🎶 I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream
I know you, the gleam in your eyes is so familiar a gleam
Yet I know it’s true that visions are seldom all they seem
But if I know you, I know what you’ll do
You’ll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream 🎶
I use to love the Disney 1959 Sleeping Beauty movie when I was little. I loved that song from it too. I would sing along every time. Then I made the mistake of reading the Grimm’s version. My childhood is ruined.
So the movie doesn’t go into detail about how Sleeping beauty is born. It just starts with her christening.
In the Grimm’s version the king and queen can’t seem to have a child. Everyday they talk about how they want a child but just can’t seem to have one. Then one day while the queen was bathing a frog comes out of the water and tells her that she’s going to have a child before the year is over. Then BAM! Baby. I find this a little odd and a tad disturbing…
The first few minutes of the movie are just of people coming into the castle for the celebration. It introduces the king, queen, daughter, and Prince Philip, the boy who she is betrothed to. Then the three good fairies come and to give the child gifts. The first two give the gifts of beauty and song, but before the third can give her’s who should walk in? Non other than the one, the only, the Mistress of All Evil…….Maleficent! My favorite villain ever! Best part of the entire movie in my opinion.
Now the book. In the book a slightly smaller gathering is formed. Instead of the entire kingdom the king invites friends, family, acquaintances, and the Wise Women (so they can give his daughter gifts). But the king has a bit of a problem. He only has twelve gold plates and there are thirteen Wise Women! Well he decides to only invite twelve and just not tell the other one. Well eleven bestow their gifts upon the child. Gifts like beauty, virtue, and riches. Well before the twelfth can give the child her gift in walks woman number thirteen.
THE CURSE AND LAST GIFT:
When Maleficent comes strutting in she makes it clear that she’s offense but jokingly acts like she’s not. Then the queen stupidly asks if she’s offended and Maleficent say of course not and even gives the child a gift. And her gift, so eloquently put, is “before the sun sets on her 16th birthday, she shall prick her finger – on the spindle of a spinning wheel – and DIE!” Then the third fairy goes and spoils it all. She alters the curse so that instead of dying she falls into a death like sleep and will be awoken by true loves first kiss.
When the thirteenth Wise Women hobbles in she says “The King’s daughter shall in her fifteenth year prick herself with a spindle, and fall down dead.” Then she walks out without saying another word. Short and to the point. Then Wise Woman number twelve uses her gift to say that she won’t die, but she will fall into a deep sleep for a hundred years. Because sleeping for a hundred years and possibly having everyone in your kingdom die or have it taken over by invaders is better.
Well it comes time for Princess Aurora to be cursed on her sixteenth birthday. The king tried destroying every spindle in his kingdom and even sent his daughter away to live with the three fairies. She didn’t even know she was a princess until she returned to the castle on her 16th birthday. Anyways, Maleficent appears in the castle with a spinning wheel, spindle and all, and Aurora pricks her finger! After this the three fairies place everyone in the castle into a sleep that will only be broken when the princess wakes up.
Now Briar-Rose, the princess’s name in the fairy tale, always knew she was a princess. She grew up in the castle. Well on her 15th birthday the king and queen decide that it’s a good idea to leave their daughter alone on the day she is supposed to die. Briar-Rose goes exploring in the castle and stumbles upon an old women in a tower using a spinning wheel. She becomes curious and as soon as she touches the tip of the spindle she falls asleep and so does everyone in the castle, flies and all.
BREAKING THE CURSE AND AFTER:
After Aurora has been cursed Maleficent goes and kidnaps Prince Philip to keep him from waking her up. With the help of the three fairies he escapes and goes to kiss the damsel in distress. But before he can get to the castle Maleficent makes a forest of thorns grow around the castle, bur the prince just cuts through it with his sword. When that doesn’t work, she just turns into a dragon. No big deal right? Just a gigantic dragon! Well Prince Philip ruins all of the fun by killing her in her dragon form. He then goes and kisses the princess and wakes her, and the kingdom, up. After that they go and dance at a ball and they all live happily after ever.
Once Briar-Rose has been cursed a hedge of thorns starts to grow around the castle. Each year they grow higher and higher until finally the entire castle is covered. Every once in a while i prince from some far off land will try to get through to look at the princess but they all get caught in the thorns and die. After a hundred years a particular prince enters the kingdom. He asks the people living there about the castle and decided to try to reach the princess. When he walks up to the hedge of thorns, it turns into beautiful flowers that part for him and close once he walks through. He then goes to where the princess is and kisses her. This wakes her up and everyone else in the castle. After this they got married and “lived contented to the end of their days”
These are both similar in many aspects but they are far different. The underlying story is the same but the details are extremely different. I like the Disney version better though. There is more excitement and there’s singing! But the main reason is Maleficent. She’s my favorite villain! The Disney version is also more kid friendly. The Grimm’s version is a little dark. The princes who tried to get through the thorns before all died “miserable deaths.” Also I just don’t find it as entertaining. I like the dragon fight scene. Which one do you guys like best?