Sleeping Beauty
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The masterpiece of the Disney Studios' postwar style."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Although this rarely achieves the heights of classics like Snow White and Dumbo, it still has its moments."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Has poor party etiquette ever been so costly?"
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Has grown better with age."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A great-looking, colourful old-style classic."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"The hero and heroine are sugar sculpture, and the witch looks like a clumsy tracing from a Charles Addams cartoon."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The colors are rich, the sounds are luscious and magic sparkles spurt charmingly from wands."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Disney classic is delightful but sometimes scary."
‑ Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
"The animation is -- as with all the early Disney's -- jaw-droppingly good."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"...a fine family film."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Mary Costa's rich and expressive voice for the title character gives substance and strength to it."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Technical wizardry apart, it's the supporting characters that make the difference, in this case the trio of plump guardians Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, and iconic villainess Maleficent the wicked fairy."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"One of the handful of Disney features that can be rightfully called perfect."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"taken as a childhood adventure, you can't get much better than this film"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Sleeping Beauty has been regarded as a minor classic for too long. This restored edition should reinforce that it's a classic, period."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
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