Episodes & Reels is delivering our monthly Top 10 List a little differently this time around. We will post one entry in the countdown each night from Jan 23 – Feb 3 on Chip and Co until we finally reveal #1! Time to get started with our #10 animated Disney film of all-time:
#10 – SLEEPING BEAUTY (1959)
Stars: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley
Director: Clyde Geronimi
One of the greatest notches in the Walt Disney cinema legacy is their ability to take a classic fairy tale (in most cases from the Brothers Grimm) and “dress them up” for new generations. Sleeping Beauty is the first of three movies to appear on my top 10 that originated as Grimm fairy tales in the 19th century. Well, in 1959 we got the Disney version, which of course is not nearly as dark or “adult” as the original tale, but it’s just as magical. Princess Aurora has a wretched curse placed on her by the evil sorceress Maleficent (one of my favorite villains, by the way) which dooms that she will die before her 16th birthday by a poisoned spinning wheel – are those things still around? Anyway, what do you think will break the curse? Yep, a prince. Sleeping Beauty came along at a time when Disney was reimagining animated films, creating a sincere path to greatness that can be seen in every minute, colorful detail of this treasured classic.
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