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Episode 245

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Published on: 22nd February, 2024

The final episode of Animation Season 2024, and one of Walt Disney's crowning achievements in animation: Sleeping Beauty.

Doing another princess movie after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella seemed like the obvious choice, but it was also risky. Walt Disney didn't want to make the same thing again, and wanted to wow the public with yet another cinematic visual masterpiece to prove Disney were the pioneering animation studio.

A "moving illustration".

To do this he enlisted Eyvind Earle, combining pre-Renaissance, Italian, and Gothic French influences with his own abstract style of realism to create the formalised elegance and stylish design, while also taking advantage of 70mm Super Technirama for the first time ever in animation.

Sleeping Beauty would be lavish and be exactly what Disney intended, but it would come at a cost. Literally and figuratively.

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Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are audibly book ended by Jess. She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by the comparatively quieter Evie.

I love podcasts, and listen to many, but never my own.

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