Disney’s Sixteenth Animated Feature — 1959
Sleeping Beauty, or rather Princess Aurora (or maybe you know her as Briar Rose) has been given new life as one of the Disney Princesses (trademark symbol most definitely here). She’s the princess with long blonde hair and pink dress. My daughter has a Disney Princess snow shovel with her picture on it. That’s one broad product line. Why three names? The character is born and named Princess Aurora in the Disney film, based on a 17th century story La Belle au bois dormant, (The beauty asleep in the wood) by Charles Perrault, later interpreted as Little Briar Rose by the brothers Grimm. Disney uses “Briar Rose” as her alias when she goes into protective hiding as a peasant girl.
|Notice the difference in animation|
styles in these squirrels from 1959's
Sleeping Beauty (left) and
1937's Snow White.
|Left to right: Merryweather, Fauna, Flora, |
and Sleeping Beauty.
|The art direction in the background|
art is magnificent.
Sleeping Beauty’s a rip-roaring, magical, escapist adventure. And Sleeping Beauty is filled with memorable female characters—Princess Aurora herself; the wicked fairy, Maleficent; and the three good fairies, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather—who make it their life’s work to raise and protect the princess and un-do the evil done by Maleficent.
|Prince Philip gets a little help from|
the good fairies.
|The happy couple's final waltz from|
Sleeping Beauty (top) is duplicated
in 1991's Beauty and the Beast.
|My daughter Julia as Sleeping Beauty.|