Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty
  • G
  • 1h 15m
  • 1959
Certified Fresh90%
Common Sense Media Iconage 5+
"Sleeping Beauty" tells the story of Princess Aurora and the evil curse placed on her by a vengeful fairy named Maleficent. According to the prophecy, Aurora will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a deep slumber on her 16th birthday, from which only the kiss of her true love can awaken her. Three doting fairies – Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather pose as peasant women to raise the young princess, whom they call Briar Rose, and live deep in the forest where Maleficent cannot find her. One day while riding in the woods, Prince Phillip catches sight of Briar Rose and the two fall in love at first sight. But Rose learns from the fairies that she is a princess and must return to the castle immediately to fulfill her royal duties. There, Maleficent discovers Aurora alone in the tower. The prince rushes to the castle to rescue Aurora, but first must battle Maleficent, who assumes the form of a fierce, fire-spouting dragon.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh90%
Critics Consensus: This Disney dreamscape contains moments of grandeur, with its lush colors, magical air, one of the most menacing villains in the Disney canon.
New York Daily News
Kate Cameron

It is a picture that will charm the young and tickle adults, since the old fairy tale has been tra...

June 25, 2017
Entertainment Weekly

June 21, 2017
TIME Magazine

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

June 21, 2017
Variety Staff

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

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Disney classic is delightful but sometimes scary.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, for most kids, the scariest part of Disney's classic, Sleeping Beauty, will be the prince's fight with the dragon; he fights with a sword and almost falls from a cliff. Other scary moments involve the witch Maleficent and her ogre-like goons; Maleficent kidnaps the prince, and the goons beat him up (mostly shown in shadow). She also shoots lightning bolts with her staff and at one point dissolves into a green mist. Maleficent sys "fools," "idiots," and "imbeciles" and makes a reference to "hell." There's one notable drinking scene where the two kings toast to their children's impending nuptials, and the attending minstrel sneaks enough wine to get drunk, falling down under the table and hiccuping.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Fantasy
  • Release Date:January 29, 1959
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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