!![[Literature/SleepingBeauty The original]]
* CompleteMonster: The Ogress Queen Mother is left to look after her daughter-in-law and grandchildren when her son, the prince, is called away to war. For no apparent reason, she decides to cannibalize them, starting with her four-year-old granddaughter, Dawn, ordering her chief steward to kill and cook her. The Steward hides Dawn away and kills and cooks an animal instead, repeating the process with the three-year-old grandson, Day, and the princess. When the queen realizes the trick, she gathers the princess and her children along with the steward and his wife and servant girl, deciding to drop all six into a vat full of snakes and poisonous toads.
* HilariousInHindsight: ''Literature/SleepingBeauty'' tells the story of an ethereal, animal-loving adolescent who spent a century in suspended animation only to be awakened by the child of a local ruler. [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.]]

!![[Disney/SleepingBeauty The Disney version]]
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** What is Aurora's real motivation for going to the castle when she clearly doesn't want to? Is she just spineless? Doing the right thing? Which is she really more sad over- losing Philip, being told her happy peasant life is a lie and having to leave it forever, having a major career (ruling) forced on her? Or (most likely) '''[[BreakThecutie all of the above]]'''?
** The idea that Maleficent and the Three Fairies are members, respectively, of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classifications_of_fairies Unseelie and Seelie Court.]] Stefan paid the Seelie fairies due respect, referring to them as ''most exalted'', and they responded with gifts in return, as many Seelie fairies were thought to do. However, like all Unseelie Court fairies, Maleficent was AlwaysChaoticEvil and more or less just existed to wreck people, and the Seelie Court had no power or influence over her; they could not reverse Maleficent's curse directly.
** Was Maleficent ''really'' offended at not being invited? Or did she just curse Aurora [[ForTheEvulz for fun]]? If she ''were'' invited, would she inevitably have found another excuse?
** There are quite a few people who consider Flora, Fauna and Merryweather to be the ''true'' protagonists of the film. Considering how much focus they get and the fact that they, to an extent, are the ones who really save the day, this isn't an unreasonable viewpoint. It doesn't help that Phillip and Aurora tend to come off as [[VanillaProtagonist Vanilla Protagonists.]]
*** This was intentionally placed by Disney to differentiate the film from most of his films at the time.
* AwesomeArt: The film's animation style is quite unusual for Disney, with Eyvind Earle drawing on medieval tapestries to create highly detailed backgrounds that lie somewhere between two- and three-dimensional. Even the people who don't care for the film tend to agree it's amazing to look at.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** The entire score, courtesy of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (albeit rearranged and with added lyrics by George Bruns), but for a single song, "Once Upon a Dream" is probably the topper.
** Also "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWsdd3ZgFxc Battle with the Forces of Evil]]", which plays during The Fairies and Prince Phillip's escape from the Forbidden Mountain and their battle with Dragon Maleficent.
%%MOD NOTE: Don't add Maleficent as a Complete Monster. She has been ruled out by the Special Efforts forum.
%% A major character--such as the main villain and the fairies--cannot be an EnsembleDarkhorse
* AuthorsSavingThrow: The film addresses an issue in the original fairy tale--- specifically, why, if the final fairy could enchant the princess to be awoken by TrueLovesKiss, she couldn't just go ahead and remove the curse entirely. The Three Good Fairies tell Stefan that they can't revoke gifts from other members of their kind, and there's also the implication that Maleficent is too powerful for them to remove the curse outright. They have to redirect it into an enchanted, almost deathlike sleep.
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Aurora has been criticised for years as one of the weakest and most passive Disney Princesses - as she's a DistressedDamsel who needs to be saved by a man. But the Aurora hate has received a lot of backlash as the years go by, with some finding that she is a good character that gets OvershadowedByAwesome (Maleficent, the fairies and even Philip), for stuff that isn't even her fault in the first place. Despite Aurora often being the first princess to get criticised by detractors, she's still one of the most popular princesses among certain fans.
* BrokenBase:
** Over what colour the dress looks better in - blue or pink. It spends most of the film blue but is pink in most of the merchandise. This is mostly to distinguish Aurora from {{Disney/Cinderella}} whose dress is blue (but is white in her original film). ''Kingdom Hearts'' offered a compromise and showed the dress being purple.
** The movie itself. Some fans dismiss it as being sexist for having the PrincessClassic being a DamselInDistress who "doesn't do anything" and has little to no character development, preferring the villain herself to most of the characters. Other fans praise it as one of Walt's best works of art for its animation and music, with some seeing it as [[http://excellent-show-of-patience.tumblr.com/post/67003045977/sleeping-beauty-review very progressive for its day]], for its female-driven narrative, diverse female characters, a princess who doesn't want to be a princess, and an open-minded prince who dismisses arranged marriages in favor of love.
* CultClassic: This movie nearly bankrupted the Disney studio and got lukewarm reviews from critics. However it has a large amount of fans who love the animation style and the DarkerAndEdgier tone from a lot of other Disney movies. Aurora is incredibly popular despite having only eighteen minutes of screen time. And Maleficent is recognised as one of the most iconic Disney villains of all time.
* EstrogenBrigade: Prince Philip has quite a lot of fangirls, stemming no doubt from the fact that he was the first human male that Disney were able to produce without putting him into the UncannyValley.
* EvilIsCool: Maleficent is famous for being a villain MadeOfWin, so popular in her own right that she got [[{{Film/Maleficent}} her own movie]] and a leadership position over the Disney villains in the first ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts.''
* FairForItsDay: This is the first Disney Princess film where the prince and princess actually got to properly meet and talk first - despite being a very brief scene. Also Philip was the first prince to get any kind of character or development at all.
* {{Fanon}}: As Merriweather never gets to give her gift at the christening, fans like to wonder what it might be. A poll on the Disney Princess site saw that 'intelligence' was the most popular opinion.
* FanonDiscontinuity:
** Aurora's segment from the CompilationMovie ''Franchise/DisneyPrincess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams'' hasn't gotten much love from the public. Its crimes include turning the princess into a ditz, and boasting animation that fails at evoking "a moving illustration." Even Aurora's original voice actress, Mary Costa, believes it justifies Disney's refusal to make a full-length sequel. (read the second page of [[http://www.dvdizzy.com/sleepingbeauty-interview.html this interview]])
** The ''Maleficent'' movie is considered this by those who would rather the villainess remain evil at heart, instead of being turned into TheWoobie. Or to those who wish she'd been cast as someone other than Angelina Jolie. Or those who feel that the fairies, often seen as the actual heroines of the story, were DemotedToExtra solely to [[SpotlightStealingSquad prop up Maleficient]], ''plus'' applying AdaptationalVillainy to Aurora's kindly dad King Stefan. In fairness, said film is also clearly an AlternateContinuity, and Disney's Animated Canon has always taken precedence over the live-action adaptations.
* HarsherInHindsight: One of the biggest complaints about Aurora, in spite of being one of the original Disney Princesses, in addition to how [[VanillaProtagonist underwhelming]] her character is, is the disproportionate amount of merchandise/advertising that she receives over some of the other, more popular princesses. Over fifty years after first being introduced, [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Rapunzel]] came along with all of the charisma and personality that she lacks, to the point that some fans are even calling for the latter to take the former's place in the Disney Princess franchise. Not helping matters is how much both characters look alike (especially as both being blondes.)
** Maleficent does rather a lot of gasping and pressing her hand to her chest. This was based on her voice actress, Eleanor Audley's, gestures and mannerisms while recording her dialogue -- and it makes sense, given she almost turned down the role because she was fighting tuberculosis.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** It's hard to watch ''Sleeping Beauty'' nowadays and ''not'' think of the Creator/{{Rankin Bass|Productions}} animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheHobbit'' from the late Seventies, or of the many [[HighFantasy "sword and sorcery"]] animated kids' shows of TheEighties (the best example probably being ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''), whose collective aesthetic and tone echoed a lot of what was seen and heard in this film.
** A deleted scene on the Diamond Edition UsefulNotes/BluRay portrays Aurora as almost a proto-[[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jasmine]]: A princess who spends her life cooped up in a castle, and desires freedom so strongly, she releases her pet bird from its cage, then sneaks to the marketplace disguised as a peasant, whereupon she meets the love of her life.
** The filmmakers intentionally avoided the hundred years of sleep in the fairy tale, since they found the idea of Aurora marrying a guy ''one hundred years her junior'' (on top of being someone she just met) questionable in regards to the age difference. It plays this trope straight considering how popular the MayflyDecemberRomance trope has gotten, particularly when one thinks of a certain [[Literature/{{Twilight}} book series]].
** For Spaniard audiences there was a big one in the Latin American Spanish dub, of all places. Prince Phillip's name was localized in Spanish as "Felipe"[[note]]Which is the Spanish equivalent of "Phillip". Thus why this isn't quite a DubNameChange[[/note]], and thus remained as his official name in Spain as well. Fastforward 22 years later, when Spain became a democratic monarchy once again after Franco's dictatorship. And just so happened that the heir to the throne was Felipe de Borbón, who was born 12 years after the movie came out. Right until he was crowned king in 2015, Spaniard audiences couldn't help but to chuckle hearing "Príncipe Felipe" in this movie's Spanish version.
** Somehow, the scene between Flora and Merriweather fighting over a dress's colour became more relevant as of early 2015 when TheInternet had a FlameWar whether the colour of a Roman Originals dress was blue and black lace or white and gold lace.
** During the climactic battle with Maleficent, Phillip's [[BadassCape cape]] gets caught on the branches of the thorny brushes. Clearly, this incident paved the [[MemeticMutation "NO CAPES"]] philosophy in [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles a future Disney movie]].
* [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]]: In the face of everything, even her minions' stupidity, Maleficent always somehow manages to get ahead.
* MemeticMutation: The internet has not been kind to Aurora. She's typically portrayed as a Mean Girl of some sort in her interactions with the other princesses. [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/jennaguillaume/sassy-sleeping-beauty-is-the-queen-of-disney-princesses#.bg0XDK940 Here]]'s a pretty good example.
* {{Narm}}: The close-up shot of Aurora when she first wakes up looks ''really'' weird, and perhaps even a bit creepy.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Much of the music and songs were heavily borrowed from Tchaikovsky's music for the ballet of the same name. For instance, "Once Upon a Dream", the movie's most notable song? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihVvBCCvA5Y Boom.]] In some parts, it's actually taken a step further: some parts of the movie's incidental music actually use movements from Tchaikovsky's original ballet with slight reorchestrations in some places! One of the most prominent examples is the use of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzR0OrsR5IU Puss in Boots and the White Cat]] as the music with which [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBNjfdkZy0E Aurora pricks her finger.]]
* [[HesJustHiding She's Just Hiding]]: Many fans believe that Maleficent is still alive, mainly because [[NoBodyLeftBehind she apparently left no corpse]]. In the AlternateUniverse ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' canon they use this to reintroduce Maleficent, as thinking about her when her cloak is nearby resurrects her. In fact, during the recreation of the movie's climax in the prequel ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', Maleficent actually ''SURVIVES'' being stabbed by Phillip, albeit weakly limping away while clutching her chest back in fairy form, though only [[ActionGirl Aqua]] knows of her survival. And in ''{{Film/Maleficent}}'' she is [[spoiler: SparedByTheAdaptation]].
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Well, not quite. But this ''is'' a unique entry in the pre-''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' Disney animated sweepstakes. It's a much more serious treatment than 1950s audiences were used to seeing from Disney: other than the bickering fairies and the drunken minstrel, there isn't much of the [[StockShticks vaudeville shtick]] from, say, ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' or ''Disney/PeterPan''; the aesthetic is literally DarkerAndEdgier (many more shadows and darkened faces, and there wouldn't be Disney characters this angular again until ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' 38 years later); and the medieval setting is ''truly'' medieval: historically accurate, properly Gothic, and without the [[PurelyAestheticEra Fifties-sitcom gloss]] seen in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''. Compared to Disney's other "classic" films, ''Sleeping Beauty'' looks more like something by Creator/DonBluth (after he left Disney, that is) or Creator/RankinBass. You might even call it the ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' of its time, especially since HighFantasy was in very short supply in 1950s America.
* SuperlativeDubbing: The 1959 Latin American Spanish dub - the acting is almost perfect. However, it was redubbed in 2001 and... [[DubbingVsSubbing Well...]]
* VanillaProtagonist: Aurora and Phillip represent on a grand scale fairy tale archetypes--PrincessClassic and PrinceCharming. This is fairly obvious at the start of the film, but by the time the third act has begun, unique personality and even dialogue is cut out to leave behind only the archetypes. That is, if you believe they ''are'' the protagonists of the movie in the first place. See DecoyProtagonist.
* VindicatedByHistory: This film did not recoup its budget (in spite of grossing well enough to come second in the box office during its opening) and, at best, garnered mixed results from critics. Its failings were a crushing disappointment to Walt Disney himself and nearly killed off the studio's production of animated feature films. Although the process used to make it helped lower the costs of future animated movies and keep it going, no fairy tales would come out of the studio until TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation hit with ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. Nowadays, however, the film is considered a classic that proved that the studio was able to make a genuinely dark fairy tale and helped to give the [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon canon]] one of its greatest villains.
* {{Wangst}}: It's not hard to see Aurora's misery about not seeing the boy she met a half hour before and going to live with her parents in a castle and be a princess as being overly dramatic. Made somewhat HilariousInHindsight when Maleficent gets [[Film/{{Maleficent}} her own movie]], which actually touches on the fact that Aurora and Phillip have only just met. [[spoiler: Since genuine love cannot exist after only a single meeting, Prince Phillip doesn't end up being the one to break Aurora's curse.]] Others are more charitable to her and believe her angst is pretty understandable since the revelation about being a princess and going to the castle overlaps with her ''finding out that her entire life has been a total lie''.
* WeirdAlEffect:
** It becomes difficult to watch the ballet once one is familiar with the film, as the same score cues two completely different events in the ballet and film. Hearing the waltz would probably also cause several viewers to mentally hear the lyrics to "Once Upon a Dream" and/or "I Wonder" despite no one actually singing them.
** The effect is most notable in the "Characteristic Scene" music. In the film, a ''creepy'' tune where poor ensorcelled Aurora is led to her fate. In the ballet, a funny and flirty dance between Puss-in-Boots and the White Cat.
* TheWoobie: Poor Aurora. In many scenes, she looks like a kicked puppy.