Animation / Classics / Fantasy
Directed by Les Clark, Eric Larson and Wolfgang Reitherman
Produced by Walt Disney
Narrated by Marvin Miller
Mary Costa as the voice of Princess Aurora and Briar Rose
Bill Shirley as the voice of Prince Phillip
Eleanor Audley as the voice of Maleficent
Verna Felton as the voice of Flora and Leah
Barbara Luddy as the voice of Merryweather
Barbara Jo Allen as the voice of Fauna
Taylor Holmes as the voice of King Stefan
Bill Thompson as the voice of King Hubert
Dallas McKennon as the voice of The Owl
Candy Candido, Pinto Colvig, and Bill Amsbery as the voices of the Maleficent's Goons
Sleeping Beauty trailer
Once upon a time in a far away land, King Stefan and his wife wish for a child. When their daughter Aurora is born, the whole kingdom rejoices. A special holiday is created to honor the princess, and a ceremony is held in which the townspeople bring the infant gifts. The betrothal of Aurora to Prince Phillip, the young son of King Hubert, is announced at the ceremony. The three good fairies, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, also attend, and the first two bestow upon the princess gifts of great beauty and song. However, before Merryweather can give her gift, the wicked fairy Maleficent interrupts and curses Aurora. She proclaims that while she will be beautiful and have a striking singing voice, she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel on her sixteenth birthday and die. Merryweather is able to use her gift to turn Aurora’s imminent death into a slumber that can be reversed through true love’s kiss. Still, King Stefan becomes afraid and orders every spinning wheel in the kingdom be burned. The three fairies also remain fearful for Aurora, and so propose they raise her as a peasant until her sixteenth birthday. The King and Queen agree, and the princess is taken by the fairies to a cottage in the woods, where she lives for the next sixteen years under the name Briar Rose.
The years pass, and Maleficent has been looking for the lost princess. She discovers that her guards have been looking for a baby the whole time, remaining clueless to the fact that she would grow up. Annoyed by their idiocy, the wicked fairy sends her raven to find Aurora.
Meanwhile, it is the princess’ sixteenth birthday, and the three fairies ask her to fetch some berries in the forest so they can prepare a surprise party. She walks through the forest , singing delightfully and talking to the woodland animals about someday falling in love with her prince. Aurora’s voice is heard by a passing rider in fine clothes, who falls into a river. He takes off his cape, hat, and boots to dry off, but they are stolen by some of the forest animals. They take the items to the princess and arrange them in a manner so that she can dance with the pieces as though they are a person. The man, who happens to be Prince Phillip, wanders around until he finds his missing clothing. He dances with Aurora, as unaware as she is that they are betrothed. Instantly, the two fall in love. However, she runs away back to her cottage before she can get his name, but makes certain to invite him back to her home that evening.
Back at the cottage the fairies fight over the color of Aurora’s dress, their magic alarming Maleficent’s raven to the location of the missing princess. When Aurora arrives back at the house, the fairies reveal the truth and take her back to her parents. She is upset that she has to marry Prince Phillip, and not the man she fell in love with in the woods. In the meantime, Prince Phillip tells his father of a peasant girl that he has fallen in love with. King Hubert tries to order his son to marry the Princess instead, but finds no success.
At the same time, the three fairies escort Aurora into the castle through a secret entrance. She is upset about the man she met in the woods, leading the fairies to give her time alone in her new bedroom. Maleficent takes advantage of this opportunity, creating a secret passage in the room and putting the Princess under a trance. Aurora, following a green light, goes through the passageway and pricks her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel. She immediately falls to the ground, and the fairies place her on a bed in the tower. They also put a spell on all the people in the kingdom, so that they remain in slumber until the Princess is awoken. Before falling asleep, King Hubert tells King Stefan that his son is planning on wedding a peasant girl. The fairies overhear the conversation, and realize that Prince Phillip is the man that Aurora met in the forest . They go to the cottage to look for him, but Maleficent has already kidnapped the Prince and taken him to the Forbidden Mountains.
The fairies rescue Phillip, and help him escape. They arm him with the ‘Shield of Virtue’ and ‘Sword of Truth’, which he utilizes to get away from the wicked fairy. Maleficent tries to strike him down with lightning, halt him with a forest of thorns, and destroy him by turning into a dragon, but he cannot be stopped. The Prince stabs her in the heart, then makes his way to Aurora’s bedside. He breaks the spell with a kiss, causing the rest of the people in the kingdom to come out of slumber as well. The Prince and Princess enter the throne room arm in arm, delighting Aurora’s parents and King Hubert. The two dance together while the fairies continue to argue about the color of Aurora’s dress.