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The Sleeping Princess (Sleeping Beauty)

Classic Fairy Tale
Illustrated by Edmund Dulac

The baby princess is cursed, by Edmund Dulac

Once upon a time, there was a Queen who had a beautiful baby daughter. She asked all the fairies in the kingdom to the christening, but unfortunately forgot to invite one of them, who was a bit of a witch as well. She came anyway, but as she passed the baby’s cradle, she said, “When you are sixteen, you will injure yourself with a spindle and die!”

“Oh, no!” screamed the Queen in horror. A good fairy quickly chanted a magic spell to change the curse. When she hurt herself, the girl would fall into a very deep sleep instead of dying.

The years went by, the little Princess grew and became the most beautiful girl in the whole kingdom. Her mother was always very careful to keep her away from spindles, but the Princess, on her sixteenth birthday, as she wandered through the castle, came into a room where an old servant was spinning.

“What are you doing?” she asked the servant.

“I’m spinning. Haven’t you seen a spindle before?”

“No. Let me see it!” The servant handed the girl the spindle … and she pricked herself with it and with a sigh, dropped to the floor.

The terrified old woman hurried to tell the Queen. Beside herself with anguish, the Queen did her best to awaken her daughter but in vain. The court doctors and wizards were called, but there was nothing they could do. The girl could not be wakened from her deep sleep. The good fairy who managed to avoid the worst of the curse came too, and the Queen said to her, “When will my daughter waken?”

“I don’t know,” the fairy admitted sadly.

“In a year’s time, ten years or twenty?” the Queen went on.

“Maybe in a hundred years’ time. Who knows?” said the fairy.

“Oh! What would make her waken?” asked the Queen weeping.

“Love,” replied the fairy. “If a man of pure heart were to fall in love with her, that would bring her back to life!”

“How can a man fall in love with a sleeping girl?” sobbed the Queen, and so heart-broken was she that, a few days later, she died. The sleeping Princess was taken to her room and laid on the bed surrounded by garlands of flowers. She was so beautiful, with a sweet face, not like those of the dead, but pink like those who are sleeping peacefully.

The good fairy said to herself, “When she wakens, who is she going to see around her? Strange faces and people she doesn’t know? I can never let that happen. It would be too painful for this unfortunate girl.”

So the fairy cast a spell; and everyone that lived in the castle – soldiers, ministers, guards, servants, ladies, pages, cooks, maids and knights – all fell into a deep sleep, wherever they were at that very moment.

“Now,” thought the fairy, “when the Princess wakes up, they too will awaken, and life will go on from there.” And she left the castle, now wrapped in silence. Not a sound was to be heard, nothing moved except for the clocks, but when they too ran down, they stopped, and time stopped with them. Not even the faintest rustle was to be heard, only the wind whistling round the turrets, not a single voice, only the cry of birds.

The years sped past. In the castle grounds, the trees grew tall. The bushes became thick and straggling, the grass invaded the courtyards and the creepers spread up the walls. In a hundred years, a dense forest grew up.

The sleeping princess and prince, by Edmund Dulac

Now, it so happened that a Prince arrived in these parts. He was the son of a king in a country close by. Young, handsome and melancholy, he sought in solitude everything he could not find in the company of other men: serenity, sincerity and purity. Wandering on his trusty steed he arrived, one day, at the dark forest. Being adventurous, he decided to explore it. He made his way through slowly and with a struggle, for the trees and bushes grew in a thick tangle. A few hours later, now losing heart, he was about to turn his horse and go back when he thought he could see something through the trees . . . He pushed back the branches . . . Wonder of wonders! There in front of him stood a castle with high towers. The young man stood stock still in amazement, “I wonder who this castle belongs to?” he thought.

The young Prince rode on towards the castle. The drawbridge was down and, holding his horse by the reins, he crossed over it. Immediately he saw the inhabitants draped all over the steps, the halls and courtyards, and said to himself, “Good heavens! They’re dead!” But in a moment, he realised that they were sound asleep. “Wake up! Wake up!” he shouted, but nobody moved. Still thoroughly astonished, he went into the castle and again discovered more people, lying fast asleep on the floor. As though led by a hand in the complete silence, the Prince finally reached the room where the beautiful Princess lay fast asleep. For a long time he stood gazing at her face, so full of serenity, so peaceful, lovely and pure, and he felt spring to his heart that love he had always been searching for and never found. Overcome by emotion, he went close, lifted the girl’s little white hand and gently kissed it . . .

At that kiss, the princess quickly opened her eyes, and wakening from her long sleep, seeing the Prince beside her, murmured, “Oh, you have come at last! I was waiting for you in my dreams. I’ve waited so long!”

Just then, the spell was broken. The Princess rose to her feet, holding out her hand to the Prince. And the whole castle woke up too. Everybody rose to their feet and they all stared round in amazement, wondering what had happened. When they finally realised, they rushed to the Princess, more beautiful and happier then ever.

A few days later, the castle that only a short time before had laid in silence, now rang with the sound of singing, music and happy laughter at the great party given in honour of the Prince and Princess, who were getting married. They lived happily ever after, as they always do in fairy tales.

Sleeping Beauty (Hardcover)

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By (author): Mahlon F. Craft

Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted slumber has captivated readers’ hearts for centuries. Now brought luminously to life by K. Y. Craft’s lavish paintings, this new edition of a timeless favorite is sure to enchant readers both young and old. Fairy tale lovers have been eagerly awaiting Craft’s next magical romance since the release of her Cinderella. With illustrations inspired by the magnificent style of Baroque painters, the sumptuous color and exquisite detail of this breathtaking interpretation make it a dream come true.
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Sleeping Beauty (Original Text with Classic Illustrations) (Paperback)

By (author): Charles Perrault

Veiled in a thick and thorny wood, an enchanted princess lies sleeping for a century, awaiting a prince, whose time has come to break the spell.

The original tale of The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood was written by Charles Perrault, inventor of the modern fairy tale and creator of such timeless characters as Little Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots. It is among the most beautiful and enduring of all stories, and has inspired hundreds of adaptations, including Disney’s Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent.

This edition combines Søren Filipski’s lively modern translation with two famous sets of vintage illustrations: E. Monnin’s lavish engravings from the great 1843 Curmer edition and those of the French master Gustave Doré, from Tales from Mother Goose. Both sets provide a rich, dramatic visual compliment to this haunting tale of love and the passage of time.

Also included in the translation is the continuing story of the Princess’s life in the years after she awakes, omitted from nearly all modern editions.

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Sleeping Beauty: Based on the Original Story by the Brothers Grimm (Hardcover)

The classic tale of Sleeping Beauty is brought magically to life through Sarah Gibb’s extraordinary artwork. The beautiful Princess Rosebud, the evil curse that sends her into a deep sleep, and her rescue by a charming prince are all represented in stunning silhouettes and intricate details. Each elegant illustration perfectly captures the magic of this much-loved tale. Sure to enchant readers of all ages!
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Sleeping Beauty (Two-Disc Platinum Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo + BD Live) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)

Director: Clyde Geronimi
Starring: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy
Rating: G (General Audience)

Awaken your senses to the majesty of SLEEPING BEAUTY Walt Disney’s ultimate fairy tale. See more than you’ve ever seen before through the magic of state of the art technology and experience this groundbreaking film restored beyond its original brilliance in the way Walt envisioned it pristine beautiful utterly breathtaking. From the grand celebration of Princess Aurora’s birth to the fateful day when she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and falls under Malificent’s evil curse to Prince Philip’s courageous battle against a fire-breathing dragon the stunning artistry and spine-tingling sounds will transform your home into a fantastic world. The adventures continue as you are immersed into a wonderful world of bonus features.

In the original story, Princess Aurora sleeps for 100 years before being awakened by a prince’s kiss. In the Disney version, Prince Philip comes to her rescue much sooner.
George Brun’s orchestral score, which was nominated for an Academy Award, expertly blended famous themes from Tchaikovsky’s ballet.
With a budget that exceeded $6 million in 1959, this was Walt Disney’s most lavish and expensive animated feature to date.
Determined to make the characters as realistic as possible, Disney had a live action film shot with actors posing as Sleeping Beauty, the Prince, and Maleficent, for the animators to use.
New York Times critic Bosley Crowther called the fight between Prince Philip and Maleficent the noisiest and scariest go-round he (Disney) has ever put into one of his films.
Live Menus Featuring A Real Time Castle Environment
All-New Making Of SLEEPING BEAUTY Featurette
Deleted Songs
And More!
DISNEY BD LIVE innovative features premiering on Sleeping Beauty include Chat and Create Custom Video Messages With yoru Friends As You Watch The Film, Shop For Add-Ons and Downloads, Maleficent’s Challenge Game, Living Menus Real Time Castle Environment Changes Based on Your Location System Requirements:Running Time: 75 minutes Format: BLU-RAY DISC Genre: CHILDREN/FAMILY Rating: G UPC: 786936746228 Manufacturer No: 05560800

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Maleficent [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)

Features: PB ACTION/ADVENTURE, Run Time: 96, Release Date: 11/4/2014
Director: Robert Stromberg
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton
Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Explore the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain in this wickedly fun twist on the classic SLEEPING BEAUTY. In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places an irrevocable curse on the king’s newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora. But as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming fond of the girl. And as the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land. Journey beyond the fairy tale in this soaring adventure that is “visually arresting, brilliantly designed” (Andrew Barker, Variety).
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The Royal Ballet: Tchaikovsky- The Sleeping Beauty (DVD)

Director: The Royal Ballet, Ovsyanikov, MacGibbon
Starring: Tchaikovsky, Cojocaru, Bonelli, Nunez, Rosato
Rating: NR (Not Rated)

The Sleeping Beauty has been performed at many key moments in the Royal Ballet’s history. To coincide with the Company’s 75th Anniversary, Monica Mason and Christopher Newton created a new production based on the Sergeyev/De Valois/Messel production that was first performed by the company in 1946. Peter Farmer recreated and augmented Oliver Messel’s designs adn Christopher Wheeldon choreographed a new Garland Dance for this production.
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Disney Sparkling Princess Sleeping Beauty Doll (Toy)

Features: Girls can recreate their favorite Disney fairytale moments, Dressed in her beautiful signature gown, Gown has sparkling glitter detail and sequins

Ready for a night of magic, Sleeping Beauty shines in a gown fit for a princess. Sleeping Beauty steps out of the fairytale and into girls’ hearts in a sparkling pink gown, with a beautiful hairstyle and tiara to match! Collect other Disney Sparkle Princess dolls. Each sold separately, subject to availability. Dolls cannot stand alone Age 3+
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