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YMMV: Sleeping Beauty

The original

  • Freud Was Right: 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.

The Disney version

  • Awesome Music:
    • Tchaikovsky's entire score, but for a single song, "Once Upon a Dream" is probably the topper.
    • Also "Battle With The Forces Of Evil"
  • Evil Is Cool: Maleficent is famous for being a villain Made of Win, so popular in her own right that she's getting her own movie!
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Aurora's segment from the Compilation Movie Disney Princess 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 this interview)
  • Hell Is That Noise: 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.
  • Magnificent Bitch: In the face of everything, even her minions' stupidity, Maleficent always somehow manages to get ahead.
  • Moment Of Awesome: 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.
  • Older Than They Think: 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? 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 Puss in Boots and the White Cat as the music with which Aurora pricks her finger.
  • She's Just Hiding: Many fans believe that Maleficent is still alive, mainly because she apparently left no corpse. In the Alternate Universe Kingdom Hearts canon they use this to reintroduce Maleficent, as thinking about her when her cloak is nearby resurrects her.
  • Vindicated by History: 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 The Renaissance Age of Animation hit with The Little Mermaid. 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 canon one of its greatest villains.
  • Weird Al Effect: 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 Woobie: Poor Aurora. In many scenes, she looks like a kicked puppy.

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