Walt Disney spent nine years and a then-exorbitant $6 million to make 1959’s Sleeping Beauty. This was the first Disney feature film to be shot in 70mm; it also had a stereophonic soundtrack.
Sleeping Beauty was photographed in Technirama. This was an adaptation of the VistaVision process introduced by Paramount. Like VistaVision, the standard 35mm film traveled in a horizontal path through the camera, exposing a frame that was 8-perforations wide…. but the wrinkle that makes it different is that the photography was done with an anamorphic lens for a 1.5x squeeze… so where standard VistaVision was shown at 1.66 or 1.85, Technirama was then printed for first runs as “Super Technirama 70”, which meant 70mm projection prints with an aspect ratio 2.55:1.
VHS release was done in pan-and scan method, losing over a third of the frame. Sleeping Beauty was the first major film to earn more on video than in theatrical release. Its first million video sales earned Disney $19.5 million (compared with $15.8 million in North American film rentals).
This film marked Taylor Holmes’ last screen appearance; he died eight months after it’s release.
Currently, Disney is working on a live-action film based on the back story of the evil fairy from Sleeping Beauty, with Angelina Jolie is playing Maleficent.
- Traditional Animation
- Walt Disney Studios
- Distributed by: Buena Vista Film Distribution
- Cartoon Characters: Briar Rose/Princess Aurora, Prince Phillip, Samson, King Stefan, Queen, King Hubert, Fauna, Flora, Merryweather, Maleficent, Diablo, Dragon.
- Voice Actors: Mary Costa, Eleanor Audley, Taylor Holmes, Bill Shirley, Verna Felton, Barbara Jo Allen, Barbara Luddy, Bill Thompson, Candy Candido; Full Voice Cast ...
- Directed By Clyde Geronimi, Eric Larson, Wolfgang Reitherman, Les Clark.
- Produced By Walt Disney, Ken Peterson.
- Animated By Hal King, Blaine Gibson, Ken Hultgren, George Nicholas, Henry Tanous, Hal Ambro, John Sibley, Harvey Toombs, Bob Youngquist, John Kennedy, Don Lusk, Bob Carlson, Fred Kopietz; more Animators ...
- Written By Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright, Milt Banta, Charles Perrault.
- Awards: Academy Award Nominee, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture, 1959.
- Music: George Bruns, Tom Adair, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
- Editor: Roy M. Brewster Jr., Donald Halliday.
- Originally Released on January 29, 1959. (more dates …)
- Originally Released Theatrically.
- Running Time: 75 minutes.
- TechniColor, TechniRama