Sleeping Beauty (1995 film)

Sleeping Beauty
Directed by Toshiyuki Hiruma
Produced by Mark Taylor
Written by Charles Perrault and The Brothers Grimm (original story)
Larry Hartstein
Based on La Belle au bois dormant by Charles Perrault
Little Briar Rose by Brothers Grimm
Music by Andrew Dimitroff
Distributed by GoodTimes Entertainment
Release dates
  • December 19, 1995 (1995-12-19) (U.S.)
Running time
48 minutes
Country Japan
United States
Language English

Sleeping Beauty is a 1995 American-Japanese animated film adapted from the two classic fairy tales, Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and also by The Brothers Grimm. Originally released directly to video, the 48-minute film was produced by Jetlag Productions and was distributed to DVD in 2002 by GoodTimes Entertainment as part of their "Collectible Classics" line.


In a faraway kingdom, the king and queen wanted a child of their own for a long time, and when their wish finally came true with the birth of their daughter, they announced a grand celebration. All of the fairies from the kingdom were invited and asked to be godmothers for the Princess Felicity. Each of the fairies blessed the baby girl with special gifts of beauty, grace, and intelligence. Just as Primrose, the youngest of the fairies, was about to give the child her gift, Odelia, the evil fairy, gives the child the gift of death: one week after Princess Felicity's sixteenth birthday, she is to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die. Frightened by Odelia's curse, the king and queen beg Primrose to save their daughter with her gift. Though Primrose doubts her magic could defeat Odelia's, she decides that if she cannot remove the curse, she will be able to change it, and therefore declares that Princess Felicity will indeed prick her finger on a spindle, but instead she will fall into a sleep that will last one hundred years and a day, and be awakened by a kiss of true love and Odelia will be the one to die instead.

Princess Felicity grows into a beautiful girl, ignorant about Odelia's curse. One week after her sixteenth birthday, Felicity, tired of spending her days by Primrose's side, wanders off to explore the castle on her own. Behind a door in one of the castle towers, she hears a strange sound that calls her attention, and as she enters the room, she finds an old woman, spinning thread with the use of a spinning wheel. The strange object causes Felicity to be curious and she begs to be allowed to try it. The old woman, who is in reality the wicked Odelia in disguise, hands Felicity the spindle and she accidentally pricks her index finger. As Odelia's curse had said, Princess Felicity soon feels dizziness and falls to the ground unconscious. Primrose, the king and queen discover her and place her gently on a bed, where she's to sleep for the one hundred years of the curse. Primrose then places a spell over the castle, commanding the entire kingdom to sleep until Princess Felicity awakens, an attempt that drains out all of her magic, becoming powerless and turning into a red rose. Throughout the hundred years, many princes and noble men try to break Odelia's spell, even after she places a massive forest of thorns surrounding the palace, but all are unsuccessful. Prince Richard, with the help of Primrose's spirit, overcome the many obstacles to reach Princess Felicity, the Sleeping Beauty, and put an end to Odelia's curse and her own life. Felicity awakens to the kiss of Prince Richard and the rest of the kingdom awakens from its long slumber as well. Prince Richard and Princess Felicity are married and start a family in the palace, where they live happily ever after.


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