Disney will be releasing “Sleeping Beauty” on Blu Ray disc in October. The title will also be available on DVD.
In production from 1951 until the end of 1958, this film set a record for the longest production schedule in the studio’s history. This record was later tied by “The Black Cauldron”. Featuring elaborate backgrounds and a much more angular character design, this film was initially no favorite of critics.
While the film seems to drag in some spots, it gives us perhaps one of the best villains in animation, Maleficant.
Maleficant is pure evil, from here color scheme, to her voice by Eleanor Audley (also the voice of Madame Leota in the Haunted Mansion), and animation by Marc Davis. In my opinion, the film is worth the purchase price just to see her in action in HD.