Aurora appeared in the 1959 Walt Disney production of Sleeping Beauty. A tale of a young girl cursed upon her sixteenth birthday, only to be awoken by love’s first kiss. Sleeping Beauty flopped in theatres and another Disney fairytale was not created for another 30 years! Where did Walt Disney find inspiration for this tale? Today we look at the original tale told by Brothers Grimm (Little Brier Rose), and Charles Perrault.
The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm
The story begins much the same. Seven good fairies (instead of 3) are asked to be the godmothers of the baby Princess. An evil fairy (Maleficent?) enters the palace. Everyone thought this evil fairy was dead because she had been living within a tower for years. The baby is gifted beauty, wit, grace, dance, song, and music by the first six fairies. The evil fairy is so mad that she is being overlooked that she enchants the Princess so that she will prick her hand on a spindle and die. The final good fairy tries to do damage control. Rather than dying, the Princess will go into a deep sleep for 100 years unless awakened by a kiss from a Prince.