Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Genres - Children's/Family, Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Fairy Tales & Legends, Romantic Fantasy  |   Release Date - Feb 17, 1959 (USA)  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - G
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Disney produced this lavish animated fairy tale, the most expensive cartoon ever made up to its release with a budget of $6 million. When the young princess Aurora is cursed at birth by the evil fairy Maleficent, the baby is kidnapped by a trio of good fairies who raise the girl themselves, hoping to avoid the spell's fulfillment. Nevertheless, at the age of 16, the beautiful Aurora falls into a deep sleep that can only be awakened by a kiss from her betrothed, Prince Phillip. Knowing that Phillip intends to save Aurora, Maleficent takes him prisoner. When the good fairies launch a rescue attempt, Maleficent transforms herself into a spectacular fire-breathing dragon, forcing Phillip to defeat her in mortal combat. Sleeping Beauty (1959) was Oscar nominated for its musical score, which featured adaptations of Tchaikovsky compositions.

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aristocracy, birthday, celebration, conflict, curse, damsel-in-distress, daughter, dragon, escape, fairy, kidnapping, kiss, love, marriage, prince, princess, protection, refugee, rescue, romance, secrets, sleep, spell [magic]

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High Artistic Quality, High Production Values