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Sleeping Beauty

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Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
6.40 /10
Voices of: Mary Costa, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton
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Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Written by: Erdman Penner

Released: 1959
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 75

Princess Aurora is cursed by a bad fairy.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Disney's 1959 version of the fairytale is not one of the studio's best. Even so, there are quirky touches, the animation is high-quality, and the good fairies are an amiable trio. It's worth seeing for such memorable set-pieces as the dress-making scene, and the final showdown between Good and Evil, which has a Gothic ferocity all its own.


Disney imitating Disney... It is not necessarily the best qualities of Disney's earlier work that is [sic] being imitated... The stress is... on soft Cuteness. Goodness gets itself defined as a form of bumbling innocence with a perky tail-twitching, simpering quality, just as badness becomes unvaryingly sinister, black, slinky, sinuous and grotesque.

(Paul V. Beckley, New York Herald Tribune)

It is perhaps significant that Disney's greatest animated failure, Sleeping Beauty, contained no tiny creature for audiences to love or to tell them how to respond to what they were seeing. In that film they were left floundering among the ambiguities like so many intellectuals.

(Richard Schickel, long after release)

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