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The Sleeping Beauty U rating

The Brothers Grimm's story springs to life in intricate silhouette animation.

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1954 10 mins

Director: Lotte Reiniger


"Once upon a time in a beautiful castle lived a king and a queen who were very happy." This fairy story beginning soon tilts to the macabre and grotesque when the castle falls into its 100-year sleep, awaiting the arrival of the young prince. The Grimm brothers' story stirred animator Lotte Reiniger deeply as a child, when she burst into tears at missing a cinema screening of an early version.