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16: Sleeping Beauty

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# 16 Sleeping Beauty: BCDB List of Disney Animated Films

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.

Sleeping Beauty


  • 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 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 More Cartoon Animators...
  • Written By Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright, Milt Banta, Charles Perrault.
  • Awards: Oscar Statuette  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 More Dates)
  • Originally Released Theatrically.
  • Running Time: 75 minutes.
  • TechniColor, TechniRama


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