Based upon fairy tales attributed to a handful of storytellers throughout the centuries (Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and Giambattista Basile to name a few), the Disney version of this tale of magic, curses, and royalty debuted on January 29, 1959.
While the centuries-old tale of the sleeping princess is full of its own oddities, trivia, and surprises, the most-famous animated telling features some pieces of trivia of its own.
Sleeping Beauty Facts
- Because Sleeping Beauty and the building of Disneyland coincided, the palace inside the park was designated as Aurora’s palace. It was originally intended for Snow White, but it was instead deemed a great marketing tool for the latest Disney film.
- Besides adapting the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty, the musical team also designed and adapted the score of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty ballet for the film.
- Lead artist for the movie, Eyvind Earle, gave the art style a medieval art appeal. This was at the request of Disney Studios, who wanted to set their newest movie apart from its two fairy tail predecessors, Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
- After her final scene in the cottage, Aurora does not speak for the rest of the film.
- The film’s most famous song, “Once Upon a Dream,” is specifically based on “Grande Valse Villageoise” by Tchaikovsky.
- Though she never says his name in the movie, Maleficent’s raven’s name is Diablo.
- There are many continuity mistakes in Sleeping Beauty–the laces on Flora’s bodice change positions, items in the cottage move while the fairies are making Aurora’s dress, and items disappear, such as King Hubert’s swordfish he grabs during an argument with King Stefan.
- The names Aurora and Briar Rose were both adapted from earlier versions of the story, with Aurora appearing in the ballet and Briar Rose appearing in the Grimm Brothers version.
Easter Egg/Hidden Mickey
- Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather eat Mickey Mouse-shaped cookies with their tea. This is known as a “Hidden Mickey,” which is a common element in Disney movies, parks, and other related properties.
Sleeping Beauty Trivia
What is Aurora named after?
- The goddess of the dawn, Aurora, which translates into “dawn” in Latin
What was Prince Philip’s horse’s name?
What did Prince Philip promise his horse in return for helping him find the songstress?
- An extra bucket of oats and carrots
What item of clothing was left behind in the cottage after Maleficent kidnapped Prince Phillip?
- His hat
How did the fairies put a stop to Diablo, Maleficent’s raven?
- Merryweather turned him into a statue.
What were Flora and Fauna’s gifts to Aurora?
- Beauty and Song