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Once Upon a Dream: From Perrault's Sleeping Beauty to Disney's Maleficent (Disney Editions Deluxe (Film)) Hardcover – June 17, 2014


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  • Series: Disney Editions Deluxe (Film)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (June 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423199022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423199021
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles Solomon is an internationally respected critic and historian of animation. He has written on the subject for The New York Times, TV Guide, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Modern Maturity, Film Comment, and The Hollywood Reporter. His books include The Toy Story Films: An Animated Journey; Tale As Old As Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast; Disney Lost and Found; The Prince of Egypt: A New Vision in Animation; The Disney That Never Was; and Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and the first film book to be nominated for a National Book Critics' Circle Award.

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I like the different aspects of Sleeping Beauty and the Disney tie-in.
M. Hugo
Although I did not fully enjoy Maleficent, the behind the scenes interview was fascinating and provided some good insight into the making of the film.
Star Wand
And "Sleeping Beauty" is really what this book celebrates, a masterpiece that is one of a kind and the last of its kind.
DEWEY M.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nuleo on August 14, 2014
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This time I've decided to make another review of a very recent book, this with the arrival of the live action movie adaptation of Sleeping Beauty... Maleficent. And this one is another book by Solomon.

Usually when there's a release of a Disney live action movie like Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of the Caribbean or even John Carter, Disney launches an art book of the film. This time it didn't make a book out of Maleficent but of Sleeping Beauty instead.
This book contains kind of a celebration or homage to the 1959 version of the story. We can witness the growth of the Sleeping Beauty tale since the Disney version and there on to the actual Maleficent version. All of this with super interesting details about the movie. We can see Aurora's model sheet, character studies among backgrounds and art studies.
Then we are transported to the recent Maleficent movie, and even though there are not enough pages an art book should have (I mean if the Maleficent part was released as a single book), it has the right amount and it turns out to be a rather complete edition.
So this book is a deluxe edition of sorts and even if you like the 1959 Sleeping Beauty and dislike the recent Maleficent, it is still a good buy. If you enjoy both of the movies well then, it's a mandatory purchase hehe and buy the book while it's fresh because it seems to be one of those editions which may latter run out.

My score for this book is:
90%
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Giovanni2 on June 19, 2014
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For all you Sleeping Beauty aficionados who were disappointed with Pierre Lambert's expensive but curiously uninspired "La Belle Au Bois Dormant" comes an unexpected treat. Every page of Charles Solomon's "Once Upon A Dream" captures the style and energy of Disney's 1959 classic. From the smart selection of never before seen artwork to the lively and informative text, Solomon's book delivers in a way sure to excite and satisfy even the hardest of hardcore fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jojo on July 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I was waiting till after I saw Maleficent to read this, but I have flipped through the book many times. I will only review by the visuals for now.
I'm a huge Sleeping Beauty fan, so I pre-ordered this immediately. While I love the book, I'm slightly disappointed as a big fan. This book has 175 pages and Maleficent the movie takes up 67 pages. If you liked Maleficent, you should get this book. There are many awesome photos for Maleficent. They really showcased the photos for that movie well, almost better than Sleeping Beauty. Maybe because it's in that modern high definition, they had more quality shots from Maleficent. Don't get me wrong, there are still some great photos from Sleeping Beauty, the artist's drawings, etc. I do feel like several photos they showcased in large format are just bad blow ups of great movie stills. Page 94-95 is one example of this. It's Aurora waiting in sleep for the prince. It is just very grainy looking. Even some of the smaller sized photos are grainy while others are quite clear. I am nit-picking though. It IS an old movie and looks awesome in print, even the slightly grainy photos.

I will say that one page that is a big disappointment is page 107. There are a few pages of nice larger photos of the artwork, but on page 107 they short change us. There are 3 images of I think Eyvind Earle's art that are beautiful and should've been much larger to view and on their own page similar to how pages 36-37 were done. That is an even bigger failing than a few grainy images. I have seen larger versions of these 3 images online and they are too gorgeous to be viewed in small format. Three dioramas through castle windows. One of Aurora in her sleep, another of Maleficent's shadow and spindles, and another of the king and queen watching the spindles burn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DEWEY M. VINE VOICE on October 5, 2014
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Ever since the release of the huge coffee-table book celebrating Disney's "Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs", I wondered when "Sleeping Beauty" would get a book devoted to it. Well, it has finally arrived and it is well worth the wait.
Charles Solomon digs deep into the origins of the Sleeping Beauty story; starting with Perrault and including information on some other rather gruesome versions. We all know that the music from the Sleeping Beauty ballet is featured prominently throughout the Disney film. But, did you know that Engelbert Humperdink, composer of the "Hansel And Gretel" opera, also wrote a largely unknown and unsung opera version of "Sleeping Beauty"?
The heart of the book is the creation of Disney's 1959 "Sleeping Beauty." For reasons which I've never completely understood, "Sleeping Beauty" has always suffered unfavorable comparisons to "Snow White." This book finally gives "Beauty" some long overdue praise. "Snow White" and "Sleeping Beauty" are similar in terms of genre, but it terms of style, they couldn't be more different. "Snow White" has a muted, watercolor, cozy color palette. "Sleeping Beauty" represented a thrilling departure from the usual "house style" of animation at Disney. "Sleeping Beauty" features a bolder use of color and design to express character and emotion. And credit for all this mostly goes to Eyvind Earle, whom Walt Disney entrusted with the styling and creative vision of "Sleeping Beauty."
"Sleeping Beauty" may lack the groundbreaking appeal of "Snow White" and the emotional pull of "Dumbo", but, artistically, there is no other Disney film like it.
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