Sleeping Beauty, 1959

A great collection of original production animation cels, original production animation drawings, model sheets, and concept paintings for sale from the Walt Disney feature film.

Prince Phillip Cel
Prince Phillip Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Prince Phillip set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Prince Phillip: 6 x 3", Image 11 x 15 3/4"; Unframed; $1,250 or Pay Over Several Months!

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Goon Suggestions Model Sheet
Goon Suggestions Model Sheet

Original production animation model sheet of Goon Suggestions from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Printed on photo stat paper with film & characters (Goon Suggestions) title, production number, and Property of Walt Disney Productions stamp; Size - Sheet: 11 x 14"; Unframed; $50 or Pay Over Several Months!

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Goons Model Sheet
Goons Model Sheet

Original production animation model sheet of Goons from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Printed on photo stat paper; Size - Sheet: 11 x 14"; Unframed; $50 or Pay Over Several Months!

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Goons Model Sheet
Goons Model Sheet

Original production animation model sheet of Goons from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Printed on photo stat paper; Size - Sheet: 11 x 14"; Unframed; $50 or Pay Over Several Months!

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Goons Model Sheet
Goons Model Sheet

Original production animation model sheet of Goons from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Printed on photo stat paper; Size - Sheet: 11 x 14"; Unframed; $50 or Pay Over Several Months!

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SOLD - Briar Rose & Prince Phillip Cels
SOLD - Briar Rose & Prince Phillip Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked pan production animation cels of Briar Rose and Prince Phillip with original hand painted and hand inked pan production animation cel overlay of two trees, flowers, and plants all set on a hand-painted background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Briar Rose: 6" x 2 1/2", Prince Phillip: 4 3/4 x 1 3/4"; Image 11 x 34"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Prince Phillip Cel
SOLD - Prince Phillip Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Prince Phillip set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Prince Phillip: 3 3/4 x 2 1/4", Image 9 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Squirrel Ruff Model Suggestions Model Sheet
SOLD - Squirrel Ruff Model Suggestions Model Sheet

Original production animation model sheet of Squirrel Ruff Model Suggestions from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Printed on photo stat paper with film & character (Squirrel Ruff Model Suggestions) title, production number, and Property of Walt Disney Productions stamp; Size - Sheet: 11 x 14"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora Cel
SOLD - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora: 7 1/2 x 8", Image 9 3/4 x 13"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - King Hubert Model Sheet
SOLD - King Hubert Model Sheet

Original production animation model sheet of King Hubert from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Printed on photo stat paper; Size - Sheet: 11 x 14"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Maleficent As Dragon Cels
SOLD - Maleficent As Dragon Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Maleficent as the Dragon and Wings set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Maleficent as Dragon: 7 1/2" x 12", Image 8 x 12", Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Maleficent & Prince Cels
SOLD - Maleficent & Prince Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Maleficent and Prince Phillip set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Maleficent & Prince Phillip: 8 3/4 x 13", Image 10 x 16"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Goons Model Sheet
SOLD - Goons Model Sheet

Original production animation model sheet of Goons from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Printed on photo stat paper; Size - Sheet: 11 x 14"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Goons Model Sheet
SOLD - Goons Model Sheet

Original production animation model sheet of Goons from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Printed on photo stat paper; Size - Sheet: 11 x 14"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Briar Rose Cel
SOLD - Briar Rose Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Briar Rose set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 27 in ink lower right; Size - Briar Rose: 8 x 6 1/2", Image 11 x 15 1/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Fauna Model Sheet
SOLD - Fauna Model Sheet

Original production animation model sheet of Fauna from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Printed on photo stat paper with character (Fauna) title, production number, and Property of Walt Disney Productions stamp; Size - Sheet: 11 x 14"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - King Hubert & King Stefan Model Sheet
SOLD - King Hubert & King Stefan Model Sheet

Original production animation model sheet of King Hubert & King Stefan from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Printed on photo stat paper; Size - Sheet: 10 x 32"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Merryweather Model Sheet
SOLD - Merryweather Model Sheet

Original production animation model sheet of Merryweather from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Printed on photo stat paper with character (Merryweather) title, production number, and Property of Walt Disney Productions stamp; Size - Sheet: 11 x 14"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Squirrel Model Sheet
SOLD - Squirrel Model Sheet

Original production animation model sheet of Squirrel from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Printed on photo stat paper with character (Squirrel) title, production number, and Property of Walt Disney Productions stamp; Size - Sheet: 11 x 14"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Owl, Bluebird, & Cardinal Model Sheet
SOLD - Owl, Bluebird, & Cardinal Model Sheet

Original production animation model sheet of Owl, Bluebird, & Cardinal from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Printed on photo stat paper with characters (Owl, Bluebird, & Cardinal) title, production number, and Property of Walt Disney Productions stamp; Size - Sheet: 14 x 17"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Owl Model Sheet
SOLD - Owl Model Sheet

Original production animation model sheet of Owl from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Printed on photo stat paper with character (Owl) title, production number, and Property of Walt Disney Productions stamp; Size - Sheet: 11 x 14"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Briar Rose Cel
SOLD - Briar Rose Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Briar Rose set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Production numbers lower cel edge; Numbered 74 in ink lower right; Size - Briar Rose: 5 3/4 x 3 1/4", Image 11 x 11 1/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Goon Suggestions Model Sheet
SOLD - Goon Suggestions Model Sheet

Original production animation model sheet of Goon Suggestions from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Printed on photo stat paper with film & characters (Goon Suggestions) title, production number, and Property of Walt Disney Productions stamp; Size - Sheet: 11 x 14"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Briar Rose & Mock Prince Cels
SOLD - Briar Rose & Mock Prince Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Briar Rose and the Mock Prince set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Briar Rose and Mock Prince: 6 3/4 x 5", Image 7 3/4 x 9 3/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Maleficent, Goons, & Diablo Model Sheet
SOLD - Maleficent, Goons, & Diablo Model Sheet

Original production animation model sheet of Maleficent, Goons, & Diablo from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Printed on photo stat paper with film & characters (Maleficent & Goons) title, and production number; Size - Sheet: 11 x 14"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora Cel
SOLD - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora: 2 1/2 x 2 1/2", Image 10 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Briar Rose & Prince Phillip Cels
SOLD - Briar Rose & Prince Phillip Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Briar Rose and Prince Phillip set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Briar Rose: 6 x 2 3/4", Prince Phillip: 5 3/4 x 3 1/2", Image 10 x 13 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Signed Maleficent As Dragon Cel
SOLD - Signed Maleficent As Dragon Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Maleficent as the Dragon Signed Marc Davis in ink lower left; With Fire Effects overlay cel; Set on a lithographic background with lithographic overlay from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Maleficent as Dragon: 4 3/4" x 5 3/4"; Image 7 1/2 x 11 1/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Maleficent/Dragon & Prince
SOLD - Maleficent/Dragon & Prince

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Maleficent as the Dragon and Prince Phillip set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Maleficent as Dragon 6 1/2" x 11 3/4", Prince Phillip 1 3/4 x 3", Image 10 x 16", Frame 30 x 34 3/4"; Framed with a black and gold wood frame, three suede acid free mats, and UV conservation clear Museum Perfect glass; SOLD!

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SOLD - Maleficent & Goons Model Sheet
SOLD - Maleficent & Goons Model Sheet

Original production animation model sheet of Maleficent & Goons from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Printed on photo stat paper with Return to Dick Lucas 1A10 lower right and "goons most recent 1/28/58" in pencil upper left; Size - Sheet: 12 1/2 x 30"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Eyvind Earle Concept Painting
SOLD - Eyvind Earle Concept Painting

Eyvind Earle original concept painting of Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Gouache on board; Signed Eyvind Earle lower right; Size - Concept Painting: 5 x 15"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Three Good Fairies Cels
SOLD - Three Good Fairies Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Flora: 8 1/4" x 4 3/4", Fauna: 7 3/4 x 4 1/4", Merryweather: 6 x 4 3/4"; Image 10 3/4 x 16"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Maleficent & Diablo Cels
SOLD - Maleficent & Diablo Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Maleficent's Body, Maleficent's Arm & Staff, and Diablo set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Production numbers in ink lower cel edges; Size - Maleficent & Diablo: 9 x 6 1/2", Image 11 x 13 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Princess Aurora Cel & Drawing
SOLD - Princess Aurora Cel & Drawing

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel set on a hand-painted background and production animation drawing in graphite pencil of Princess Aurora from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Princess Aurora Cel: 6 3/4 x 5 1/2", Drawing: 8 x 5 3/4", Images 9 3/4 x 13 1/2", Frame 24 3/4 x 44 3/4"; Framed with a gold wood frame, two linen mats, gold fillet, and UV conservation clear glass; SOLD!

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SOLD - Briar Rose & Red Bird Cels
SOLD - Briar Rose & Red Bird Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Briar Rose and a Red Bird set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Briar Rose: 6 1/4 x 6", Red Bird: 3/4 x 1 3/4, Image 8 1/2 x 11", Mat 12 3/4 x 14 3/4"; Double matted; SOLD!

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SOLD - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora Cel
SOLD - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora: 6 1/2 x 5", Image 8 1/2 x 12 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Briar Rose & Mock Prince Cel
SOLD - Briar Rose & Mock Prince Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Briar Rose and the Mock Prince set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Briar Rose and Mock Prince: 12 1/2 x 5", Image 13 1/2 x 10 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Briar Rose Drawing
SOLD - Briar Rose Drawing

Original production animation drawing of Briar Rose in graphite pencil from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 35 in graphite pencil center and lower right; Animation ladder lower right; Size - Briar Rose: 8 x 5 1/2", Sheet 12 1/2 x 15 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Briar Rose & Prince Phillip Cels
SOLD - Briar Rose & Prince Phillip Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Briar Rose and Prince Phillip set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; With original Art Corner Certificate sticker; Size - Briar Rose & Prince Phillip: 5 3/4 x 7 1/2", Image 7 3/4 x 10 1/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Maleficent & Diablo Cel
SOLD - Maleficent & Diablo Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Maleficent and Diablo set on a lithographic matching background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; With Walt Disney Certificate; Size - Maleficent 9 1/4 x 14 1/2", Image 10 x 15 3/4", Frame 29 1/4" x 34"; Framed with a black and gold wood frame, three suede acid free mats, and UV conservation clear Museum Perfect glass; SOLD!

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 Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Production numbers lower cel edges; Size - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora: 5 1/4 x 3 3/4", Image 11 x 17"; Unframed.

"Sleeping Beauty" is a Walt Disney animated full length feature film and was based on "The Sleeping Beauty" by Charles Perrault and "Little Briar Rose" by The Brothers Grimm. The film was the sixteenth in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, and it was released to theaters on January 29, 1959 by Buena Vista Distribution. This was to be the last Disney adaptation of a fairy tale for many years, both because of its initial mixed critical reception, and 

because of its initial mixed critical reception, and because of it's under performance at the box office. The Walt Disney studio did not return to the fairy tale genre until 30 years later, with the release of "The Little Mermaid" in 1989.

The film was directed by Les Clark, Eric Larson, and Wolfgang Reitherman, under the supervision of Clyde Geronimi. The story was written by Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright, and Milt Banta. The film's musical score and songs, featuring the Graunke Symphony Orchestra, was under the direction of George Bruns. Arrangements and/or adaptations were derived from numbers from the 1890 "Sleeping Beauty Ballet" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. In addition, Igor Stravinsky's music compositions were also adapted into the film. "Sleeping Beauty" was the first animated film to be photographed in the Super Technirama 70 widescreen process, as well as the second full-length animated feature film to be filmed in anamorphic widescreen; following "Lady and the Tramp" four years earlier. In select first-run engagements, the film was presented in Super Technirama 70 and 6-channel stereophonic sound.

"Sleeping Beauty" introduced two characters that would become universal favorites; Maleficent and Princess Aurora. Aurora, along with Snow White and Cinderella would be forever immortalized in the public's view as the three greatest Disney Princesses. The original design for Aurora was developed by Tom Oreb, who based the character on the famed Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn; known for her thin frame and a very graceful demeanor. Marc Davis, the head animator for Aurora, would continue the development of the character by morphing her general appearance and the clothing of the heroine. The fine tuning of the character continued so that she could be combined with the very angular forms present in the Eyvind Earle hand painted backgrounds.

As with other Disney films, an actress was hired as a live-action model (as a guide for the animators) for Princess Aurora. Helene Stanley, who was also the model for Cinderella in 1950, became the model for the heroine. It is interesting to note that prior to marrying Marc Davis in 1956, Alice (Davis) designed some of costumes worn by Stanley in her acting role as Aurora.

In 1952, the professional opera singer Mary Costa, after meeting people at a party with her future husband director Frank Tashlin, auditioned for the part of Disney's Princess Aurora. Walt Disney called her personally within hours of the audition to inform her that the part was hers. The success of the film "Sleeping Beauty," owes many of those accolades to the voice of Mary Costa. Her songs were some of the most beautiful ever sung by a Disney Princess. In November 1999 Mary Costa received the Disney Legends Award, and her hand prints are now a permanent part of the Disney Legends Plaza at the entrance to Walt Disney Studios.

 

The majority of the film does not have Aurora on the big screen, but rather her disguised form Briar Rose. Even though Princess Aurora is one of the most loved of all the Disney Princesses, she has least amount of screen time of any prior Princess; only 18 minutes to be exact and during those 18 minutes she only has 18 lines.

Prince Phillip was animated by Milt Kahl and voiced Bill Shirley and Aurora was animated by Marc Davis (who was also lead animator for Maleficent) and voiced by Mary Costa. Both Bill and Mary would be live action models for Prince Phillip and Briar Rose/Princess Aurora for the animators, and their chemistry was magical on screen. In addition, their singing together was one of the many highlights of the film. As discussed by Andreas Deja, Milt Kahl did not like the job of animating Prince Phillip: "Some of you might know that Milt absolutely despised working on the prince. During one of our get togethers I asked him, how he could do such a beautiful job on a character he loathes. To my best recollection he said: 'Well, the character needs to be in the picture, I didn't like the assignment, but you do the best you can.'"

The animation of Prince Phillip by Milt Kahl was radically different than prior Princes in other films.  Phillip was an active character; speaking to his horse Sampson and Sampson understanding what he was saying.  Phillip was also seen as a child at the start of the film, had to be animated in more than one outfit, was the first Prince to use weapons against a Villain; and had to speak, interact, and sing with his love interest Princess Aurora/Briar Rose.

Also from Andreas Deja:
"As I mentioned before, Milt Kahl really didn't enjoy animating Prince Phillip. A handsome dude with a limited range for acting just didn't appeal to him. Of course he still gave it all he'd got to put a descent performance on the screen. (In reference to viewing some of Kahl's rough drawings)... It looks to me that this scene was somewhat based on live action reference, but the translation into drawn animation is incredible. Just dealing with the horse turning direction would be a real challenge. Assistant artist Dave Suding, who worked on the film, told me once that one clean up drawing with the prince on his horse took one full day. That means a second of final clean up footage would require a whole month! Incredible."

When the Walt Disney Company began to promote the theme of Princesses to the public, it was the Princess Aurora character dressed in either the blue or pink dress, that was the preferred form. For animation collectors, the opportunities to acquire cels or drawings of Princess Aurora are few and far between; let alone with Prince Phillip. These cels however, represent one of the greatest setups I have ever seen. Both Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora's are eyes open and they are full figure walking arm in arm towards their parents. They soon end up dancing on the floor of King Stephen's castle and fade into the clouds for the film's stunning finale. This would be a spectacular addition to any high end Walt Disney animation art collection!

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