I was driving home the other day and heard Tchaikovsky’s ballet score The Sleeping Beauty and almost instinctively started humming away. It’s such as highly infectious score that you’d be hard pressed NOT to hum to its waltz-like theme after you listen to it. I adore Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, the music is such an integral part of why I adore that movie so much. From the beginning of the movie with Hail to the Princess Aurora all the way to the finale, it’s filled with beautiful melody. Mary Costa, who’s also a professional opera singer, lent the voice of Princes Aurora/Briar Rose.
The feature itself is fantastic, it’s by far one of the best hand-drawn animation with its vibrant colors and detailed texture, an impressive feat given it was done back in 1959. It has such a timeless quality even compared to today’s sophisticated CGI animation. Tangled, which is a contemporary take on the Princess fairy tale genre looks pretty good, though it remains to be seen if it’ll be regarded as a Disney classic like this one.
I’m taking a bit of a blogging break today so I thought I’d share my favorite scene from the movie – Once Upon A Dream:
Disney’s Princess flicks certainly got some truly memorable songs. If I were to list my top five, it probably goes like this:
- Sleeping Beauty‘s Once Upon A Dream
- Cinderella‘s A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
- Little Mermaid‘s Part of Your World & Kiss The Girl (tie)
- Beauty & The Beast‘s Something There
- Pocahontas‘ Color of the Wind