This week we are talking all about Maleficent.. oh I mean Sleeping Beauty. This movie is based off the book "The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault or "Little Briar Rose"by the Brothers Grimm. This is my second favorite Disney movie behind Cinderella. I love this movie.. the art, the story, the evil, the good, the everything! One of the best. First I'll compare the stories to the movie.
The movie is basically based off the Perrault story. Though in his story there are 7 fairies who show up for Aurora's birthday party and one that was left out because she was thought to be dead or missing. This fairy then curses Aurora to prick her finger on a spinning wheel .. and DIE! Did you just say that in your head in Maleficent's voice? Because I know I did!
So the prince and the princess marry and have two children. He becomes King and then must go off to war and put his mother on the throne as regent. While she was ruling she wanted to eat both of the prince and Aurora's children! (Yes this is not only in the Grimm version). The servant who was supposed to feed her the children hides them and feeds her something else instead. The prince's mother discovers this and then tries to throw Aurora and her children in a huge pot to cook but the prince comes into the courtyard when it is about to happen and then his mother throws herself in instead.
Many differences from the original Sleeping Beauty story compared to the Disney version. There are many characters missing. Maleficent who is probably a representation of the prince's mother. The three fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. I love these characters. Disney has made an AMAZING villain in this movie. I would have to say the TOP villain. Yes I said it! I wish Disney movies still had villains like her. She was like true evil.... her minions... her castle... turning into a DRAGON.. and wanting to murder Aurora. Really you just don't see that anymore.
I also love the whole pink/blue dress changing! Genius! And the music in the movie... beautiful! The scenery in the movie is breath taking as well. Walt Disney used artist Eyvind Earle for drawing the background images in the film. I would love to own some of these pieces and hand them in my home!
And for those of you who have been following my Project Disney posts you know I love Annie Leibovitz photos for the Disney campaign! If you haven't seen them all google them and check them out! David Beckham as Prince Charming?? Yes please!!
Well I do think Sleeping Beauty is really a good movie. A little dated yes.. but the artwork is classic and the characters are really amazing. Aurora is not my favorite princess.. but she loves nature and life and is innocent. What do you think of this film?
Here are my other Project Disney:
The Great Mouse Detective
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Princess and the Frog
Beauty and the Beast
Lady and the Tramp
Alice in Wonderland
The Rescuers Down Under
Oliver and Company
The Little Mermaid
The Jungle Book
The Emperor's New Groove
The Sword in the Stone
The Lion King
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh (2011)
The Black Cauldron
Lilo and Stitch
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Make Mine Music
Fox and the Hound
Please check out Picture Me Reading's post on Sleeping Beauty!