Sleeping Beauty

For once sleeping as long as Sleeping Beauty, that would be it. In the fairytale, it's a full 100 years, but Disney slightly shortened her nap. In the movie, the heroine is really short-changed anyway. Believe it or not, but Sleeping Beauty has just 18 lines to say and is only seen for 18 minutes throughout the film. This is because Disney didn't want to tell her story but that of the three fairies protecting her.

Flora, Fauna and Merryweather are the names of these graces. They defend the girl against the wicked fairy Maleficent. She cursed Sleeping Beauty as a newborn. To save the girl from harm, the good fairies take her into the forest where she grows up as a foundling and doesn't have the slightest clue about her royal origin. On her 16th birthday, the curse becomes effective: Sleeping Beauty pricks her finger on a spindle and falls into a deep sleep. Her only hope for relief is Prince Phillip. Unfortunately though, he is ambushed by Maleficent and incapacitated for the time being, so the three fairies are set to rescue him.

All in all, getting the movie on screen took almost ten years. Work began in 1951, one year later, the voices were recorded, and animation went on from 1953 to 1958. Eventually, it was premiered in 1959. A constant issue of dispute during the production was the colour of Sleeping Beauty's dress, pink or blue? In the end, this quarrel made for a running gag in the movie, an elegant solution. Of course, we also have Fan-Merch for this Disney Film in our EMP Online Shop. The nasty Maleficent is waiting for you in the shape of a sweet, little Funko POP! figure.

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