Friday, January 27, 2012

Did you know...Sleeping Beauty Premiere

On January 29, 1959 Disney's Sleeping Beauty premiered at the Fox Wilshire Theater in Los Angeles?

Sleeping Beauty was based upon the fairy tale "LaBelle au bois dormant" by Charles Perrault and the musical score is an adaptation of Sleeping Beauty ballet by Tchaikovsky.  It would be the final fairy tale that Walt Disney would produce during his lifetime, mainly due to poor performance at the box office.  The film has more than made up for it's original disappointment in subsequent releases, making it the 2nd most successful film released in 1959, Ben Hur was first.

Eleanor Audley was chosen to voice Maleficent, but she almost turned the role down because she was battling tuberculosis. If her voice sounds familiar to you, she was the voice of Lady Tremaine in Disney's Cinderella, in fact animator Marc Davis used Audley's face as reference when creating both Lady Tremaine and Maleficent.  In fact, you can also hear Audley's voice as Madame Leotta at the Haunted Mansion attractions in Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Another familiar voice from the movie is sure to be that of Flora, Verna Felton (she is also the voice of Queen Leah, Aurora's mother).  Her extensive Disney resume includes Mrs. Jumbo (Dumbo's mother), the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, Aunt Sarah in Lady and the Tramp, and Winifred the elephant in The Jungle Book.

I can't resist leaving you with one of my favorite scenes from Sleeping Beauty.

Have a Magical Day!!
Donna Kay


  1. That is my favorite scene too! I love this movie, and Aurora is Hayley's favorite princess. Maleficent is also my favorite Disney villain!

    1. Beth, I'm so glad someone besides me finds this stuff interesting. Hayley has great taste!! And you already know I love Maleficent.

  2. Love this movie! And that clip is the best!!

    Ditto Beth and Donna on Maleficent being fav. She's our favorite too!


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