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Sleeping Beauty Disney Vintage Original Production Cel of Briar Rose 1959

  • Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  • Large Image of Brair Rose
  • Hand Painted Original Production Cel Used in the Making of the Film
  • Cel is Unframes & Unmatted
  • Size: 12.5" x 15"
  • On a Reproduction Background
  • Certificate of Authenticity from The Cricket Gallery


Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault. The 16th Disney animated feature film, it was released to theaters on January 29, 1959, by Buena Vista Distribution. This was the last Disney adaptation of a fairy tale for some years; the studio did not return to the genre until 30 years later, after Walt Disney died in 1966, with the release of The Little Mermaid (1989).

Plot:  After many childless years, King Stefan and Queen Leah welcome a daughter, the Princess Aurora. A holiday is proclaimed to pay homage to the princess. At her christening, Aurora is betrothed to Prince Phillip, the son of King Stefan's closest friend King Hubert, to unite their kingdoms.

Soon, the royal herald announces the arrival of three more guests: the three good fairies called Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. Flora and Fauna bless Aurora with beauty and song, respectively, but Merryweather's gift is interrupted by Maleficent, an evil witch who is furious about not being invited by the kingdom. As retaliation, Maleficent curses the princess, proclaiming Aurora will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday. Although Maleficent's power is too strong to undo, Merryweather uses her gift to weaken the curse; instead of dying, Aurora will fall into a deep sleep until true love's kiss breaks the spell. Still concerned, King Stefan orders all the spinning wheels in the kingdom to be burned. The fairies know that Maleficent will not rest until she gets her way, so they convince the King and Queen to let Aurora live with them in a cottage hidden in the forest until she turns sixteen.

Aurora is renamed Briar Rose and grows into a beautiful young woman. She does not know her guardians are fairies since they have disguised themselves as peasants. On her sixteenth birthday, they ask her to gather berries so they can prepare a surprise party. Aurora befriends the animals of the forest and sings them a song, "Once Upon a Dream." Phillip, now a handsome young man, follows Aurora's voice and is instantly struck by her beauty and grace. She is initially startled, as she is not allowed to talk to strangers, but she and Phillip fall in love. She invites him to meet her godmothers at the cottage that evening.
Meanwhile, Merryweather and Flora argue over Aurora's gown's color, their magic attracting the attention of Maleficent's raven Diablo. Returning home, Aurora is thrilled to tell her guardians that she has fallen in love. Not knowing that Prince Phillip is the one, the fairies tell Aurora her true identity and that she is already betrothed. Diablo overhears the news and flies off to tell Maleficent. Heartbroken, Aurora cries in her room. Meanwhile, Phillip tells his father he wishes to marry a peasant girl, despite his betrothal to a princess, and Hubert is left devastated.

The fairies take Aurora to the castle to await her birthday celebrations and be reunited with her parents. Maleficent appears and lures Aurora into a dark tower with the spindle of a cursed spinning wheel, forcing Flora, Merryweather, and Fauna to stop her. But before they can, Aurora pricks her finger, fulfilling the curse, only moments before the sun sets. When the fairies arrive too late to save Aurora, Maleficent taunts the three fairies in their efforts to defeat her and reveal the sleeping princess before she disappears. Feeling heartbroken about what happened, the three fairies place the sleeping Aurora on a bed in the highest tower and cast a powerful spell on everyone in the kingdom, causing them to sleep until the spell on their princess is broken. After overhearing a brief sleepy conversation between the two kings, they realize that Phillip is the man Aurora fell in love with in the forest. They rush to find him, but they were too late as they discovered that Maleficent and her goons have abducted him. At the Forbidden Mountains, Maleficent shows Phillip the sleeping Princess Aurora and says she will lock him away until he is an old man on the verge of death. Only then will she release him to meet his love, who will not have aged a single day.
The fairies rescue Phillip, arming him with the magical Sword of Truth and Shield of Virtue and escape from the Forbidden Mountains. An enraged Maleficent surrounds the castle with thorns but fails to stop Phillip. She confronts him directly, transforming into an enormous black dragon. They battle, and Phillip throws the sword, blessed by the fairies, directly into Maleficent's heart, killing her.

Phillip awakens Aurora with a kiss, breaking the spell and waking the kingdom. The royal couple descends to the ballroom, where Aurora is reunited with her parents. Flora and Merryweather resume their dispute over Aurora's gown until it finally becomes pink while the couple shares a dance, living happily ever after.

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