Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1959. Walt Disney Productions. Story adaptation by Erdman Penner, additional story by Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright, Milt Banta, based on the story by Charles Perrault. Produced by Walt Disney. Music by George Bruns. Production Design by Ken Anderson, Don DaGradi. Film Editing by Roy M. Brewer Jr., Donald Halliday.
This Cinemascope animated film features beautiful artwork inspired by Russian folk art and is presented with Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty themes as background music (with some lyrics added for the film). Charles Perreault’s famous story is of a young woman cursed from birth to die at the age of sixteen by an evil witch named Mallificent, peeved off at not being invited to the party when the child was born (trust me, if you knew my family you’d know that this really happens all the time). Sleeping Beauty’s three fairy godmothers are able to protect her from this curse as far as making it a deep sleep instead of death, but it will take the kiss of a handsome prince (man, these guys are overrated) to wake her up to living, breathing status (and when she discovers what housewife chores he’s got in store for her, she’ll want to be put right back to sleep). There’s nothing particularly memorable about it that would put it up there with Snow White, Fantasia or Beauty and the Beast, but children will enjoy it and adults will at least think it’s lovely to look at.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Scoring of a Musical Picture