5 Things You Might Not Know About Sleeping Beauty

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You know that Sleeping Beauty is a Disney movie about Princess Aurora but here are 5 Things You Might Not Know About Sleeping Beauty. Thanks to Disney for sending the Diamond Edition DVD which inspired this post.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty is Old

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty was created in 1959 but is based off a fairy tale from 1697 which was based on a tale from 1634 which was based off of various folk tales, the earliest version of which was composed between 1330 and 1344.


“Sleeping Beauty” by Henry Meynell Rheam (Image in Public Domain – created in 1898)

Sleeping Beauty is Quiet

With the exception of Dumbo who never spoke, the Princess Aurora character from Sleeping Beauty has the fewest lines of any Disney title character. She says nothing at all in the second half of the film and little in the first half.

Maleficent is One of the Most Powerful Villains

Maleficent is the main villain in Sleeping Beauty. She is an evil fairy that enjoys causing pain. Her magic allows her to do just about anything she wants and so she is VERY powerful. She is able to do all sorts of spells including teleporting, summoning, flying, projection and she even turns herself into a fire breathing dragon. She is so powerful that she was the first Disney Villain to have a starring role in her own film (Maleficent starting Angelina Jolie.)

Maleficent is One of the Most Powerful Disney Villains

Sleeping Beauty Has Two Names

In the movie, when the fairies take the Princess to be raised as a peasant so she will not be found, they rename her Briar Rose. Her birth name is Aurora. Aurora (which means sunrise or dawn)’s name was taken from the Perrault version of the story but was not the Princesses name, but her daughter’s name. The name Briar Rose is from the Brothers Grimm version. Briar Rose is her official Alias.

Sleeping Beauty Wasn’t Popular to Begin With

The movie did not originally do well at the box office and was never re-released while Walt Disney was alive. As a matter of fact, it was the last Princess film made while Walt Disney was alive and the genre was not continued till 1989. Things changed later on though and Aurora gained popularity after the “Disney Princess” franchise started. Now she is considered second-in-command along with Belle of the Disney Princesses (behind Cinderella.)

Need to Watch Sleeping Beauty Again?

The Disney Vault has opened and Sleeping Beauty: The Diamond Edition is available on DVD/Blu-Ray as of October 7, 2014!

“Creating the ultimate at-home viewing experience, Disney’s 2-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray Superset (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) contains digitally restored picture and sound, a digital copy of the film, and a variety of magical new bonus features, including “Once Upon A Parade,” in which “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland tells us the tale of Walt Disney World’s new Festival Of Fantasy Parade, “Art of Evil: Generations Of Disney Villains,” a legacy piece spotlighting Disney’s favorite villain animator and Maleficent creator Marc Davis, and “@DisneyAnimation: Artists in Motion,” in which Walt Disney Animation Visual Development artist Brittney Lee goes through the process of creating a three dimensional sculpture of Maleficent, completely out of paper.

Additional all-new bonus features include never-before-seen deleted scenes “The Fair” (with Deleted Character The Vulture,) “The Curse is Fulfilled” and “Arrival Of Maleficent,” plus the Beauty-Oke sing-along to “Once Upon A Dream.” The Blu-ray Superset also includes classic DVD bonus features and more! “



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