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Headscratchers: Sleeping Beauty

Disney version

  • Why didn't they just wait until after her 16th birthday to reveal Aurora's identity? We could have avoided this whole mess if they'd just waited until then.
    • A troper on the Fridge Logic page suggested that Malificent's magic, being more powerful than that of the good fairies, overruled everyones common sense and forced the events to play out as they did.
    • Maybe they just got confident? The plan was working after all. If Flora and Merryweather hadn't engaged in a petty magic battle, Maleficent never would have found them. By the time it occured to her to see if Aurora had returned to the castle it would have probably been too late to do anything.
    • They weren't about to present her until after sunset on her birthday - the exact time the curse expired. She arrives at the castle only a few minutes before sunset. But presumably the fairies were planning to bring her later on just to be safe but had to move her because she'd agreed to meet Philip at the cottage. They felt it was more convenient to leave the cottage before he got there rather than trying to explain to an apparent peasant boy that his crush was in fact the princess. Essentially they had planned to keep her under careful observation until sunset but Flora's conscience got the better of her and they left her alone for a few minutes.
  • The three fairies lock themselves into a lantern to discuss their plans. This is so Malificent can't overhear. Then they reveal the whole plan to the king and queen, out in the open. What, Maleficent didn't overhear that?
    • It's never specified where they told the King and Queen. Or how.
  • Why couldn't Merryweather turn Malecifent into a toad anyway? Flora and Fauna say that their magic can only bring happiness, but turning her into a toad would've made Merryweather happy, and probably a lot of other people, too.
    • Because Maleficent is magical too, and much more powerful than them. She'd probably be not only able to turn herself back to normal, but to also return the favor considerably.
  • The fairies seemed to have a pretty hard time cooking and sewing. Not that those things are effortlessly easy, but they'd been living like mortals for 16 years and taking care of a kid. Shouldn't one of those have come up by now?
    • The implication is that Merryweather has been doing the cooking and sewing this whole time (and has to be somewhat competent or Briar Rose would be dead by now). Fauna is directly stated to have tried baking for the first time. The only reason Merryweather uses her powers to get the cleaning done is because it is tedious.
    • Note that when Merryweather says, "I never baked a fancy cake!", she puts emphasis on the fancy, which indicates she did at least some of the cooking all those years. She also helps define "tsp" for Fauna.
  • I know it's a fairy tale, but why is a daughter being born celebrated so much? In the film the whole kingdom was rejoicing, but in real life a princess would not be considered as important.
    • It's quite possible that women are respected in this fairy tale setting. Not only that, but the Queen and King hadn't had any children up to that point which meant no heirs. So, yes, being a fantasy setting, Disney was free to make a princess be an heir.
    • What about Queen Elizabeth II? I am not that familiar with the monarchy in the UK, but wasn't she the heir to the throne? Wasn't there a big celebration in her honor when she was born? Keep in mind, I was born in 1989, so...yah.
      • Yes, but that was in the twentieth century, when the monarchy didn't have that much power any more any way so it didn't matter as much, plus the fact that by this point England had had several successful - or at least tolerable - queens. In the Middle Ages, having a strong male heir plus a spare was absolutely vital to ensure the succession, and nobles were pretty iffy about having a woman on the throne. Witness the conflict between Stephen and Matilda, two cousins who engulfed England in the first of many civil wars...
      • Plus Elizabeth the II's father wasn't even supposed to be king, originally. He only became king because his brother abdiacted the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice divorced American. So technically she was third in line to the throne until her dad became king, which is when she became the Heir to the throne.
      • Elizabeth was the daughter of the Heir Presumptive (the second in line to the throne). Her chances of reaching the throne were estimated at roughly -0 when she was born, so there wasn't a huge outpouring for her. As for Aurora, well, the main reason for having a princess was to marry her off for political gain. As quickly as tempers flew between the two kings, odds are that Aurora's birth was the lynchpin in a peace treaty between the two nations, since Phillip was betrothed to her before they'd even cut the umbilical cord.
    • Well, depending on how old the parents are (I'm going to say the Queen's in her late 30s and the king maybe a bit older then that) which means Aurora would probably be the only child they ever have. So Aurora is by default the heir to her dad's throne (or parents, if they co-rule)
    • A princess was still valuable in the Middle Ages. Any daughters were used to secure alliances with other important kingdoms via marriage. Which is exactly what happened with Aurora and Philip. Any royal child is better than none.
    • It's one of those cases of we've-waited-so-long-for-a-child-that-we-thought-we-would-never-have-one-but-at-long-last-a-miracle-has-happened. The people were celebrating that their king and queen finally had the child they'd been longing for.
  • First, Maleficent's curse says (to my knowledge), "On her sixteenth birthday, she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die." It says nothing about that curse coming into effect any other time, ONLY on that date. If so, that makes the rest of the story completely useless. They didn't need to burn every spinning wheel in the kingdom (which probably seriously hurt their kingdom's ability to make clothes or sew cloth for trade), they didn't need the fairies to hide her away, they didn't need to be separated from their daughter for 16 entire years. They could have very easily hired the three fairies as Aurora's bodyguards. On her birthday, all they would have to do is lock away all of the spinning wheels for that one day and up the security in the castle. It would also help to keep her busy and contained to mostly one section of the castle, far away from any of the locked-away spinning wheels. Twenty-four hours of this, and she would have been perfectly fine. Plus, Maleficent would have probably expected the baby to be hidden. Hiding in plain sight, anyone?
    • Actually, it's "before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday". The curse in effect from when it was cast till the sun sets over the horizon. That's why extreme measures were necessary. Surveying her for twenty-four hours still might not have done the trick; the fairies only left Rose alone for a minute and that's all it took.
    • That's also why Maleficent has her subjects search the kingdom for sixteen years. If the curse could only work on her sixteenth birthday then she would have only sent them out then.
  • The fairies know that since Aurora's sixteenth birthday is coming up, Maleficent is probably getting desperate. Even if they still believed she didn't know about the cottage, they had to have realized she'd guess they were taking Aurora back to the castle So that now brings up the question...why did they leave her ALONE? They could have EASILY moved to the other side of the room and let her cry, but no - they LEFT. And guess what happened?
    • It's acknowledged in the movie itself that the fairies made a mistake. They start crying, "oh, why did we leave her alone?!" and later, Flora weeps and says "I'll never forgive myself". They were too confident they had eluded Maleficent, and they felt truly sorry for their foster daughter. It was a pretty tragic time for them, too - they had to give her up, and were grieving themselves. Also, they didn't yet know Maleficent had learned where they'd been hiding.
  • Aurora was cursed to sleep until she was kissed by her true love...so was wasn't magically putting the rest of the kingdom to sleep until their princess woke up kind of counterproductive? Any of those people could been her true love. That would have sucked.
    • When they do that, they've already found out that Aurora fell in love with some boy she met in the woods. They were probably planning to go after him and see if he really was her true love. Finding out he happened to be the man she was betrothed to just motivated them more.
      • But they didn't know anything about the boy in the woods. They had no reason to assume it was not someone from the nearest kingdom passing through. Alternatively, if Aurora told the fairies he was going to meet him at the cabin that evening and the fairies were absolutely convinced he'd show up then at least one of them ought to have been on their way to the cabin to fetch him. It's lucky the boy turned out to be Phillip, because if he were someone else, they'd have blown their best shot and ever finding the guy and breaking the spell.
      • Aurora was heartbroken that she couldn't see him again. Seems like a candidate for true love especially back in those days. Plan A was to put the castle to sleep and the fairies would have presumably discussed how to find the true love. However when King Hubert is falling asleep, he lets slip about Philip. Perhaps before that they assumed Philip was in the castle somewhere and it'd be easier to search for him with everyone asleep? Then they'd wake him up with their magic and get him to kiss Aurora.
      • Assuming Maleficent hadn't kidnapped him and they'd missed him at the cottage, who says they couldn't have used magic to track him down again?
    • As long as Aurora and her true love were both alive, the spell could be broken. That means there should have been a rush - it was only logical for Maleficent to target the only person could break the spell.
      • Except she specifically states that's not what she's going to do. She says she's going to keep Phillip locked up until he's an old man, then release him and let him go wake Aurora.
    • Who says they can't lift the sleeping spell? It was their own magic, after all. The only reason they cast it in the first place was so the King and Queen wouldn't have to discover after all their sacrifice was for nothing.
  • Why do people keep trying to compare this Disney version to the version where she's raped by the prince and has his twins, even though it's obviously based on the Thcaikovski ballet (the music is a rather big clue, if you happened to miss the opening credits)?
    • Because people enjoy Grimmification, whether or not it actually makes sense or is at all relevant.

Ballet version

  • In the Ballet, Prince Florimund has a Countess girlfriend before he is shown the vision of Aurora by the Lilac Fairy. What happened to her? Was she just okay with being dumped in the span of a few hours?
    • It wouldn't have mattered if she was okay with it or not. The prince was involved in an Arranged Marriage with a princess so the Countess wouldn't have gotten him anyway. There's also the matter of rank, and the prince outranked the countess. So she couldn't have gotten upset with it, at least in public.
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