The StoryThis is a limited edition
sericel entitled, "Fairy Tale Moments," specially created for the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959). It depicts key icons from the animated feature as they tell the classic story - (from top left) Princess Aurora in her disguise as peasant maid Briar Rose; the three vigilant good fairies - Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather; the cursed spinning wheel, glowing with Maleficent's evil spell; (from bottom left) the threacherous glare of the malevolent Maleficent; Maleficent in her guise as a giant fire-breathing dragon; and finally, Prince Phillip bestowing "true love's kiss" to his Sleeping Beauty - and true love conquers all.The ArtworkSleeping Beauty was produced in an era of epics. Television had become commonplace, and owing to this new in-home entertainment (and a variety of other business shifts), movie studios and theater owners felt the need to create spectacular entertainment for the movie houses, preferably in wide screen and stereophonic sound. In this way, Sleeping Beauty was really Walt Disney's "epic" animated feature. Because of this, and the artistic challenges Walt has set for his creative team, Sleeping Beauty took six years in production and cost the then staggering sum of six million dollars.With Sleeping Beauty, Walt Disney sought to create the pinnacle of the animated art form. In seeking a whole new approach to telling a classic tale, character animators created Disney's strongest animated human figures to that time. Marc Davis animated the young princess Briar Rose as well as the evil Maleficent - a tour de force of animated acting. Milt Kahl handled the animation of Prince Phillip. Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston animated the three fairy guardians, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather.