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Sleeping Beauty (1959) was a Animation - Family Film directed by Clyde Geronimi .

Academy Awards 1959 --- Ceremony Number 32 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Music - ScoringGeorge BrunsNominated
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Sleeping Beauty (1959, Clyde Geronimi)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Oct 13, 2017 From The Stop Button

Seven credited writers on Sleeping Beauty and none of them could figure out any dialogue to give the prince. Though, notwithstanding some cute banter between the three fairies, there?s not much good dialogue in Sleeping Beauty anyway. Villain Maleficent doesn?t even get any. Eleanor Audley?s great i... Read full article


The Visual Splendor of Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty

By Rick29 on Apr 17, 2017 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

When originally released in 1959, Sleeping Beauty was a major critical and financial disappointment for Walt Disney. The film cost a then-hefty $6 million and failed to break even on its original release in the U.S. Critics were unkind, too, calling it ponderous and lacking in memorable characters. ... Read full article


The Visual Splendor of Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty

By Rick29 on Apr 17, 2017 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

When originally released in 1959, Sleeping Beauty was a major critical and financial disappointment for Walt Disney. The film cost a then-hefty $6 million and failed to break even on its original release in the U.S. Critics were unkind, too, calling it ponderous and lacking in memorable characters. ... Read full article


Sleeping Beauty (1959)

By Beatrice on Nov 26, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Sleeping Beauty Directed by Clyde Geronimi Written by Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler et al from the story by Charles Perrault 1959/USA Walt Disney Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Chorus: [singing] For true love conquers all! This might have been the first Disney cartoon I sa... Read full article


Sleeping Beauty

By Alyson on Jun 17, 2016 From The Best Picture Project

In 1959, after nearly ten years in production and Disneyland?s castle named in its honor, Disney?s Sleeping Beauty was finally released. ?It was the first film animated in 70mm and a true feat of artistic achievement. ?To this day, many consider it to be the visual high point of animation in the gol... Read full article


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Quotes from

[the fairies rush to the cottage to find Phillip's hat on the floor]
Flora, Merryweather, Fauna: Maleficent!
Merryweather: She's got Prince Phillip!
Flora: At the Forbidden Mountain.
Fauna: But we can't, we can't go there!
Flora: We can, and we must!


Fauna: [nervously] But we can't... we can't go there.
Flora: Yes we can, and we must!


[Fauna finishes lighting the candles on Aurora's birthday cake and it begins to fall over]
Fauna: Well, what do you think of it?
Flora: Why, it... it's a very unusual cake, isn't it?
Fauna: Yes... of course, it will be much stiffer after it's baked.
Flora: Of course, dear. Well, what do you think of the dress?
[Aurora's dress which Merryweather is wearing is revealed to be in worse shape than the cake]
Fauna: Well, uh, it's... it isn't exactly the way it is in the book, is it...
Flora: Oh, I improved it. But perhaps if I added a few more ruffles... eh, what do you think?
Fauna: Um, I think so. What do you think, Merryweather?
Merryweather: I think we've had enough of this nonsense! I think we ought to think of Rose, and what *she'll* think of this mess!
[stalks off and the dress falls apart]
Merryweather: And I still think what I thunk before: I'm going to get those wands.
[exits]
Fauna: You know, I think she's right.


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Facts about

George Bruns initially started scoring the film in Los Angeles in 4 track stereo, until he got wind of a new studio in Berlin that used 6 track stereo, so he decamped for Germany. Bruns' efforts were rewarded with an Oscar nomination..
This was the last Disney feature to have cels inked by hand. From One Hundred and One Dalmatians onward, the cleaned-up pencil drawings were xeroxed onto the cels. However, some of the scenes in this movie did use the xerography process.
Various movements from The Sleeping Beauty ballet underwent some reworking for the Disney film. The opening song (Hail to the Princess Aurora) is actually the ballet's final, grandiose movement. Also, the three fairies' theme is based on "The Silver Fairy movement," which, in its original form, is barely a minute long.
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