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Disney Reviews | Sleeping Beauty (1959) ★★★★☆

 In the last animated fairy-tale to be produced during Walt Disney’s life-time, Sleeping Beauty re-tells the famous story told by the Brothers Grimm. After many years of longing for a child King Stefan and his Queen are finally blessed with the arrival of a new daughter, who they name Aurora. 890 more words

Movie Reviews

The Power of Understatement in 1950 Disney Cinderella - The Stepmother

“The slightly befuddled benevolence of the Fairy Godmother offers a striking contrast with the icy, calculating stepmother.  The new generation of animators praises the character as one of Disney’s most frightening villains.   661 more words

A Wish Your Heart Makes Charles Solomon

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies.


Maleficent Before She Was Good


Then & Now

With Angelina Jolie’s over-the-top performance in a live action Disney fairy tale, we chose to go back to the roots of Maleficent in the original… 267 more words

Politics & Society

Without All the Powers of Hell

Maleficent is based on the classic Disney animated feature Sleeping Beauty. The new film gives a new view point on Disney’s scariest villain. But in the process, the movie completely changes the character and the ending of a vintage tale. 418 more words

Movie Review

Maleficent 2014: Wicked is as Wicked Does

One of the first movies I reviewed on this website was Tim Burton’s live-action re-make of Alice in Wonderland, more or less the first in a lengthening line of live-action re-makes of Disney’s animated classics.   1,013 more words


Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959)

"Once Upon a Dream..."

One thing that fascinates me about Disney’s Sleeping Beauty is that it’s really not about Princess Aurora at all. She’s certainly in the middle of everything – the reason for the story’s being – but truly, the film makes me think of an internecine fairy war between Maleficent and the three good fairies: Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. 1,181 more words