Notes: An animated adaptation of the classic fairy tale.
Originally released as motion picture in 1958.
Includes ca. 15 min. of bonus programming.
Credits: Story adaptation by Erdman Penner from the Charles Perrault version of the fairy tale ; supervising director, Clyde Geronimi ; music adapted by George Bruns, from Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty ballet.
Performer(s): Voices of: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Jo Allen, Barbara Luddy.
Target Audience: Rated G.
Description: 1 videocassette (75 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. + 1 commemorative booklet Plastic Clamshell & Artwork
Details: VHS; hi-fi stereo; Dolby surround.
Contents: Sleeping Beauty --
Once upon a dream : the making of Walt Disney's masterpiece Sleeping Beauty / produced by Walt Disney Home Video in association with TV is OK Productions ; producer, Michael Pellenn ; co-producer and writer, Jeff Kurtti --
Original theatrical trailer --
Helene Stanley's Mickey Mouse Club show appearance.
Series Title: Walt Disney masterpiece collection.
Other Titles: Sleeping Beauty (Motion picture)
Walt Disney's masterpiece Sleeping Beauty
Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty
Responsibility: Walt Disney Productions.
Destined to become Sleeping Beauty upon pricking her finger at the spinning wheel, Princess Aurora is brought to life again by the kiss of handsome Prince Phillip.
Disney's 1959 animated effort was the studio's most ambitious to date, a widescreen spectacle boasting a gorgeous waltz-filled score adapting Tchaikovsky. In the 14th century, the malevolent Maleficent (not dissimilar to the wicked Queen in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) taunts a king that his infant Aurora will fatally prick her finger on a spinning wheel before sundown on her 16th birthday. This, of course, would deny her a happily-ever-after with her true love. Things almost but not quite turn out that way, thanks to the assistance of some bubbly, bumbling fairies named Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. It's not really all that much about the title character--how interesting can someone in the middle of a long nap be, anyway? Instead, those fairies carry the day, as well as, of course, good Prince Phillip, whose battle with the malevolent Maleficent in the guise of a dragon has been co-opted by any number of animated films since. See it in its original glory here. And Malificent's castle, filled with warthogs and demonic imps in a macabre dance celebrating their evil ways, manages a certain creepy grandeur. --David Kronke