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Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Rating:G
Genre:Family, SciFi/Fantasy, Animation
Release Date:January 29, 1959
Running time:75 minutes
Cast:Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy
Director:Clyde Geronimi
Producer:Walt Disney
Writer:Charles Perrault, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears
Distributor:Buena Vista

Description: 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.~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

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