Sleeping Beauty (1959) — Disney Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

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Sleeping Beauty (1959) - Disney Feature Length Animated Film

Sleep­ing Beauty (1959) — Dis­ney Fea­ture Length Ani­mated Film

CotD: Walt Dis­ney spent nine years and a then-exorbitant $6 mil­lion to make “Sleep­ing Beauty”, the first Dis­ney fea­ture film to be shot in 70mm; also had a stero­phonic soundtrack.

Sleep­ing Beauty (1959) — Dis­ney Fea­ture Length The­atri­cal Ani­mated Film

King Ste­fan and King Hubert cel­e­brate the birth of Stefan’s infant daugh­ter, Aurora and the betrothal of Hubert’s son Phillip to her. The three good fairies, Flora, Fauna and Mer­ry­weather, are in the midst of bestow­ing gifts on the princess, when Malef­i­cent, the evil fairy, interrupts.

Furi­ous at hav­ing been excluded from the cer­e­monies, Malef­i­cent curses the child to die on her six­teenth birth­day, by the prick of her fin­ger on the spin­dle of a spin­ning wheel.

Though Mer­ry­weather is able to soften the curse, bestow­ing an enchanted sleep instead of death, Ste­fan orders the kingdom’s spin­ning wheels burned and sends his daugh­ter into hid­ing with the three good fairies.

By chance, on the eve of her six­teenth birth­day, Aurora meets Phillip in the woods, and the two fall in love. At the same time, Malef­i­cent dis­cov­ers Aurora’s where­abouts, cap­tures Prince Phillip, and entices Aurora to a remote cas­tle tower, where she pricks her fin­ger and falls into the magic sleep. Phillip defeats and destroys Malef­i­cent and wakes the princess Aurora with true love’s kiss.

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