Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty
US Theatrical: Jan 29, 1959
Japan Theatrical: Jul 23, 1960

Animation Studio: Walt Disney Animation Studios

Popularity: 112th All Time, 219th This Week

Characters on BTVA: 11
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said at 6:16 AM on Thu Apr 23 2015
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Did you know that Chuck Jones actually worked on this film.
said at 11:42 AM on Thu Apr 23 2015
@CartoonFreak666 i did :)
said at 2:33 PM on Mon Dec 8 2014
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At the time of its release (1959), SLEEPING BEAUTY was the most expensive animated film Walt Disney himself had made. A box office failure in its initial release and reviled by critics, it has since gone onto become a classic (like most of Walt's earlier films). And it certainly deserved to; artistically, this is one of Disney's most beautifully animated films. The background details and medieval tapestry look are staggering and the character designs are all classic Disney. Using Tchaikovsky's own music for his similarly immortal ballet was a great touch on Disney's part, too; the marriage between the two geniuses could not have been more ideal. And yes, Maleficent is one of the most frightening and imposing villains Disney has ever made. I remember being positively terrified of her as a child. Storywise, this is about as simple as it gets -- it IS a fairy tale, after all, and neither Aurora nor Phillip have much in the way of personalities (although the latter does come to life in the electrifying climax), but everything else about the movie is fantastic. The climactic showdown between Phillip and Maleficent as a fire breathing dragon also ranks as one of the most thrilling final battles in any Disney film.
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said at 5:17 PM on Sun Mar 22 2015
@JTurner why was it a box office failure?
said at 3:11 PM on Fri Mar 27 2015
@kisa tiger Two things: 1) The movie cost a LOT of money back in 1959 ($6 million), and so back then it would have been hard for SLEEPING BEAUTY to recoup its cost either way. Plus, the fact that it was released at charging higher prices didn't help matters. 2) The public was probably getting weary of fairy tale features, especially with the critics being mostly vocally negative.
said at 1:52 PM on Wed May 14 2014
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The art and music are just incredible. The villain and three good fairies are extraordinary! if only the romantic leads were interesting.
said at 3:12 PM on Fri Mar 27 2015
@VocalChameleon Well, we can't have everything.
said at 10:36 PM on Mon May 12 2014
The art and music in this film is just incredible, and Maleficent is a really memorable villain. She makes this movie! The medieval atmosphere was done perfectly too. It's in my top Disney films for sure!
said at 7:09 PM on Thu Feb 20 2014
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If you have ever had any quarrels with the movie (meaning its flaws), I strongly suggest that you just listen to the music again.

Never will one element made you so forgiving after listening to it.

Problems and all, I think this is still one of the Disney's best films they put out in any period of time.
said at 1:54 AM on Sun Feb 23 2014
@DreamMaster08X Or if you don't like the music, just look at the ART. It's INCREDIBLE!
said at 1:55 AM on Tue Dec 11 2012
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One of Disney's best!
said at 4:58 PM on Mon May 14 2012
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amazing movie!
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