!![[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]]
* 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- all of the above?
* 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.
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* 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.
* 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.
* ChaoticEvil: Maleficent is Type 4.
* EvilIsCool: Maleficent is famous for being a villain MadeOfWin, so popular in her own right that she got [[{{Film/Maleficent}} her own movie!]]
* 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.
* 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. In fairness, said film is also clearly an AlternateContinuity, and Disney's Animated Canon has always taken precedence over the live-action adaptations.
* 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?
--> '''Maleficent''': For the first time in sixteen years, I shall sleep well.
* 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 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 Blu-Ray 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]].
* [[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. [[spoiler: It's very understandable why viewers of the 2014 ''Maleficent'' film--- even those who ''liked'' said film--- were upset that the film avoided this by giving the dragon form to her familiar.]]
* 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.
* 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.]]
* 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.
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