Sleeping Beauty – Disneycember

Doug Walker reviews Disney’s Sleeping Beauty

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Creator of 5 Second Movies, Nostalgia Critic, Bum Reviews and more.

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  1. 100% agree about Aurora. If ever there was a character that screamed “I’m a MacGuffin”, that’s her. I respect your defense of Disney Princesses and mostly agree with everything you said, but this and “Cinderella” had one big thing in common: padding with characters who weren’t in the story to make it work. In “Cinderella”, that movie had to be at least 60% talking mice. Here, we get the three fairies and Maleficent to lodge in the viewers’ memories. I honestly don’t think they made the live action version of this simply to give Maleficent “the Wicked treatment”, but also because she’s the most interesting character in the original movie. (When they did live-action “101 Dalmations”, they certainly didn’t highlight Pongo, Perdy, Roger, or Anita…it was all about the charismatic Cruella De Ville.) And Aurora is STILL a MacGuffin even in the live-action one. (Now there’s something they could have “improved on”…)

    In defense of Phillip, however…until “Beauty and the Beast”, the “prince” in Disney films did even less than the Disney princess. While this still had a long way to go before it hit Eric, let alone Beast, I appreciate the film trying to give the prince SOMETHING to do before showing up as the deus ex machina.

    One other thing that always got me about this movie is that it “completed the evolution” (or devolution, perhaps) of the style of adult females in Disney from where they started in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to what they pretty much look like today. In “Snow White”, everyone except the dwarfs (which made sense as they weren’t human) “looked human”, like actors in roles. As early as “Pinocchio”, adult males looked “more cartoony” and with more exaggerated features, but the Blue Fairy was still clearly a “female model”. Cinderella still looked “mostly human” (I don’t think the ugly stepsisters really count…that was intentional…). Then, around “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan” they started to look more “animated”…and finally when you get to Aurora, we have the (possibly too) slim waist, the big eyes, and everything else that makes her an “animated character”.

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