"...brimming with wit and powerfully moving at times. Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Disney's last great fairy tale adaptation...a worthy successor to Snow White and Pinocchio. Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Maleficent is one of the crowning achievements of the Disney Villain Factory. Widgett Walls, NeedCoffee.com
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 which can only be awakened by true love's first kiss. Though the titular princess is on par with the rest of Disney's essential heroines, most of the fun arises from the trio of charming fairies entrusted with her care: Flora, Fauna, and Meriweather. Meanwhile the evil Malificent may just be Disney's most chilling villainess. This classic makes wondrous use of Tchaikovsky's same-titled ballet score, which earned SLEEPING BEAUTY an Academy Award nomination for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.
Sleeping Beauty (50th Anniversary Platinum Edition) - DVD Review
By: Ed Perkis
Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 10/7/2008 12:21 AM
| When it was released in 1959, Sleeping Beauty was not a tremendous hit and nearly bankrupted the Disney studio. It has since been considered a classic, but I've never been as impressed with it as I am with some other films from that era. While the animation is gorgeous, it comes across as a bit sterile. Combined with the powerful, classical score (based on Tchaikovsky's ballet of the same name) it, at times, makes me feel like I'm looking at a book of beautiful pictures while an orchestra plays in the background. ...read the full review
Cast & Crew
||Oscar, George Bruns, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
||Grammy, Sleeping Beauty, Best Soundtrack Album, Original Cast - Motion Picture or Television
||George Bruns, Nominee, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
||Sleeping Beauty, Nominee, Best Soundtrack Album, Original Cast - Motion Picture or Television
"...One of Disney's most elaborate extravaganzas..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...Arguably the most important film in the formidable Disney oeuvre..."
"...Walt Disney's cornerstone opus. If you think you know it too well to bother taking another look, this presentation will give you Technicolor pause..."
"[The soundtrack] keyed to Tchaikovsky's lush ballet score, has a majestic heft."
New York Times
"With its two-dimensional figures and flattened perspectives, the Walt Disney classic SLEEPING BEAUTY imitates the look of an illuminated manuscript from the Middle Ages, but its bright, buzzing colors...are unmistakably those of midcentury America."
5 stars out of 5 -- "This is the experimental, boundary-pushing Disney....Its spare and elegant world lingering with you long after the lovers dance into the sunset."
Reel.com 9 of 10
Set in the 14th century and adapted from Charles Perrault's version of the tale (Perrault also wrote the ballet that Tchaikovsky scored), Sleeping Beauty is closer in structure to the version related by the Brothers Grimm, who inspired Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs...Sleeping Beauty was the final entry in Disney's original fairytale-princess trilogy, which also included Snow White (1937) and Cinderella. A milestone in animation, it had the largest budget ($6 million) of any previous full-length animated feature, and it was the first animated feature filmed in widescreen. It was also the first time that Disney used a single artist's vision for a film, and Earle's elongated, one-dimensional pre-Renaissance style marked the first time that highly detailed backgrounds were used in an animated feature. Sleeping Beauty was also the last of the Disney films to use hand-inked cells, and the last film that Disney personally supervised. Which is to say, Sleeping Beauty was both the last great film from the classic era of Disney animation, and a herald of even greater things to come.
- James Plath
The Onion A.V. Club 9 of 10
The Pocahontas of its day when originally released in 1959, Sleeping Beauty was Disney's most lavish (and expensive) film, as well as something of a financial and critical disappointment. But time has been kind to it, as this much-hyped video re-release shows. The elaborate, gothic-inspired designs look great, and the supporting characters--most notably the three good fairies and the Joan Crawford-like villain Maleficent--liven up the proceedings despite the bland hero and heroine. The repackaging itself should serve as an example for future Disney reissues: The documentary featurette is slightly less self-congratulatory than most of Disney's, but by making a widescreen version available, the company has every reason to be proud. Sleeping Beauty is one of only a handful of animated Disney features to be produced in widescreen format, in this case a process using the same dimensions as those used to film The Wild Bunch. Consequently, if it had been formatted to fit your television screen, much of the carefully crafted, intricately detailed design would have disappeared. If Disney is going to go to the trouble of making each carefully timed re-release seem like a historic event, it should make a point of adhering to historical accuracy, as it has on this release.
- Keith Phipps