!![[Literature/SleepingBeauty The original]]
* FreudWasRight: In folklore a person at the age of 15, is very lustful. And at that age she decided to touch a pointy item of a certain shape, and end up bleeding.
** All the fairies symbolize something a proper woman will get/learn. The wicked fairy represents her sexuality, and she was born by a frog. The princess never learned about that.
** The way the thorns prevent men from appropriating the princess during a long time, represent how we tend to ignore almost everyone during puberty, until we "spring out". Just like the flowers did.

!![[Disney/SleepingBeauty The Disney version]]
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** Tchaikovsky's entire score, but for a single song, "Once Upon a Dream" is probably the topper.
** Also "Battle With The Forces Of Evil"
%%MOD NOTE: Don't add Maleficent as a CompleteMonster. 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
* ChaoticEvil: Maleficent is Type 4.
* EvilIsCool: Maleficent is famous for being a villain MadeOfWin, so popular in her own right that she's getting [[{{Maleficent}} her own movie!]]
* 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]])
* FridgeBrilliance: Maleficent in the beginning is rather attractive for an evil fairy, satisfied with cursing the baby and getting her revenge. When she starts getting more and more desperate as the years go by, she starts looking uglier and more haggard. Losing sleep over it?
* HellIsThatNoise: The music you hear when Maleficent hypnotizes Aurora. If you listen carefully it's actually singing "Aurora...". The voice calling out even changes from language to language.
* HilariousInHindsight: It's hard to watch ''Sleeping Beauty'' nowadays and ''not'' think of the RankinBass animated adaptation of ''TheHobbit'' from the late Seventies, or of the many [[HighFantasy "sword and sorcery"]] animated kids' shows of TheEighties (the best example probably being ''HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse''), whose collective aesthetic and tone echoed a lot of what was seen and heard in this film.
* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Her Own Petard]]: Maleficent is undone by her own arrogance. She could have ensured her curse's success simply by killing Phillip after his capture; instead she keeps him around [[EvilGloating to gloat]]. She also doesn't seem particularly worried about the survival of the three Good Fairies, even after they foiled her plans for nearly sixteen years.
* [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]]: In the face of everything, even her minions' stupidity, Maleficent always somehow manages to get ahead.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: For how nightmarish Maleficent's dragon form is, it makes Prince Phillip's takedown of her one of the greatest moments of the Disney animated canon.
* 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 KingdomHearts canon they use this to reintroduce Maleficent, as thinking about her when her cloak is nearby resurrects her.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Well, not quite. But this ''is'' a unique entry in the pre-''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, ''SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' or ''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 RankinBass. You might even call it the ''[[TheLordOfTheRings Lord of the Rings]]'' 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...]]
* 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.
* 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.
* TheWoobie: Poor Aurora. In many scenes, she looks like a kicked puppy.