Sleeping Beauty (1959) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

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Sleeping Beauty (1959) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film Sleeping Beauty

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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 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 More Cartoon Animators...
  • Awards: Oscar Statuette  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 More Dates...)
  • Originally Released Theatrically.
  • Running Time: 75 minutes.
  • Production Number: 2082 (Standard Aspect Ratio).
    CinemaScope Production Number: 2083
  • TechniColor, TechniRama
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Cartoon Summary:

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)

Cartoon Production Information:

Foreign Language Title:

"La Belle Au Bois Dormant (French)."

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)

Production budget estimated at $6 million.

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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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This is my favorite animated film of all time. The voices, animation, script, score, songs, all work together to paint a perfect tapestry of magic, romance and terror. I've been watching this film...  (read more)

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Yes, in my opinion, this is the best Disney movie ever made. Being a Tchaikovsky fan, I especially love the way the lyricists were able to add lyrics to his already beautiful songs. The other reviewers were right; this movie isn't just for girls,...  (read more)

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Some people may think this movie is for only children, female children in particular. But not true! EVERYONE will enjoy this classic film! Whatever your favorite type of movie is, this movie has it ALL: comedy, romance, suspense, mild horror, music, and...  (read more)

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Sleeping Beauty is an original Walt Disney Masterpiece! Beautiful and enrapturing, with a musical score that won an Academy Award. The voice, and singing of Princess Aurora, Sleeping Beauty, is performed by the highly talented Mary Costa. Exquisite, warm...  (read more)

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