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“Sleeping Beauty” is adapted from both the Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm versions of the classic fairy tale

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“Sleeping Beauty” is adapted from both the Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm versions of the classic fairy tale. In Perrault, the princess’s name is Aurora; in Grimm, it’s Briar Rose. In the movie, she’s born Aurora but takes on Briar Rose as an alias during the years she spends hiding out from Maleficent.

Instead of three quirky fairies, the original version included seven, as in Perrault’s story. (Other versions include up to 13, making the evil fairy the unlucky addition.) The gifts the seven fairies bestowed in Perrault’s tale were beauty, wit, grace, dance, song, and music. In Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, this was truncated to beauty and song.

Much of the film’s score was taken from Tchaikovsky‘s ballet by the same name. However, George Bruns, who arranged the music, took the majority of the credit.

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