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Still Looks Great,
This review is from: Sleeping Beauty (Special Edition) (DVD)I vividly remember the release of Sleeping Beauty. I was old enough to go see it myself - just barely. There I was sitting way up front eating my popcorn and all of a sudden this spectacular dragon materialized right before my eyes. Popcorn forgotten, I was hooked. Cartoons never looked the same to me, and I spent the rest of my life inhaling fantasy and science fiction on a quest for the same thrill.
Animation has changed quite a bit in the ensuing years, but even today Sleeping Beauty is a towering achievement. Now I'm more sensitive to the tricks of the art and can see the masterful use of perspective that made the scenes leap out at you. When I first picked up this DVD I half expected to be disappointed, to find it really wasn't so glorious in retrospect. This is hardly the case - this film is just as vibrant and alive as it was in 1959.
The added dimension now is that I can see how Disney's work was a formative influence on animation even today. Artist/Directors like Miyazaki owe much to this film and its predecessor Snow White. And they freely admit it. As a production, Sleeping Beauty created a sense of legitimacy for animation that proved that high quality animation was something well beyond the Saturday morning funnies.
Disney took a great risk when creating this film, pouring a tremendous amount of resources in making it something as perfect as was possible for his time. While the studio reaped the financial benefits, the audience was the real winner, as a whole genre exploded before our eyes. Even now, with anime rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with, this film stands out for story, art, and music.
The additional features, especially those that retell the making of the film, are excellent as well. All captures in fine detail on this DVD. This is a must see for anyone who still loves a fairy tale.
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Initial post: Oct 26, 2008 11:16:47 AM PDT
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Posted on Dec 25, 2008 8:27:53 PM PST
Warren J. Dew says:
I agree with your artistic evaluation of the film, but I'd just note that it wasn't a financial success for the studio. They spent too much making it to reap much in the way of financial benefits. On the other hand, their not cutting corners back then is part of the reason we can still enjoy it today!
Posted on Jun 21, 2010 8:01:39 PM PDT
I totally agree that the scenes from the movie were burned into my young brain and psyche, thanks to my trusty ViewMaster with the little reels that I looked at over, and over again....yes, the dragon, the Evil Stepmother, the Flying Fairy Godmothers...perhaps that is why I have always longed for some magic in my world, and hated the fact that Life is so dreadfully mundane...thanks to this review, I just may have to get my first Disney DVD at the age of 50!
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