Once Upon a Dream Book
Once Upon a Dream chronicles the history of the beloved fairytale Sleeping Beauty, from Charles Perrault's original story in 1697 to Walt Disney's 1959 animated masterpiece, and finally, 2014's live-action Maleficent. See more
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With its themes of a beautiful princess, a dashing prince, and love triumphing over powerful magic, Sleeping Beauty remains one of the most beloved of all fairytales. The story was first published by Charles Perrault in 1697. Perrault's vision of the ageless, enchanted princess slumbering in her vine-encrusted tower has fascinated readers and artists for more 300 years, three times as long as the heroine slept. This heavily-illustrated book will trace the history of that fascination, which has manifested itself in literature, fine art, poetry, music, and film.
The most celebrated cinematic version of Sleeping Beauty is Walt Disney's 1959 widescreen epic, the glorious finale of the animated fairytales he began in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Although Briar Rose/Aurora was the most beautiful and beautifully animated of the Disney princesses, the film was dominated by the evil fairy Maleficent. Perrault's shriveled old fairy was transformed by master animator Marc Davis and voice actress Eleanor Audley into the epitome of the lovely but terrible sorceress of fantasy literature.
The book concludes with the development and filming of the live-action interpretation Maleficent (2014), including interviews with Angelina Jolie and director Robert Stromberg; behind-the-scenes details and photography; costumes, props, and makeup; and plenty of movie magic.
- Written by Charles Solomon
- 176 pages
- Published by Disney Press
The bare necessities
- 12'' H x 9 3/8'' W x 1'' D
- Made in U.S.A.
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