Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: October 7, 2008
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92%
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80%



Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This Disney dreamscape contains moments of grandeur, with its lush colors, magical air, one of the most menacing villains in the Disney canon.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The masterpiece of the Disney Studios' postwar style.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Although this rarely achieves the heights of classics like Snow White and Dumbo, it still has its moments.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

At once modernist and classical, Disney's Sleeping Beauty takes characters who look like paper cutouts from magazine cartoons and sets them against backdrops that look like expensive wallpaper patterns.

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TIME Magazine

The hero and heroine are sugar sculpture, and the witch looks like a clumsy tracing from a Charles Addams cartoon.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The colors are rich, the sounds are luscious and magic sparkles spurt charmingly from wands.

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

Sleeping Beauty is a masterpiece that looks and sounds better than ever on Blu-ray, and with an outstanding selection of fascinating special features, this is a release that is easily labeled a must-own.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Mary Costa's rich and expressive voice for the title character gives substance and strength to it.

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Dustin Putman
TheBluFile.com

A vision of artistry and pure entertainment, "Sleeping Beauty" will never, ever grow old.

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
The 1950's was definitely the definitive decade for Disney films, giving us many many beloved classics. Just at the end of that decade came a little film… More
Alex roy
Disney's Sleeping Beauty is a wonderful classic. The studio has always strived on bringing terrific animated features to the screen, and Sleeping Beauty… More
Daniel Mumby
Revisiting films that we loved as a child is not always a good experience. Disney films took up such a large portion of our childhood viewing that the stories… More
Emily Armstrong
Ugh, god. I think I must have outgrown this movie before I even gave it a decent shot. To give credit where it's due, it is a beautiful film. The… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Quite dark for a princess story, Sleeping Beauty succeeds because of the beautiful animation and its iconic villain. These elements help it avoid becoming just… More
Jim Careter
Great animation and story make this one of Walt Disneys most magical movies

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