Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Verbal Diorama

22-02-2024 • 42 mins

The final episode of Animation Season 2024, and one of Walt Disney's crowning achievements in animation: Sleeping Beauty.

Doing another princess movie after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella seemed like the obvious choice, but it was also risky. Walt Disney didn't want to make the same thing again, and wanted to wow the public with yet another cinematic visual masterpiece to prove Disney were the pioneering animation studio.

A "moving illustration".

To do this he enlisted Eyvind Earle, combining pre-Renaissance, Italian, and Gothic French influences with his own abstract style of realism to create the formalised elegance and stylish design, while also taking advantage of 70mm Super Technirama for the first time ever in animation.

Sleeping Beauty would be lavish and be exactly what Disney intended, but it would come at a cost. Literally and figuratively.

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