Wilhelm Grimm and his brother Jacob created some of the most beloved fairy tales of all time. Wilhelm, the younger of the Brothers Grimm, was born on February 24, 1786 in Germany. He and his brother were able to write one of the most iconic fairy tales of all time: Sleeping Beauty. In 1959, Walt Disney strayed a little away from the original story of Sleeping Beauty in the movie.
When the movie opens we are introduced to a kingdom where there is a King and Queen who long for a child. When they finally had a daughter the entire kingdom rejoiced in a festive celebration. Everyone in the land was invited, except for one. Maleficent is the most feared witch who is scorned for not receiving an invitation. After barging in on the middle of the three good fairies granting their wishes to the child, Aurora, she casts a spell so they would die. Merrywether, had yet to grant her wish goes along and makes it so that she would go into a deep sleep only to be awaken by true loves kiss. Merrywether and her fellow fairies, Flora and Fauna, come up with the idea of taking Aurora and raising her as their own in an attempt to stop Maleficents magic. They do so, promising to return before her sixteenth birthday when the spell is supposed to take effect. One day in the woods, Aurora, now going by Briar Rose, meets Prince Phillip. Little does she know hat this is the man whom her long lost parents have betrothed her to. The two fall for each other with her telling him to meet up with her at the cottage she was raised in. When Aurora returns home, the fairies inform her of her true identity. Shocked and frustrated with the fact that she can’t marry the man who she met in the forest (she doesn’t know his real identity), she runs and cries. After the fairies return her to the castle she is left alone to dwell upon her lost love alone in a room. The fairies return into the room just in time to see a hypnotized Aurora taken by Maleficent to prick her finger on a spinning wheel. She does so, and the fairies case a spell so everyone does not have to live with the grief. Meanwhile, Phillip informs his father of Aurora and gets the same response as she did. This leaves Phillips fatehr to ponder whether it is more important for his son to marry a girl he loves or a princess whom he has met only once as a child. Later the fairies return to the cottage only to learn that the man whom she fell in love with is Prince Phillip and he has been taken away by Maleficent, who set a trap. The three good fairies go to set Prince Phillip free. They do so using their magic to make sure that he reaches the palace in time to wake up Princess Aurora with true loves kiss. Yet, Maleficent casts a spell so that thorns grow quickly to prevent him from reaching the castle. But, he makes it through infuriating Maleficent causing her to turn into a dragon. He narrowly defeats Maleficent with the help of the fairies. Phillip is then shown to be running into the castle to the highest tower towards Aurora only to awaken her with true loves kiss. When Aurora and Phillip realize who the other person is they smile with joy. Phillip and Aurora make their grand entrance with the kingdom rejoicing at the return of the princess.
Sleeping Beauty came out in 1959 from Walt Disney Studios. It did not receive the popularity that Walt Disney had hoped for. Yet, today, it is regarded as a Disney classic. Wilhelm Grimm and his brother are responsible for the story of Sleeping Beauty. Wilhelm Grimm was born on February 24, 1786 only to become a popular teller of fairy tales that live on today.