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Sleeping Beauty is a 1994 adaption of Sleeping Beauty created by Jetlag Productions and GoodTimes Entertainment.

The birth of Princess Felicity is a momentous occasion for the kingdom, and her parents the King and Queen invite all the fairies in the land to her christening... all except Odelia, an evil fairy many believed to be dead. Outraged at this slight, Odelia crashes Felicity's christening and casts a death spell on the child, promising when Felicity turns sixteen she will prick her finger on a spindle and die. The bumbling, inexperienced fairy Primrose does her best to alter Odelia's curse, changing it so Felicity will only fall into ageless sleep for one hundred years and a day to be awakened by true love's kiss. And as an added bonus, the day of Felicity's awakening will be the day Odelia herself will die.

Primrose remains Felicity's constant companion for the next sixteen years, but the restless princess sneaks away to explore the castle by herself for the first time, and finds a room with an old woman using a spinning wheel. Having never seen one before (as her parents banished spinning wheels from their kingdom) Felicity asks to try the wheel, only to "accidentally" prick her finger on its spindle. Primrose arrives just in time to see Felicity collapse and the old woman reveal herself as Odelia, wherein Odelia brags about Primrose making Felicity's suffering far grander than originally planned. Odelia points out Felicity will awaken to a world where all her loved ones have died, so Primrose desperately tries to rectify this by making the entire kingdom slumber alongside Felicity. Over the next century, princes try in vain to reach the fabled "Sleeping Beauty," but Odelia blocks them at every turn. One day a hundred years later, a prince named Richard appears and is guided by Primrose's voice to reach Felicity and save her, while Odelia throws everything she can at him.

Tropes applying in this version of Sleeping Beauty are:

  • Animal Motif: Odelia's dress and wings make her resemble a hornet or a wasp.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Primrose flowers, like the one that Primrose the fairy becomes after she uses up all her magic, are portrayed as a type of red rose. Real primroses are tiny flowers that aren't even related to roses.
  • Babies Ever After: The end of the film shows Felicity and Richard happily strolling through the palace gardens with their two children.
  • Brutal Honesty: Primrose doesn't shy away from telling people to stop being morons.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Lampshaded when Amoratta tries to talk Odelia down from hurting Felicity, reasoning her being uninvited was a simple oversight and Felicity's parents didn't actively try to shun her. Odelia doesn't care.
  • Dramatic Irony: Felicity fell under the sleeping curse because she got away from Primrose by making her fall asleep.
  • Easily Impressed: Felicity gets very excited about going up a tower by herself that was just down the hall from her bedroom. That said, it's implied to be a part of the castle she's never been in before since up until that moment she was never allowed to be on her own.
  • Flower Motif: Primrose, despite her name, doesn't have any real connection to her namesake, until she spends so much of her energy freezing the kingdom her body transforms into an actual primrose.
  • Gilded Cage: Felicity grows up with all the typical luxuries accorded to a royal princess, but because of her curse has to be constantly watched over by Primrose. She longs for the day when she can be free of Primrose's watch.
  • Honor Before Reason: Getting accidentally snubbed over not getting an invite to Felicity's christening she places a death curse on the girl and plans to follow it through even after it gets altered and would've ended up killing Odelia instead.
  • Idiot Ball: Primrose constantly supervises Felicity's every move from the moment she's cursed... until the curse day arrives and Primrose decides right then is the perfect time to take a good, long nap. Subverted in that Felicity actively lulled Primrose into falling asleep so she could have a break from her for a few moments.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Primrose, although she's not actually a child; she's voiced by 11-year-old Andrea Libman and she's very snarky compared to the rest of the characters.
  • Large Ham: Prince Richard likes to talk to himself and go on long winded monologues. Primrose comments how ridiculous he is. The fact that Felicity talks to herself in a similar fashion implies they really were meant to be together.
  • The Leader: Amoratta appears to be the one the rest of the good fairies answer to, and she alone tries to shield baby Felicity from Odelia.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Felicity's last words before falling asleep are spent begging for Primrose's forgiveness for disobeying her.
    • Primrose has this reaction when Odelia points out she's doomed Felicity to a future of loneliness, and thereby doomed her parents to spend their last remaining years knowing how alone their child will be.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • The Queen immediately figures out Odelia is gonna be super pissed off she wasn't invited to Felicity's christening, even though no one had heard from her in years to the point they thought she was dead.
    • The King and Queen both have this reaction as soon as they hear Odelia's evil laugh.
  • Only Sane Man: Primrose, who expresses her disgust at the mushy lovey-dovey stuff around her, points out the King can use his authority to banish spindles to make it less likely Felicity will prick her finger, and acknowledges Richard's hammy behavior.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: Not only is the castle surrounded by briars and a bottomless pit under Odelia's spell, a giant named Valdar sleeps inside the pit, ready to eat anyone who wakes him. He also wears a flask around his neck containing a magic potion, which is the only thing that can destroy the briars. Prince Richard has to purposefully wake him and battle him in order to get into the castle.
  • The Power of Love: Amoratta grants this gift to Felicity, in the sense she grants her compassion and genuine love for everyone around her.
  • The Protagonist: Primrose carries most of the story's action, altering Odelia's curse, watching over Felicity, freezing the kingdom, guiding Richard, and sacrificing herself to stop Odelia for good.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: It's implied, in order for Richard's true love kiss to be genuine, he and Felicity had been sharing dreams. Richard explains to Primrose's voice that he's dreamed of Felicity, and when Felicity wakes up she seems to know who Richard is.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Odelia shows up totally alive and totally steamed at Felicity's christening.
  • Sadist: Odelia doesn't simply want Felicity to die. She wants Felicity, Primrose, the king and queen, everyone to suffer as much as possible as revenge over a ridiculous oversight. She even makes sure her curse doesn't kick in immediately after Felicity pricks her finger, ensuring the girl remains awake long enough to realize something's wrong with her before pleading for Primrose's forgiveness.
  • The Smart Guy: Wisteria of the fairies appears to be this, since she grants Felicity the gift of cleverness and curiosity.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Odelia points out the logical conclusion of Primrose's "Hundred years and a day" addition to the curse, pointing out she might've spared Felicity from death... but what about everyone else in Felicity's life?
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Primrose to the rest of the fairies.
  • True Blue Femininity: Amoratta the Blue Fairy.
  • Villain Ball: Had Odelia simply called off her curse after Primrose altered it, she wouldn't have died at the end.

Alternative Title(s): Sleeping Beauty Golden Films