Sleeping Beauty, Disney's 16th feature film, came
to the screen on January 29,1959.
King Stefan and King Hubert celebrate the birth of Stefan's infant daughter, Aurora and
the betrothal of Hubert's son Phillip to her. The three good fairies, Flora, Fauna and
Merryweather, are in the midst of bestowing gifts on the princess, when Maleficent, the
evil fairy, interrupts. Furious at having been excluded from the ceremonies, Maleficent
curses the child to die on her sixteenth birthday, by the prick of her finger on the
spindle of a spinning wheel. Though Merryweather is able to soften the curse, bestowing
an enchanted sleep instead of death, Stefan orders the kingdom's spinning wheels burned
and sends his daughter into hiding with the three good fairies. By chance, on the eve of
her sixteenth birthday, Aurora meets Phillip in the woods, and the two fall in love. At
the same time, Maleficent discovers Aurora's whereabouts, captures Prince Phillip, and
entices Aurora to a remote castle tower, where she pricks her finger and falls into the
magic sleep. Phillip defeats and destroys Maleficent and wakes the princess Aurora with
true love's kiss.
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