Sleeping BeautySleeping Beauty (1959) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film by Dave Koch
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- Feature Length Animated FilmFeature
- Traditional Animation
- Walt Disney Studios
- Distributed by: Buena Vista Film Distribution
- Cartoon Characters: Briar Rose/Princess Aurora, Prince Phillip, Samson, King Stefan, Queen, King Hubert, Fauna, Flora, Merryweather, Maleficent, Diablo, Dragon.
- Voice Actors: Mary Costa, Eleanor Audley, Taylor Holmes, Bill Shirley, Verna Felton, Barbara Jo Allen, Barbara Luddy, Bill Thompson, Candy Candido; Full Voice Cast ...
- Directed By Clyde Geronimi, Eric Larson, Wolfgang Reitherman, Les Clark.
- Produced By Walt Disney, Ken Peterson.
- Animated By Hal King, Blaine Gibson, Ken Hultgren, George Nicholas, Henry Tanous, Hal Ambro, John Sibley, Harvey Toombs, Bob Youngquist, John Kennedy, Don Lusk, Bob Carlson, Fred Kopietz; more Animators ...
- Written By Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright, Milt Banta, Charles Perrault.
- Awards: Academy Award Nominee, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture, 1959.
- Music: George Bruns, Tom Adair, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
- Editor: Roy M. Brewster Jr., Donald Halliday.
- Originally Released on January 29, 1959. (more dates ...)
- Originally Released Theatrically.
- Running Time: 75 minutes.
- TechniColor, TechniRama
King Stefan and King Hubert celebrate the birth of Stefan's infant daughter, Aurora and the betrothal of Hubert's son Phillip to her. The three good fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, are in the midst of bestowing gifts on the princess, when Maleficent, the... (more)
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Sleeping Beauty was the first major film to earn more on video than in theatrical release. Its first million video sales earned Disney $19.5 million (compared with $15.8 million in North American film rentals). Walt Disney spent nine years and... (more)
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Additional Technical Information:
Sleeping Beauty was photographed in Technirama. This was an adaptation of the VistaVision process introduced by Paramount. Like VistaVision, the standard 35mm film traveled in a horizontal path through the camera, exposing a frame that was 8-perforations wide.... but the wrinkle that makes it different is that the photography was done with an anamorphic lens for a 1.5x squeeze... so where standard VistaVision was shown at 1.66 or 1.85, Technirama was then printed for first runs as "Super Technirama 70", which meant 70mm projection prints with an aspect ratio 2.55:1.
The "technicolor" in the credit was simply contractual, as they were the lab developing negative and making (Eastmancolor) release prints.... though the 35mm CinemaScope prints (cropped to 2.35) would have been made in 1959 by dye-transfer.
And to make it really interesting, the camera photography, like all Disney animation of the period, was photographed as color separations on Black & White negative film stock by the Successive Exposure process (each single color frame that you see on screen is in fact a "triple exposure" of the three successive frames of negative, first a red exposure, then a green and blue).
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