They battle, and Phillip throws the sword, blessed by the fairies, directly into Maleficent's heart, causing her to fall to her death. Phillip awakens Aurora with a kiss, breaking the spell and waking the kingdom. The royal couple descends to the ballroom, where Aurora is reunited with her parents. Flora and Merryweather resume their argument over Aurora's gown while the happy couple dance, living happily ever after.
Eric Larson did not animate any of the characters for the film; instead, he directed the entire "Forest" sequence which stretches from Briar Rose a.
Aurora wandering through the forest with her animal friends all the way to Princess Aurora renamed Briar Rose running back home, promising Phillip they will meet again later in the evening. This was the only time Larson directed a sequence or a film during his tenure at Walt Disney Productions.
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Following the critical and commercial success of Cinderella , writing for Sleeping Beauty began in early Partial story elements originated from discarded ideas for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs including Maleficent's capture of Prince Philip and his dramatic escape from her fortress and Cinderella where a fantasy sequence featured the leading protagonists dancing on a cloud which was developed, but eventually dropped from the film.
During the story rewriting process, the story writers felt the original fairy tale's second act felt bizarre and with the wake-up kiss serving as a climactic moment, they decided to concentrate on the first half finding strength in the romance. However, they felt little romance was developed between the strange prince and the princess that the storyboard artists worked out an elaborate sequence in which the king organized a treasure hunt. The idea was eventually dropped when it became too drawn out and drifted from the central storyline.
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Instead, it was written that Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora would meet in the forest by random chance while Princess Aurora renamed Briar Rose was conversing with the forest animals. Additionally, because the original Perrault tale had the curse last one hundred years, the writers decided to shorten it a few hours with the time spent for Prince Phillip to battle the goons, overcome several obstacles, and fight off against Maleficent transformed into a dragon. The name given to the princess by her royal birth parents is "Aurora" Latin for "dawn" , as it was in the original Tchaikovsky ballet.
This name occurred in Charles Perrault 's version as well, not as the princess's name, but as her daughter's. By April , Sleeping Beauty was scheduled for a February release. Because of the delays, the release date was again pushed back from Christmas to Christmas He wouldn't get the damn thing moving. The animation style moved away from the Rococo of Cinderella and also does not simply draw on fashion and female beauty standards of the time and draws upon distinctive visual combination of Medieval art imagery and Art Deco design.
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Kay Neilsen—whose sketches were the basis for Night on Bald Mountain in Fantasia —was the first to produce styling sketches for the film in When Hench returned to the Disney studios, he brought reproductions of the tapestries and showed them to Walt Disney, who replied, "Yeah, we could use that style for Sleeping Beauty. Eyvind Earle joined Walt Disney Productions in first employed as an assistant background painter for Peter Pan before being promoted as a full-fledged background painter in the Goofy cartoon, "For Whom the Bulls Toil" and the color stylist of the Academy Award-winning short, Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom.
I took a Hench and took the same subject, and the composition he had, and just turned in into my style. Geronimi commented that he felt Earle's paintings "lacked the mood in a lot of things. All that beautiful detail in the trees, the bark, and all that, that's all well and good, but who the hell's going to look at that? The backgrounds became more important than the animation. He'd made them more like Christmas cards. As a result, Geronimi had Earle's background paintings softened and diluted from their distinctive medieval texture. Before the animation process began, a live-action reference version was filmed with live actors in costume serving as models for the animators in which Walt Disney insisted on because he wanted the characters to appear "as real as possible, near flesh-and-blood.
Anyone worth his salt in this business ought to know how people move. For the final battle sequence, Kemmer was photographed on a wooden buck. The live-action model for Maleficent was Eleanor Audley , who also voiced the villain. Because of the artistic depth of Earle's backgrounds, it was decided for the characters to be stylized so they could appropriately match the backgrounds. Nevertheless, Walt insisted on the visual design claiming that the inspirational art he commissioned in the past had homogenized the animators. Production designer Ken Anderson also complained: "I had to fight myself to make myself draw that way.
Meanwhile, Tom Oreb was tasked as character stylist that would not only inhabit the style of the backgrounds, but also fit with the contemporary UPA style. Likewise with Earle's background styling, the animators complained that the character designs were too rigid to animate.
She became very angular, moving with more fluidity and elegance, but her design had a harder line. The edges of her dress became squarer, pointed even, and the back of her head came almost to a point rather than round and cuddly like the other Disney girls. It had to be done to complement the background. I took the idea of the collar partly from a bat, and the horns looked like a devil. Veteran animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston were assigned as directing animators over the three good fairies: Flora, Fauna and Merryweather.
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Walt Disney urged for the fairies to be more homogeneous, which Thomas and Johnston objected to, with Thomas stating they "thought 'that's not going to be any fun'. So we started figuring the other way and worked on how we could develop them into special personalities. Cartoons , was employed on the film for four months during its early conceptual stages when Warner Bros.
Cartoons was closed when it was anticipated that 3-D film would replace animation as a box office draw. Following the failure of 3-D, and the reversal of Warner's decision, Jones returned to the other studio. His work on Sleeping Beauty , which he spent four months on, remained uncredited. Ironically, during his early years at Warner Bros. Another notable animator who worked on the film for part of its production was Don Bluth , who worked as an assistant animator to Lounsbery. Bluth would leave after two years but eventually came back in the s. Following the performance, she was approached by Walter Schumann who told her, "I don't want to shock you, but I've been looking for Aurora for three years, and I want to set up an audition.
Would you do it? The next day, she was informed by Walt Disney that she landed the role. George Bruns was recommended to replace Schumann by animator Ward Kimball. Because of a musicians' strike, the musical score was recorded in Berlin, Germany with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra from September 8 through November 25, Although Bruns took much credit for the score, he derived most of his work from the themes and melodies in Tchaikovsky's ballet Sleeping Beauty.
In anticipation of the film Maleficent , a cover version sung by Lana Del Rey was released by Disney on January The song is considerably darker and more dramatic than the version, given the new film's focus on the villain Maleficent. The song was debuted in a trailer for the film shown as a commercial break during the Grammy Awards , and was released for free on Google Play for a limited time. Disney's distribution arm, Buena Vista Distribution , originally released Sleeping Beauty to theaters in both standard 35mm prints and large-format 70mm prints.
The Super Technirama 70 prints were equipped with six-track stereophonic sound; some CinemaScope -compatible 35mm Technirama prints were released in four-track stereo, and others had monaural soundtracks. Like Alice in Wonderland , which was not initially successful either, Sleeping Beauty was never re-released theatrically in Walt Disney's lifetime.
However, it had many re-releases in theaters over the decades. The film was re-released theatrically in ,  where it was released on standard 35mm film. From July 9 to August 13, , the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences organized "The Last 70MM Film Festival" at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater , where the Academy, its members, and the Hollywood industry acknowledged the importance, beauty, and majesty of the 70mm film format and how its image and quality is superior to that of digital film.
The Academy selected the following films, which were shot on 70mm, to be screened to make a statement about it, as well as to gain a new appreciation for familiar films in a way it hadn't before: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World , Sleeping Beauty , Grand Prix , The Sound of Music , A Space Odyssey , and Spartacus , along with other short subject films on the 70mm format.
During its VHS release, it sold over a million copies. The film underwent a digital restoration in , and that version was released to both VHS and Laserdisc in widescreen as part of the Masterpiece Collection. The VHS edition also came with a special commemorative booklet included, with brief facts on the making of the movie. In , the restored Sleeping Beauty was released to DVD in a 2-disc "Special Edition" which included both a widescreen version formatted at 2.
This release is based upon the restoration of Sleeping Beauty from the original Technicolor negatives interpositives several generations removed from the original negative were used for other home video releases. The new restoration features the film in its full negative aspect ratio of 2. The Blu-ray set features BD-Live , an online feature, and the extras include a virtual castle and multi-player games. The Blu-ray release is the first ever released on the Blu-ray format of any Disney feature produced by Walt Disney himself. Sleeping Beauty will be re-released on HD digital download and Blu-ray on September 24, , along with Dalmatians , as part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection in honor of the film's 60th anniversary.
Upon its initial release, Sleeping Beauty received mixed to positive reviews from film critics. Bosley Crowther , writing in his review for The New York Times , complimented that "the colors are rich, the sounds are luscious and magic sparkles spurt charmingly from wands", but criticized its similarity with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He further wrote that "the princess looks so much like Snow White they could be a couple of Miss Rheingolds separated by three or four years. And she has the same magical rapport with the little creatures of the woods. The witch is the same slant-eyed Circe who worked her evil on Snow White.
And the three good fairies could be maiden sisters of the misogynistic seven dwarfs. Nevertheless, the film has sustained a strong following and is today hailed as one of the best animated films ever made, thanks to its stylized designs by painter Eyvind Earle who also was the art director for the film, its lush music score, the character of Maleficent whose popularity led her to be the flagship villain for the Disney Villains franchise , and its large-format 70mm widescreen and stereophonic sound presentation. Its consensus states that "This Disney dreamscape contains moments of grandeur, with its lush colors, magical air, one of the most menacing villains in the Disney canon.
Wheadon of Common Sense Media gave the film five out of five stars, writing, "Disney classic is delightful but sometimes scary". Academy Awards . Grammy Awards . Young Artist Award . Other honors The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:. Due to limited capacity, we suggest advance purchase.
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