Walt Disney envisioned “Sleeping Beauty” as his masterwork; his nearly decade-long effort to bring this 17th century fairy tale to the screen at the then-shocking cost of $6 million resulted in a spectacular, exquisitely detailed animated fantasy. With the enchanting fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, the beautiful Princess Aurora, her valiant Prince Phillip, and the evil witch Maleficent all modeled on extensive footage of live actors, the human characters are remarkably lifelike; Eyvind Earle’s visual and color stylings realize Disney’s conception of the film as a “moving illustration.” Full of both lighthearted songs and romance, and capped by a dramatic battle with a fire-breathing dragon, “Sleeping Beauty” is visually impressive, humorous and suspenseful.
This new digital restoration of “Sleeping Beauty” comes from 4K scans of the camera original successive exposure Technirama negative. The 7.1 audio remix was created from the Disney Studio’s 35mm mag elements, including the original 3-track stereo music masters, which were recorded in Berlin in 1958.
Voices Mary Costa (Princess Aurora), Bill Shirley (Prince Phillip), Eleanor Audley (Maleficent), Verna Felton (Flora), Barbara Luddy (Merryweather), Barbara Jo Allen (Fauna), Taylor Holmes (King Stefan), Bill Thompson (King Hubert), Candy Candido (Goon), Pinto Colvig (Goon), Bob Amsberry (Goon), Dallas McKennon (Owl), Marvin Miller (Narrator).
Presented by Walt Disney. Supervising Director Clyde Geronimi. Sequence Directors Eric Larson, Wolfgang Reitherman, Les Clark. Directing Animators Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston, John Lounsbery. Story Adaptation Erdman Penner. Additional Story Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright, Milt Banta. Based on the fairy tale “La belle au bois dormant” in the compilation Histoires ou contes du temps passé by Charles Perrault (1697). Production Design Don Da Gradi, Ken Anderson. Layout McLaren Stewart, Tom Codrick, Don Griffith, Erni Nordli, Basil Davidovich, Victor Haboush, Joe Hale, Homer Jonas, Jack Huber, Ray Aragon. Color Styling Eyvind Earle. Background Frank Armitage, Thelma Witmer, Al Dempster, Walt Peregoy, Bill Layne, Ralph Hulett, Dick Anthony, Fil Motola, Richard H. Thomas, Anthony Rizzo. Character Styling Tom Oreb. Character Animation Hal King, Hal Ambro, Don Lusk, Blaine Gibson, John Sibley, Bob Carlson, Ken Hultgren, Harvey Toombs, Fred Kopietz, George Nicholas, Bob Youngquist, Eric Cleworth, Henry Tanous, John Kennedy, Ken O’Brien. Effects Animation Dan MacManus, Joshua Meador, Jack Boyd, Jack Buckley. Film Editing Roy M. Brewer Jr., Donald Halliday. Sound Supervisor Robert O. Cook. Music Adaptation George Bruns. Adapted from Tchaikovsky’s The “Sleeping Beauty”. Walt Disney Productions. Buena Vista Film Distribution Co. 1959. 70mm (original). Digital. 75 mins. Digital projection courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.
Academy Award nominee
Music – Scoring of a musical picture (Bruns)